Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Low Thyroid and Hives
Spent the day today taking a relative to a "Parkinson's Clinic". This is some clinic administrator's idea of how to market adjunct services to an already ill clientele. If you weren't ill before you got there, you would be ill and exhausted after you escaped. Got there at 8:00 in the morning and finally left at about 3:00 in the afternoon. According to my relative a lot of time back in the warren of offices there was spent waiting on the doctor to appear. They get you captive back in one of the little exam rooms and it becomes almost impossible to leave, and at a certain point you have so much time and effort invested in "sticking" it out to see the doctor you hate to just walk. The supposed advantage was getting to see a social worker and a physical therapist at the same time as seeing the doctor, except there weren't any physical therapists there. Augggghh!!!
My blood tests have come saying I am not taking enough thyroid hormone (synthroid). Since I have autoimmune thyroid disease and autoimmune hives, my hives are believed to be linked with thyroid dysfunction. More circulating thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) can mean more autoimmune activity, which in turns causes more hives....which may be why my hives have doubled since discontinuing the prednisone. My TSH should be in a range of .5 to 3, and it was an 11 - meaning my pituitary glad is working overtime trying to jump start my thyroid. I am to give try a week on the new dosage and if the hives don't get better, I'm to go back to the immunologist. Sigh. I have been on a stable dose for the last two years, I guess my body has decided to go into attack mode again. Why can't it attack something other than me??
I am sooooo tired my thoughts are "echoing" in my head, ricocheting around my skull like a superball in a handball court. I have tiny little red hives all over my forehead, in my hair, on my back, and on my legs. I have even bigger hives on my stomach and my arms. The Headache is not happy with me (too much walking I fear) so I am going to take many antihistimines and try to go to sleep. Maybe I can sleep for years just like Sleeping Beauty. You really have to be sleep deprived to wish that a witch with a poison apple would drop by for a visit!