Warning, non weaving related!
I have Hashimotos, ask my hubby – he has no idea either. In fact very few people understand the devastation this autoimmune disease can lay down on you unsuspecting.
It took me well into my 30’s to get diagnosed and I suspect I had it in my teens. I rarely have an issue. If I over exert myself (I am a marathon runner, coach and trainer) and add any slight stress and it is a powder keg for an attack.
I am lucky, I rarely get flares, until recently. A lot of changes, a ton of stress, heading to menopause, no sleep, an irregular schedule, running 40 plus miles a week, long mountain trail runs, early & late clients, more stress and bingo. Every joint feels like glass, it hurts to hold the steering wheel, everyone is asking something of you, but heart palpitations, exhaustion, cold, headaches, flaring between hyper and hypo thyroid make you want to just shut yourself in. When you usually are a force of nature, suddenly you want to lay down on the sidewalk and sleep, and still, because you look fine, everyone wants more of your attention and energy.
Sure enough, I went to the doc and said I couldn’t figure which way this was going – I am suddenly hyperthyroid to the point of possible thyroid storm (think heart failure, major system failure). Sometimes it is the opposite – Hypo – fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, joint pain etc.
It hurts to type, it hurts to do laundry, it def hurts to workout. This is a rarity for me and I am going to assume the additional stress and irregular schedule along with female issues is making this the perfect storm. My Kryptonite.
Like I said, this is a rarity for me, but I wanted to share because there is so little info out there on people who are athletic and have this. It is more frustrating when those close to you think they are helping by giving advice “you forgot your meds, you are depressed, you are getting old” – please – if you have a loved one with this autoimmune disorder – be respectful and read up on it and do not give unsolicited advice!
This illness doesn’t follow rules, it is right up there with Lupus, RA and a host of other issues. I will get better and I will be back running marathons and kicking butt! But in the meantime, do not lecture, do not make assumptions and do not underestimate the illness or the ability of the person afflicted!