Well, I had a nice 16 year run with the diabetes without any complications, and as far as I can tell, I guess I'm still "officially" complication free, however, I have developed Hashimoto's Disease.
I went to my new endocrinologist this past week (insurance change and had to change offices to my dismay) with a bit of dismay, I must admit. Choosing to change doctors on your own is one thing, being forced to do it is wholly another. Although, I think I've been blessed and lucked up, my new doctor seems to be very "in the know" about the most recent diabetes research, mostly, I believe because he is conducting some of it!
He checked everything, like they always do when you're a new patient even though I told him I'd JUST had my thyroid checked recently and it was fine, he insisted. Ok, I agreed, what could it hurt. Well, as it turns out, although my TSH was within the normal range, 3.2, he said the newest studies indicated that antibody testing at this level could reveal early stage Hashimoto's Disease and prevent complications of this disease progression with early treatment.
He ran the antibody tests and my levels were OFF THE CHARTS! Humm... I've worked in a hospital and now doctor's office for 6 years, I know how easy it is for a lab to come back off for a multitude of reasons, so before I accepted his diagnosis of Hashimoto's I wanted the labs re-drawn and re-run.
He agreed, not at all understanding my distrust. And to no one's surprise, the re-check of the labs confirmed the original diagnosis. I'm developing Hashimoto's Disease. I was so shocked, honestly shocked, by the diagnosis for the first 24 hours I didn't really know how to process. I've had 16 wonderfully healthy years with this disease. As I was discussing it with my mother, she even said herself, the diabetes "has just never affected you, it's never slowed you down or changed your course, it's like you don't even have it". This is exactly how I've felt, in fact, I have intentionally tried to distance myself from the world of diabetes for the most part because I want to be "normal". I've mentioned that a few times on this forum.
So, because of this choice to distance myself, I wasn't ready for this diagnosis, I had NO idea how common it is. I think my doctor presented it so matter-of-factly on a VOICE MAIL MESSAGE (poor form, doc) because he thought I should be expecting it, this is the norm, not a huge shocker, diabetics have thyroid problems, why do you think we check it all the time, lady? :)
Well, I've started a low dose of synthroid, and can't tell a big difference yet, but taking ANY medication is a serious thing in my mind, that's what this blog is all about. I'm hopeful that things will go smoothly, but always wary of the long term consequences for my body of treating something that isn't even fully manifest yet.
If you have experience with this disease, please share with us, Beth and I have none between the two of us, so we're relying on the internet for what we can gleam. Thanks! Jenn.