Thyroid

An answer to my questions finally?

So it’s been 5 weeks since I started my new medication and I had a check up today with my GP to check my progress and work out our next step.

The Amitriptyline is an anti-depressant, but I was given it for my headaches, along with Cerelle which is a contraceptive pill. I thought it was a strange choice for headaches and pains, but they are working!

I have only had 2 headaches in 5 weeks, which has been amazing.

My leg pains have decreased, they are still there but much more manageable.

I’ve not had any pins and needles or numbness in my hands and fingers.

Insomnia is no longer a part of my life! From the first day of taking the Amitriptyline I slept all night! I was starting to forget what that was like! I ran out of tablets for a day (typical me and my forgetfulness!) and that night I couldn’t sleep. Im not sure if it even works that quickly, I remember from my training that anti-depressants take around 6 weeks to work, so its unlikely that it was due to this, but I took a tablet the next day and slept all night again.

My brain fog has cleared altogether. No more zombie mum on the school run!

Fatigue is at an all time low, which is amazing. I feel my age again and not an old lady! I managed to watch a whole film without falling asleep! Result!

So with all this good news, my GP said she wants to keep me on the same meds and doses and give it another month, then to go see her again.

She mentioned about a condition called Fibromyalgia, which I have heard of before. It is a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. My GP gave me some information to take home and read before my appointment in January. She said the next step will be to be referred to a specialist who can assess and possibly diagnose.

Lots of mixed feelings tonight. It’s so nice to possibly put a name to how I have been feeling and to validate thats it isn’t all in my head. But another diagnosis of a chronic condition? Really? Mother Nature sure gave me a shit body!

I’ve read on so many of my Thyroid groups about how common this condition is, especially in people who have Thyroid problems. Comforting I suppose, but frustrating to think that 5 years ago I was so healthy and never had any problems, now it feels like my body is falling apart!

So I will carry on with the millions of tablets I take each day and wait for January. At least on these meds I can look forward to Christmas with my not so little family, without worrying I’m going to fall asleep or be in too much pain.

xxxxxx

 

 

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Thyroid

Yet more tablets… and still no answers 


I have a new GP at my surgery and she is amazing. I saw her for the second time today. The first time I explained my long list of complaints and sat there and genuinely listened. It felt so nice to have my voice heard and validated rather than fobbed off.

She ordered a fasting blood test for the following week,  to test everything to get to the bottom of what is gong on. Then she wanted me to go back to see her a week later.

All was going to plan, I remembered not to eat which is trauma in itself for me haha and I turned up to have my blood test on time and with 4 children in tow as it was still half term. They all behaved so well I was so proud of them all, I even got comments from other patients about how well behaved they were… if only they knew 😂

The following week I had my appointment to go back and discuss the results. I had a text message reminder the day before, a reminder on my phone and it was written in both my home calendar and my phone calendar. You can guess it. I forgot. God knows how, but I did. So I rang up an hour after my appointment should have been and was told she only works on a Tuesday so I would have to ring back next week so they can try to fit me in. Argh.

So this morning I actually remembered to ring them! Got an appointment for 10am which I was so pleased about.

My GP was again so lovely. My results came back absolutely perfect, which is so good but so frustrating! I was hoping it might be a simple iron tablet or vitamin b 12 but no they are all fine. So what is it?

My symptoms are:

Brain fog

Headaches

Fatigue

Pins and needles in fingers and numbness

Pains/aches in legs

Insomnia

General body ache all the time

My GP has given me a tablets to try called Amitriptyline and Cerelle. Cerelle is a contraceptive pill which she said could stabilise hormaones and the Amitriptyline is an anti- depressant used to treat not only depression and anxiety, but headaches and pains too.

I’m not too keen about having an antidepressant but if it helps then it will be a result.

I have to go back to see her in a month to see if there is any improvement. I bloody hope so my husband is getting sick of me moaning haha

Fingers crossed this is the end of the symptoms and I can actually feel my age again!

xxx

Thyroid

Job title: Mum. Shift: 24/7. Pay: absolutely sod all.


It’s finally half term! Nearly 2 weeks off school. 13 days of no lunchboxes to wash and pack, no clubs to pick up from, no stressful mornings asking for that bloody sock to be put on for the 5th time, instead of rolling around on the floor. No getting called in to see the teacher because of behaviour, no more school runs with a ratty toddler who hates both walking and her pushchair. 

This half term is going to be amazing.

