It happened about three hours ago. She was a pretty blonde-headed gal whom I noticed sitting in a vintage oak rocking chair about 15′ from where I stood in a store. When she saw that I noticed her, she asked “Is it OK if I sit here?” “Of course!” I replied cheerfully.
And then it struck me. What is this 50ish, pretty, vibrant looking gal doing looking tired in a rocking chair?? So I asked “Tired?” “Yes!” she mouthed, with more explanation about not having stamina since she entered menopause.
Bingo. I walked over to her and asked “So you don’t have the stamina you used to?
“No!” she exclaimed with her brows furrowed.
“Tell me then” I continued. “Do you have hair loss?”
“Why yes!” she replied, surprised. “I see them on the floor constantly now”
“Do you have chronic low grade depression?”, I asked tentatively, since that’s a personal question.
“Yes”, she replied quietly, and her eyes getting wider. My questions were hitting the bullseye of her symptoms.
“Do have high cholesterol?”
“Well yes, it’s getting higher than it used to be”.
And after more affirmations about dry skin, constipation and tiredness, I asked “Have you had your thyroid tested?”
“Yes, and it was normal”.
So….I proceeded to tell her that I have NO doubt that she is hypothyroid, and that doctors do the WRONG tests. I grabbed a two-page handout, which is identical to the T4 Only Meds Do Not Work page, and explained that she needed the free T3, and if it’s low in the range, THAT is the clue she needs labwise. I also explained Armour as compared to Synthroid, etc.
The fun part of the above was that she looked at me like I had repeatedly hit the bullseye and had practically made her naked. lol
And as she left, she said “I can’t begin to thank you for this information. For once, I have HOPE.” And oh was she smiling.
And that encounter underscored to me that because doctors are BLIND to obvious hypothyroid symptoms and overreliant on ink spots on a piece of paper, there has to be MILLIONS of the “Walking Tired” out there.
How long did you walk tired before ANY doctor had the vision to see what was going on??