In the fall of 1994, I began to experience dramatic symptoms, both physically and emotionally. I questioned whether or not I was, in fact, having an episode of hypomania.
My mood felt extremely elevated. I also felt much more anxious than usual, for no apparent reason. I could not keep up with all of the thoughts racing through my mind. I felt extremely energetic, even with receiving very little sleep.
My appetite was increased, but I was actually losing weight. I felt very hot, and was sweating profusely. I was suffering from frequent episodes of diarrhea, too. My physical, as well as emotional, symptoms totally overwhelmed me.
Notably, I had just passed the one-year anniversary of having been diagnosed with MS. Now, all of these additional symptoms were rapidly manifesting.
Unfortunately, it would be several months before I was subsequently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune form of hypothyroidism.
I learned that individuals typically vacillate between periods of overactive, as well as underactive, thyroid functioning as this disease develops. Lymphocytic infiltration of one’s thyroid gland occurs. Anti-thyroglobulin, as well as anti-thyroperoxidase, antibodies develop that attack one’s own thyroid gland.
It was eye-opening, as well as reassuring, to recognize all of the dramatic symptoms that can manifest as a chronic disease begins to unfold. Once more, learning as much as possible aboyt my new diagnosis yielded the ability to feel more in control of having received it.