I wondered if anyone can advise or if they have had similar problems.
About four years ago I took the decision to do something about my weight and this time I was going to succeed. I was over 17 stone and, although I didn't eat a lot of fatty food's (i.e. take's away's and chips etc), I did over eat and liked a drink at the weekend.
As with previous diets I succeeded at first but then it got hard, I continued to watch what I ate and carried on with the exercise even though, at time's, I felt really, really tired and the weight loss had become very slow.
After loosing over 2 stone I decided that something was wrong as I felt worse than I had before. I was sometimes having to sleep in the afternoon and was having headache's (among other things) and couldn't understand why on some day's I didn't seem to have any energy at all.
At that point I was told I was Hypothyroid; when I looked into this condition it answered so many questions about problems I had been experiencing over the last 15 to 20 years, I was so happy that now I had an answer and I could begin the life that I had always wanted.
Life has been much better for me, I am now 5 1/2 stone lighter and much, much fitter. I have needed to go back to the doctors, when I feel the symptoms coming back, which has resulted in an increase in Thyroxin several time over the last few years.
The last increase was earlier this year (I think!!!), all was going well, I started running around April this year and put myself in for a Half Marathon at the end of September to give myself a goal to keep me motivated; like most people I like to have a drink at the weekend (maybe a glass of wine or two (or three), but after my holiday in July I gave that up so I could be in tip top condition for my run.
I was just after this that I started to notice that my symptoms were starting to creep back. One day I would run 11k and then next time I'd struggle with a 5k run. I kept thinking that this could just be because I was tired due to the additional training in preparation for my run, but then the vivid dreams came back, the numbness in my hands came back, I started to get headaches and needing to sleep in the afternoon and sometimes feeling breathless. I was also feeling unmotivated and depressed and was no longer enjoying all the things I'd enjoyed before; lastly my period became heavier and more regular which was new to me so I decided it was time for a trip to the doctors.
The results showed that my dose was OK this time (1.9 TSH) but it showed that there was a problem with my Liver. The doctor said that a Liver Function test had been done 2 years ago and it was OK, yet it was over 4 time's the normal range which he believed could indicate fatty liver.
I had an ultrasound scan last week and today I received the results. Good news is everything is OK, but there is a small amount of fat in my liver. I almost choked when the doctor recommended a life-style change!!!! Having reminded him that I had already changed my life-style he explained that it is harder to clear the fat from the liver than it is from your arms or legs and that he thinks then that I only need to continue the way I am and this should improve in time.
He has requested another blood test mid December to check that it is improving rather than getting worse, along with some other test's, and he's also doing a test for autoimmune disease as I'd asked him if it was likely to be this. I've checked out the internet and found that Thyroid conditions can effect the liver and cause fatty liver disease but I'm really confused, as I would have thought that this would improve after weight loss but I'm not entirely sure how an autoimmune disease may effect the liver.
I haven't lost much weight this year but I have maintained my weight to just under 12 stone, so there is room for improvement and I think I'll take this as a message to loose a little more weight, that's if I can find the motivation again; maybe if I get a good nights sleep