Having 4 children is bloody hard work. Along with all my hundreds of hospital and doctors appointments, two of my children also have millions of appointments with physio and the OT for their hypermobility. On top of that we have had secondary schools to look at which has been a pain to say the least! Having to leave half way through my sons favourite school because the horror that is the little one decided she had had enough. No amount of rice cakes or surprise eggs on you tube could have persuaded her otherwise. 

I work one day a week which ironically is like my day off! There I bury my head in filing and other bits to make me feel half me and not just a frazzled out Mum. 

I was asked the other day if I had a ‘real job’ or if I just did one day a week and be a Mum. Excuse me? Real job? Being a mum (or referee as I prefer to describe it) to 4 children is the HARDEST job I have ever done. 

I am a cook, a nurse, a cleaner, a maid, a teacher, taxi, counsellor, a referee, a personal assistant, a cash point…. the list goes on. And the thanks I get? Not some huge pay check which makes the 24/7 shift worthwhile. I get nothing. I get the occasional ‘thanks’ when I moan I dont get any. I get the odd ‘I love you Mum’ when the 3rd child has pissed me off yet again so she is trying to get back in my good books. 

I am currently hiding in the kitchen with the door closed pretending to make dinner, when the chicken is already cooking. 😂 I’m taking the opportunity to not be sat on or moaned at or being told ‘he looked at me again’ urgh. 

Yet weirdly I wouldn’t change a single bit of it for the world. 
So this week has sucked arse. I’m sure next week will too. I’m sure the novelty of half term will quickly fade after a day of all being stuck under the same roof. But for now, in this secret 7 minutes I have had in the kitchen alone with only the chicken for company, it’s bliss….. until in an hour and a half it’s school disco time so it all starts up again……..

xxxx

Thyroid

Perfect thyroid levels… so why am I still struggling?


A few weeks have passed since I last blogged. I managed to eventually get my bloods done! I booked an appointment with my GP so I knew it would be in and out. My daughter beahaved beautifully which made it even easier. 

I had a phone call today from my lovely trial nurse, Karen who told me my bloods were perfect. So pleased so be on a dose which my body seems to love. 

But with me and my body there is always a however. 

If my bloods are so good then why am I struggling so much? Headaches are back 😩 I’ve been keeping a diary as asked by my GP and there is no pattern to them. They just turn up whenever my body decides to piss me off. The insomnia… oh the insomnia. Hello again my worst enemy. My body aches… physically aches for no apparent reason. If i have a busy day, I will pay for it afterwards. We had such a good weekend with friends, shopping and ikea with lots of walking and a few lates nights which I am now regretting. I feel like an 83 year old trapped in a 33 year old body. 

My irritability and anxiety have come back too, started to get used to feeling normal! I’m still convinced America was my medicine 😂 

I just feel generally ergh all of the time. 

I’m pleased that my thyroid levels are so good because whenever I’ve been to the doctor before they have palmed my symptoms off as part of that, so this time I can say that my levels are fine.

I will be ringing my GP tomorrow to try and get an appointment. I won’t hold my breath for any luck. 

Xxx

Thyroid

We did it! 💍🥂


We are now Mr and Mrs Griffin ❤️ 

We had the most amazing 8 days ever. We were married in Red Rock Canyon, just a 20 minute drive from the craziness of Vegas. It was beautifully perfect. 

We flew into Vegas on the Friday and arrived at 3pm their time and 11pm our time. Anyone who reads my blogs knows I am in bed by 9pm most nights so I knew this would be a challenge! I tried to sleep on the plane as normally I could have a cheeky nap anywhere! But just couldn’t seem to drift off. 
By the time we had checked in, got car and bags and found somewhere to eat, we had been awake for 27 hours straight. This is insane for a ‘normal’ person haha let alone me and my old lady body! It was the worst feeling ever, I felt sick, emotional, angry, I never want to feel like that again. 

Holiday excitement is a drug in itself and should be bottled as I felt great nearly all of the time. We walked around 15 miles one day in 43 degree heat and it was bearable. At home the school run does me in! Maybe I am secretly American. 

With the walking and the heat I lost a whole stone in weight too! A stone 😮 that is crazy. I weighed myself on 2 separate scales as I didn’t quite believe it! 

My body seems to love being in America, every reason to start planning our next adventure… for medical purposes… obviously 😂

Vegas was insane and definitely and experience but LA, Hollywood and Laguna beach were incredible. 


We flew back on the Saturday but didn’t get home until the Sunday due to time difference so we lost a whole day. So again, no sleep for over 25 hours. Ergh. 

We have been back just over a week and on Saturday we celebrated with close friends and family which was such an amazing night. 

