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Through All of Life's Changes

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Through All of Life's Changes

Together, we have seen many changes in our lives
and the world since we first became friends.
But somehow, even with all that has happened,
our friendship hasn't changed, except to grow stronger.

Feeling close to another is such a special feeling
and adds so much to life ... no wonder your friendship
means so much to me. When I stop to think
about it, the closeness we share is right up there
with the things I value most in life. Just being
together always means the start of good times...
thought-provoking times ... and even provoking times!
(But isn't that the way it should be?)

If we couldn't talk things over and make things right,
we never would have made it through these changing
times, remaining the good friends we are.

There aren't many people I could say this to, but I
can say to you — if there's ever anything I can do
to boost you up or help you out or get you through,
I'll be there. And if you simply want me to be
with you to share a joyful moment ...
nothing could make me happier.

We've been through so many changes—some of them
for the good. Others have been difficult. But through
it all, we've known we could always
count on each other

That's why I feel so good about the times we'll share
in days to come ... positive about life and all the
happiness it can hold. And I truly know in my
heart, through all of life's changes,
we'll always be friends.

~By Larry S. Chengges -

update................the results of my blood work are back ,looks like my thyroid has been the problem all along...................who would have thought???? as over the years when tested for thyroid i was always borderline????well because of a wonderful dietician beleiving in me she kept insisting i get a full panel not the usual thyroid testing................well it took some time as my dr would order it and the lab threw it out as it is only covered under certain condition etc................once they were met the test was finally done and i am at rock bottom with those results..............am now on medication to hopefully get everything back on track..............the dr says it may take a month or more before things start to get better..............i am wrtting this because they are many many women out there in the same boat .............................


Because thyroid hormone regulates the biochemical activity of most tissues, the deficiency symptoms can be myriad. Few people will have all of these findings, but rather some constellation of the following:
fatigue impaired memory
lethargy depression or low mood
sleepiness subtle personality changes
decreased initiative PMS
slowed speech & movement menstrual disturbances
dry or puffy skin, acne infertility
hair loss recurrent infections
coarse, brittle hair slowed wound healing
loss of hair curl increased allergies
thick slow growing nails headaches
weight gain muscle & joint pain/stiffness
difficulty losing weight bursitis
constipation hoarseness
watery eyes & puffy eyelids decreased sweating
swelling of face/extremities decreased sex drive
cold hands & feet decreased hearing
poor tolerance to cold anemia
increased cholesterol slowed heart rate
increased triglycerides heart dysfunction & irregularities
numbness & tingling shortness of breath
thick tongued difficulty maintaining normal physical & mental activity

Diagnosing low thyroid can be difficult using the current medical model. Although there are numerous lab values that can be used to evaluate thyroid function, many physicians use only one lab test for diagnosis: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). Many patients with 8 out of 10 low thyroid symptoms will be told that their thyroid is not the cause of their symptoms because their TSH level is "normal." Doctors using the TSH test as the sole criterion for detecting and treating the low thyroid patient are missing a great opportunity to help more sick people. Recently, the AACE has lowered the acceptable TSH values in order to detect more patients with this condition.

Although TSH is the most common method to diagnose low thyroid, having "normal" TSH levels does not automatically rule out hypothyroidism. In addition to the TSH test, a more complete thyroid panel should also include free T3, free T4, and possibly TPO antibodies, and reverse T3. Although these are the best tests to evaluate thyroid function, these tests are often not performed because they are more expensive than the common tests and may not be covered by your insurance companies. When choosing a doctor to treat your possible thyroid problem, ask your doctor what tests they include in their thyroid panel.

here is an article: Hypothyroidism - What your doctor may not tell you but you need to know
by Dr. William Nelson, NMD


A LITTLE SIDE NOTE: because of all the previous problems and headlines a few years back,with taking hormones...............i only took a synthetic hormone for a while................once the symptoms passed i just stopped...............then watching oprah i realized perhaps i needed to do something about it once again................i really wasn't aware about how i was feeling till i saw the show............it sure opened my eyes...............it's in a cream form which is as close to your natural hormone as is possible and the many women it helped i decided to try it.................i have only been doing this for 2 weeks and already find quite the difference for me.................you have to get it in a compunding pharmacy..............
i hope this helps some else too........things are looking better NOW.............
IT'S ALL IN GOD'S HANDS................have a great weekend.............blessings and hugs...................lita
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  • APACHE85
    I read this AFTER just commenting on your other newer blog! I also want to share that if the THYROID is NOT the issue, have the doctors check the LIVER function-before they diagnoses my liver disease, they did check the thyroid. In my case, my liver is unusual, so it is actually a liver/gall bladder issue with me, but at one point when I was very sluggish they did do a thyroid retake. That time I was just incredibly moody and depressed, the thyroid checked out, so now I am on cialopram for depression/mood swings.
    Between all of us here on Spark People, maybe WE CAN SAVE LIVES with sharing these issues! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!
    3974 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this.
    3980 days ago
    I am glad that you finally have some answers!
    3980 days ago
  • SHERI1969
    Yup, I totally understand low thyroid. It is NO FUN at ALL! I've had it for over a year and it makes me tired, lethargic, and my whole body feels like a wet noodle. Can't get enough sleep and so on. I hope if you are put on meds they help. Mine are helping but I'm wondering if they can be raised when I see my doctor on the 13th. Best wishes Lita.
    3981 days ago
    Thank you, thank you. I'm so glad I read your blog today. I have quite a few of the systoms mention and I will be talking to my Doctor again. I'll tell him about the test. All mine keep coming back normal. Thanks again for the article. emoticon May God bless ou to continue to be a blessing to us.
    3981 days ago
    Thanks Lita for sharing. I have a lot of these symptoms. Mt test always come back normal as well. When I was in mt 20's I was on thyroid meds but when I got a different doctor I wasn't given any. My doctor has closed his practice so when I get a new one I will press for the full panel.

    I'm glad you finally got answers.
    3981 days ago
    Hi Lita,
    I'm so glad that you are finally getting some answers to your health problems. I am also on the Thyroid Team where there is a lot of information and discussion regarding all of the things you mention in your blog. I'd love to hear more about the cream that you mention. I'm currently taking Levoxyl 150mcg. and my endo is playing with my dose. I just hate that!
    Thanks for sharing all of this great information!

    3981 days ago
    Again thank you for sharing this info. I have been telling my doc about all this and he says it isn't so. He repeats time and time again I just need to be able to start moving more and exercising as tolerated. I read the article and have bookmarked it. I think I will start compiling these and hilite the symptoms that apply to me. I think women need to start paying closer attention to their symptoms and not settle for the tried and true answers from the doc. Keep searching until you feel comfortable with the answers. emoticon
    3981 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2009 11:23:52 AM
  • DINA:-)
    hi lita- i'm so glad you finally have an answer for what you've been going through! thank you for sharing with us- you never know who is going through the same thing and can be helped form your story. i with you all the best!
    3981 days ago
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