Thyroweight is a health condition where your weight fluctuates due to thyroid disorders. If you have hypothyroidism, in addition to weight gain you will also feel tired and really exhausted all the time.
Most of the time, even though we see these small changes in our health, we tend to ignore them and don’t take them seriously - which is exactly what I did, and suffered.
My first red flag should have been when I noticed my weight gain and how the kilos were shooting up. But as I had just had my baby, I thought it was normal and the weight would gradually go off. I was also tired all the time, was losing hair in chunks, had trouble sleeping, was unable to remember things and went into severe depression (it was also because I hated the person I saw in the mirror). I did not know it then, but the depression was partly post-natal and partly due to thyroid issues.
While my weight gain was steady during pregnancy, my weight shot up suddenly after I had my baby. I was really surprised, because I thought the weight would actually go down once I had the baby. I reached a really unhealthy weight, and as a result, the massive depression I went into meant that I was not eating properly and not exercising at all. This was also adding to my stress and I couldn’t understand how I would ever get back to normal.
Even though people were already making fun of me or telling me how I needed to take a look at my weight, I never thought I had a thyroid problem.
A simple blood test was all it took to test for a thyroid disorder. And that is how I found out what was actually causing all the trouble. My doctors helped me through diagnosis and honestly, I felt an unseen burden come off my shoulders once I could understand why all this was happening to my body.
I thought my journey ahead would be a daunting task – now that I was diagnosed hypothyroidism, but here again my doctors helped me understand about the medication without bringing about much change in my life. A simple pill every morning and a positive attitude, was all it took to bring in some much-needed changes in my lifestyle.
That is when I started watching what I ate, and even though I loved binge eating and gorging on junk food, I started taking it easy. I never starved myself, but I became smarter about what I ate and when.
And I started walking. It began with just a kilometre a day, which increased to 2 kilometres a day, then 4 and now I walk 10 kilometres a day, which actually makes me very happy.
Most of the time, thyroid disorders also run in the family, and it is possible that someone in your family or an immediate relative may have had a thyroid problem. If you already know about it, you should get yourself tested to avoid a delay in diagnosis.
I am healthy today, and my thyroid problem is well within control. I could have avoided a lot of other health issues only if I had my test done earlier. But nevertheless, I am grateful for my health today. By sharing my health journey here, I wish to reach out to all those who may be suffering with similar issues of sudden weight gain and tiredness and help them rule out thyroweight just as I did.