Listen to Your Body
It's easy to forget you have a thyroid condition when a little pill taken once a day eliminates all the symptoms. But every once in a while, pause and take stock of your health and how you feel. Do you feel more tired than usual? Are you feeling at all depressed? Have you gained any weight? Have you noticed your heart beating more rapidly? Some people, like Margaret, say they can feel it when their thyroids are off:
After living with hypothyroidism for a decade, Margaret can tell when her thyroid medication needs a tweak. She may fatigue more easily after a workout on the treadmill. She may notice symptoms of depression setting in. And once, she felt her heart beating too rapidly, which told her she needed to lower her dosage. These days, she is her own best gauge of when she needs to adjust her medication. When she feels something, she just calls her doctor.
If you sense anything is awry, call your doctor immediately. Explain your situation and try to get an appointment as soon as possible. Quick action will help you avert any uncomfortable symptoms that may be heading your way. It will also ensure that you are taking the right dosage for your health.
Getting control of your thyroid disease can be as simple as taking a daily pill. But practicing good health habits on an ongoing basis will help ensure that you and your thyroid stay healthy.