Now back to reality, appointments and blood tests! I waited for 40 minutes this morning at the hospital, waiting to get my bloods done. My daughter has had the devil in her today so I knew she would be testing! She told the whole room that she was having a poo and not to look at her 😂 I took this as my que to leave haha. Had to pay £2 in the car park forthe privilege too. 

Now we are back at home with the devil child taking a nap, me catching up with Corrie having my 3rd Coffee of the day. 

I’ll try getting my bloods done tomorrow when I have more patience and when the child doesn’t need to poo. 

Xxxx

Thyroid

It’s all coming together 😊


So in 2 days time we fly to USA to get married! I have packed, re packed and even wrote a list about what I still need to pack. It sounds a little like I’m obsessed. Well I am 😂 we have been planning this trip for 18 months and to think it’s finally here is crazy! But I know what my memory is like, I will get half way around the world and realise I have forgot my dress. My memory is not my strong point lately! 

I’m on more tablets now, which I only started yesterday. I have to take them 3 times a day, so rather than be messed up with the 8 hour time difference, I’ve set it up to take them in Vegas time. Which means a rude 4am wakening for 3 days until we get there! Once I’m awake it’s near impossible to go back to sleep, so I’ve been up since 4am for 2 days straight. Urgh. 

One of the joyous side effects of the new tablets is that I’m in agony! So I’m taking a strong painkiller to counteract. The size of my medication bag for the plane is huge, they are going to think I have problems! 

In exactly 30 hours time we will be boarding the plane, hoping I have remembered to pack everything and looking forward to relaxing for 10 hours. 10 whole hours of sleeping when I want, eating when I want and generally being a bum. The best part of the whole trip 😂 

But until then we still have 2 days to get through. I will probably have to pack one more time, just to make sure haha make sure everything is in place at home, make a few phone calls, tie up a few lose ends and then we will be done. 

All ready to become Mrs. Griffin 😍 

See you on the other side 😘💍

Thyroid

It’s the little things ❤️


Last week I had a phone call from my Trial Nurse, Karen. She said she had read my blog and no one should have to put up with feeling like this until January, so she has ordered me bloods to check my levels. I told her I loved her about 3 times during the conversation. Something as little as ordering bloods is massive to me and I’m so grateful. 

So a little update on me. 

My headaches have gone. I can’t even explain how amazing this is.

My insomnia has gone and I actually sleep all night. Lush!

Night times are so much better in this house. Little lady sleeps through… at bloody last! Anyone with a sleep allergic child you know how amazing this feels 😂 it was a long 2 and a half years of being a zombie mum but we are there 👍🏻 

So we are a house who sleep! Finally!

This should make me feel on top of the world, refreshed each morning after a whole nights sleep. No chance, that would be too easy. That would mean my body liked me.

I wake up and literally have to prise my eyes open. God it makes me grumpy, sorry Glenn 😂. I take my meds then patiently wait and hour before I can have breakfast and coffee. 

Those few hours between meds and lunch are great. I am able to do anything. 

Then the afternoon comes. 1-2pm is the worst hour of the day. I’m having to even avoid driving at that time as I can’t concentrate properly! I plan my days around it and try and fit a whole day of entertaining 4 children into one morning. It’s crazy. I’m 33 but have the body of an 83 year old! 

We had a nice morning at the beach hut yesterday, but I knew it was time to come home. I gave the little ones a bath, put them into their pjs to save sand covering my house and made the mistake of laying on my bed for 2 mins. I fell asleep 😂 really body?! 

We also had a family BBQ Saturday which has been planned for so long. It was lovely to see family who we hadn’t seen for a while as they live away, but the party started at 2pm. The dreaded 2pm. So I spent the whole time sitting in the living room, hoping people wouldn’t think I was rude! Trying not to yawn when I was talking to people is always a tough one! I don’t want them thinking I’m bored or not listening, but once you let one out they just keep coming! 

But on a positive note my wedding dress fits!! I still look like I’m 6 months pregnant and pretty sure I have an over hang of back fat 😂 but it fits! 

I have also lost 4lbs! Not loads but those 4 stubborn little bastards have gone. 

We have 16 days until we go away. That’s going so fast it doesn’t seem real! 2 years of planning and it’s nearly here! I’m certainly not going to let my absent thyroid ruin it.

But in the mean time I have 4 children to entertain in the typical UK rainy summer holidays and a toddler to potty train. I’m going to need an IV of coffee to get me through the next 16 days! 

Bring it on body, I’m not giving in 

xxxxxx