Thyroid Series: Discovering I had Hypothyroidism

Today, I’ll be talking about a topic that has been a part and parcel of my life for the past couple of years…Hypothyroidism..

About 4.5yrs back when I just started work, I moved to Bangalore and it opened up a whole new world for me. I’d never stayed away from home before and having no relatives and friends in Blore,  it was a whole new experience. From adjusting with a roommate & flatmates to setting up a cozy home for ourselves (including the kitchen!!), it was quite an experience and I loved every bit of it. The freedom, the lessons I learnt and the sense of responsibility I gained was a huge lesson in the game of life.

But as with everycase, good always comes hand in hand with negatives. I was in Bangalore for 2yrs and my health went haywire in this duration. From the time I entered Blore, my periods became irregular. Sometimes I’d get my period every alternate month and sometimes after 3months. I just ignored it and chalked it down to the location and weather change.


Thyroid Problem & Experience:-

Then I also started noticing that my body was becoming bulky. Now, let me tell you right away that I’ve never been petite. I’ve always been on the heavier side but had managed to keep my weight steady at 58kgs or so. But in Blore, I just wasn’t able to keep tabs like I used to. This, I attributed to the fact that I was eating unhealthy food and binging on outside food.

 In the end, I just assumed that all this was interlinked…that my bad eating habits were leading to weight gain AND the irregular periods. So I made my diet chart and joined a nearby gym. I didn’t starve myself, but ate food like Poha, Upma, boiled corn, boiled chicken, etc…I really tried by best. But even after 7mts of a rigorous workout, I couldn’t manage to shed the kilos.

 Then came the typhoid. I had a horrible  bout of it and the medication resulted in more weight gain, which again I wasn’t able to shed..To make things worse, I  had been advised by the doctor not to do any vigorous activities since my case of typhoid had been too severe and it had reduced my stamina and immunity greatly. But I continued to eat healthy.

 In the last 5-6mts at Blore, I began to have problems sleeping. I was tired all the time but when I’d go to bed, I couldn’t manage to fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning. I didn’t bother much since I was going through some tension at work and anyways, I was moving back home soon 🙂

 If I Have Thyroid?

I then moved back home and here I should mention that my weight by then had reached approx 80kgs. More than 20kgs gain in 2yrs…NOT a joke.. My mom had the fright of her life and took me to the gynac the same week and I was asked to immediately do some blood tests (TSH, T3 & T4). Turns out I had Hypothyroidism. 🙁

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A brief update about Thyroid:

Our body needs thyroid hormones to work properly. These hormones control the energy levels in our body. i.e. how fast the body expends energy and and also helps in growth. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone whereas Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone.

Dealing With Thyroid Problem:-

I was quite stunned …more so when I realised that it was not an illness which would go away after some meds…I’d have to be on medication all my life because of this. Initially, I was quite depressed about this, but my doc was very encouraging and my parents and then-boyfriend-now-husband stuck by me like super glue! (which was a great help). The fact that this would make it harder for me to lose weight and maybe add complications in conceiving also worried me like crazy. But yes, a healthy diet and a regular dose of activity really does help and I’ll be explaining more in the the coming posts.

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What I’d like to stress on at this point is that we have to be aware of our body and what’s happening to it. Any prolonged irregularity in your health must set your mental bells ringing. Irregular periods or its absence (I noticed this in a colleague whose period just stopped suddenly and she gets spotting every 2months or so), excess bleeding (this happened to me as well), restless sleep for a long duration, abnormal weight gain…..Anything out of the ordinary must be investigated. Don’t hesitate to go to your Gynac or the endrocrynologist. I have repented so many times and wondered whether things would have been different had I approached the Doctor even a year earlier when I was atleast 10kgs lighter….Maybe things wouldn’t have gotten so out of hand….So pls heed my advice and if you are going through any such issues, do visit your Doc asap!

I will be elaborating on Thyroid…what it is, Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism along with details like a diet you should follow, exercise regimes which would help, pregnancy and thyroid and other various topics in the posts to come. Do stay tuned..

 Are you suffering from Thyroid ? How did you discover it ?

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  1. My mother has it, If u have it, i will love to share it with her, I will be pending.

  2. Hi !!Sounds just like what happened to me. God!! the last 4.5 years of my life right after marriage was very trying. Just a small query, hope you dont mind??!! It seems, at times it gets triggered when oral contraceptives are used. My diabetes got triggered this way and i got thyroid disorder free along with it.

  3. As i tend to gain weight quickly i always thought i have this problem but some how i don’t .looking forward for the whole series zee.

  4. This was like reading about myself, same story, same place…but I went to doctors after 6 months of irregular periods and the docs took a year to diagnose it, and then it took another 6 month meds to get ti to control n by then I gained 20 pounds in spite of me dieting like crazy and doing gym all this while. Also because of the delay n all the weight gain I got PCOD which is another weight contributer. I tell you, these hormones play havoc with us girls. It is very depressing but I’m managing somehow, would love to read your series.

