Genetics and my Thyroid

This is part three in a series about my health in the last few months and dealing with a hypothyroid for parts one and two see Grace and my Thyroid and Patience and my Thyroid.

I want to clarify that these problems with my thyroid did not come out of thin air. I knew that I could have problems with my thyroid but based on my mother’s experiences I thought I would not struggle with this until my mid-thirties.

My mom has been on levothrixine to treat an under-active thyroid since for years with no changes to the dosage or other issues. But within the last year or two her TSH levels have sky-rocketted and she has changed her medication from a synthetic hormone replacement to a more organic one. Through all of this she for the first time decided to go to an endocrinologist who diagnosed her with Hashimotos.

Hashimotos is the name for a genetic thyroid disease. Thyroid disorders or diseases are within the auto-immune problem category. Basically your body attacks the thyroid instead of allowing it to do it’s job which is to to regulate your metabolism, development and maintenance of your bones, as well as heart, digestive function and muscle control. 

In researching all of this I found that high TSH levels in blood tests are usually the indicators of the hypothyroidism. It tends to take awhile for hashimotos or hypothyroidism to be noticed because symptoms can also be signs of stress or can be brought on by stressful situations. They also tend to become worse the older the person is and the problem is not noticed.

After talking to my mom we decided that it is possible my mother was having thyroid issues as far back as my age. It is a possible reason she was placed on hormone medication while pregnant with me in her late twenties.

I also discovered while asking questions of family that my maternal grandmother is on thyroid medication although has never been diagnosed with any specific disorder, but her sister has Hashimotos and had part of her thyroid removed for swelling many years ago .

Through all of this I have learned that the more you know about your families’ health history the better. You can’t fight or change your genetics and it’s much easier to take care of your body and it’s specific diet, vitamin, and nutrition needs etc. when you know problems in your family beyond the simple questions.

I’m grateful to learn all of this and work through this problem now instead of years down the road where the problems could be more complicated or the symptoms worse.

2 thoughts on “Genetics and my Thyroid

  1. Aunt Mel says:

    I was diagnosed wit hypothyroidism when I was about 27. I have had to have my dose adjusted just three times in the last 25 years. It makes all the difference in the world when the dose is correct and it becomes second nature to be certain to take the med at the same time everyday. Hang in there. Glad you are feeling better.

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