I've been having certain symptoms:
- cold all the time--shivering violently when it's 72°
- weight gain that I just can't shake
- lack of energy--I want to sleep ALL THE TIME
- increased depression
- dry skin
- hair loss
Oh, and the giant lump on my neck. It's always been noticeable if you touch it, but now it's bigger and asymmetrical. Not a good sign. I figured it was my thyroid because of the neck stuff and the lithium. The last time I took it, my thyroid got big, although I never took any meds in spite of having a gazillion tests.
So, today I got the blood levels from my shrink from just before New Year's and took them to my primary care doctor. She compared them to my levels for the last 8 years and it was dramatic. I am definitely hypothyroid. She had me do another round of bloodwork just in case, but she had me start on Synthroid. We'll see how that goes. There's also an ultrasound and a trip to the endocrinologist in the works.
I still really, really hate the word goiter. It just sounds so gross. And yes, in relation to others, it is very, very small. Thankfully.