  5. o that sounds terrible zee… i hope everything works ur way n u too soon share ur being mom experience.. n hey… B’lore……. yayyyyyy…….. wer did u live!!??:

  6. when will u say Delhi Zeeee 🙁

  7. Oh thats bad yeah thyroid does turn ur life topsy turvy with all its consequences

  8. thanx for this post .
    I am too suggering from this problem and i gained weight whn i moved to pune after my marraige .
    Before pune i was very lean but now i gained around 8 kg weight .I am too on medication and going on walk daily .
    I waiting for ur next posts .It will help me in diet and lifestyle as i too have all day sitting job.
    thnx again 🙂

  9. Great Zara t hat you are writing this.. would be useful to so many people who are blissfully unaware that they have HT…
    Does salt contribute in any way to this? I always hear that the additives added in common salt nowadays contribute to this.. I always try to use rock/unprocessed salt…

    • Nopes Ife…salt doesn’t contribute to it really…it’s genetic and ow more of a lifestyle disease…plus it doesn’t help that these days practically everything is adulterated…hard t find anything which is pure..

      • even my driver wife who lives in a village and eat hr garden good has thyroid..i think its more genetic and yes stress is one of the contribuor tooo.

        • lifestyle plays a major role na? all the convenient junk food with additives n all… we all started eating it in teens n also not much, only rarely.. nowadays kids eating it from the time they are 2 and three… God… this is going to be a major problem in the future I think !!!!!

  10. Zee, my cousins have thyroid issues, one suffers from hypo, her sis suffers from hyper.. and having seen their struggle to return to normal life I can say, its good your mom took you to doc in 2 yrs, they did not do so for more than 4 yrs.. I get scared when i look at the amount of medicine they take ..

    Looking forward to ur writeup ..

    • Man!4 yrs??? That’s horrible…but u kno, parents can’t help it…who ever thinks of getting thyroid at a young age?? It’s only now that kids and parents alike r waking up to the fact that we r more susceptible to such things now…main ting is to b aware and go for check ups without hesitating..

      • the thing is 2 sisters looked so differet .. 1 was huge bulky and built like a giant, the other was tiny and dwarfish undergrowth .. my uncle’s colleague suggested that they get thyroid tested … i got scared after seeing this..

        • so what happend then ?

          • their doc put them on eternal diet.. one was suggested Yoga to get thyriod to secrete and the other was suggested swimming to bring down her bulk .. and they eat only specific foods .. so we started restricting ourselves when we are in their company we dont eat all those chats, ice creams and other foods we consider normal .. poor fellows ..

            now after 1 yr they have managed to return to a bit of normalcy but the fight will be on till the end of life ..

          • well to tell you the truth even i don have chats and icecreams..they r something which i never consider normal.

    • aah! its so so sad Janani. i hope they have worked hard for it.

  11. Hey Zee… even i’m gaining weight. i doing workout too… but no change…
    nd ppl eat so much as compares to me… bt i’m more bulky, fatty then them :'(

  12. zee …this is just a suggestion.. ask ur doc plz before u follow nethg..i have a cosuin who had the same thing n she tried homepathy.. she doesnt have to make medicines for thyroid nemore.. but then her case is diff as she was diagnosed with thyroid in pre teens…

  13. I have thyroid and it’s one of the worst things that can happen to a woman. When I started having irregular periods, my gynecologist suspected either PCOS or Thyroid. It was a serious blow. I discovered in late 2010 that I have hypothyroidism. My case was similar to you Zara, I was never slim trim but healthy and plump. Suddenly I piled on some 25 kilos which made it clearer that hypothyroid is here to stay in my life. I have managed to lost 7-8 kilos in the last one year but it hasn’t changed anything. The worst thing that has happened is hairloss. I lose so much of hair that it has scared the hell out of me. I don’t know when things will be fine again but I am trying to battle it out. Sometimes, as in my case, thyroid also brings along depression. Also, severe stress and emotional upheaval triggers thyroid. And, thyroid can also be genetic. My father had hyperthyroidism for a period, now he is cured. I guess that’s also a big reason why I have this disorder. Hope one day I will, along with everyone who has this disorder, emerge as a winner in this battle with thyroid.

  14. same story as u Zeee…. 🙂

    tried homeopathy too… but of no help.. switched back to my allopathy after 3 months.. and now i have made up that i have to live with this…

    in my case its hereditary.. both my mom & her mom had this issue..

    well… one fact for u all…. take ur thyroid medicine first thing in the morning & eat/drink anything only after an hr… this helps the medicine to get circulated throughout the body & keep you ready for metabolism..!

    i have been following this & have seen good results in losing weight too…. which of course includes healthy eating & some physical activity..

    i hv shed almost 9 kgs. in 10 months… dhinka chika!!! 😀

  15. does anti-thyroid medicine works for making periods regular again? or we have to take another treatment for irregular periods???

  16. somehow stumbled on this post. had a similar experience after i got married and moved to Bangalore. My friend, a physiotherapist told me that this a common problem in Bangalore, as it stays high from sea level and salt level varies in the soil and therefore food. Whats your word on this Z..?

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