This week, and by week I mean yesterday, I got diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease/Thyroiditis. Being new to this disease I'm FAR from the expert but at least I have some answers about why I'm dealing with pretty much everything I've been experiencing from depression to extreme fatigue to the fact that my hair is still coming out by the handful when I shower. (I was still attributing the hair loss to post pregnancy stuff.)
The bare bones of it is that it's an autoimmune disorder where my body is attacking my thyroid gland. When my primary care doctor got my thyroid labs back his quote was, "Your thyroid levels are off the chain." Where it gets confusing is that it's not ACTUALLY my thyroid that's the problem, while the levels are off what needs to be treated is my immune system, not my thyroid. First course of action is to go on a gluten free diet. Yippy. I'm trying to convince myself that I'm not giving up beer, warm crusty bread, thick tasty gravy, and PASTA but that I am getting to keep my thyroid gland and hopefully stop damaging it and preserving any function is has left.
All this information is a lot to take in. I have a plethora of books to read and much research to be done but at least I have some answers and somewhere to go from here.