The Weekly Ramble: The Can of Worms Edition

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. This week I’m talking about the big can of worms I opened. Oy vey.


As I regaled you last week, my hands have been hurting for the last month or two. In fact, I’d had a range of funky symptoms for awhile: the shakes, muscle twitching, itchy skin. It was all doable, but the hand pain just pushed me over the edge from “whatever” to anxiety.

Last Wednesday, I called for an appointment. They said they were booking into late August. I explained my symptoms and they said they’d get back to me if the doc thought I should come in sooner. They called back within the hour to say I could come the next day.

Doc didn’t have a clear diagnosis other arthralgia and ordered a bunch of lab work that I did that day before I left. I got the results on Sunday — not because they called on a weekend, but because they posted them online.

I read them. And I googled. And got concerned when I saw lupus. I texted my friend Pauline who is a physician’s assistant. She was super great about explaining what the tests were and that basically they’d need a lot more tests before they had a diagnosis.

I talked with the doc’s office on Monday where they read her transcription: possible hyperactive thyroid. Well, that’s better than lupus, I suppose.

She ordered more tests and an ultrasound. I hung up with them and called radiology. They had an appointment that evening, so I planned to double dip, stopping at the lab first and then doing the ultrasound.

I went an hour before my appointment in case the lab had a wait. They didn’t. I went to radiology early in case they had an opening. They did. I left before the clock hit my scheduled appointment time.

I need to point out at this point that God’s fingerprints are all over all these appointment desks and laboratories. I need to remember this, if anything.

I refreshed that darn records portal all day Tuesday and got nothing. I sent a message to the doc on Wednesday, and here’s her reply:

Looks like you do have hyperthyroidismGetting too much thyroid hormone, which could explain some of the joint pain you’re havingThe ultrasound shows some small nodules, we’ll discuss further at followupYou will need to see an endocrinologist

No, the transcription app doesn’t do punctuation. Regardless, wow! So, I sent another message back with the name of an integrative endocrinologist and asked if I could get the referral now in order to make the appointment. I had it within an hour.

dad and me

I have done a lot of research on hyperactive thyroids and left the nodules alone for some reason. My dad has a nodule on his thyroid, but no thyroid issues.

My sister said, “You two are more alike than I ever imagined.” Too true.

We’ll see what the doc says about my nodules, how many, etc. I’m not jumping the gun or freaking myself out. But, I’d like to go into the doctor’s office with some knowledge and a list of questions rather than scramble to do it afterward.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So, I went to the doctor for pain in my hands, and I opened A WHOLE BIG CAN OF WORMS.

I am trying not to be a baby about it or get all Eeyore, but oh the temptation.

I also tried eating paleo for a week to see if I could treat this naturally longterm. I’m not thinking I can. While I wanted to be brave and strong, I just have to confess that I love food a lot. And I’m not talking Doritos (though I would eat a whole bag of them if you put them in front of me.) If it were life or death, then yes, I’d give those things up. Medicine and a slice of baguette, yeah, I might go that route.

Regardless if diet even matters, I’d love you to pray that I will handle whatever in a way that brings glory to God, loves my family. If I get my wine and cheese, too, that would be awesome!

I chose an integrative endocrinologist in the hopes that she will look at all the angles, diet and lifestyle, included. I’ll let you know more next week.

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  1. Will def be praying.
    I had nodules on my thyroid and was hypo –
    ended up having it removed because after biopsies it proved ‘suspicious’.
    Glad you’ve got an integrative – hoping you get great results!

  2. Kathy in Illinois says:

    Praying for you , Jessica.
    God bless, Kathy in Illinois

  3. I will be praying for you, Jessica!

  4. That is a can of worms. 🙂 I’m glad you looked into it, though and, I hope that you will be well on your way to a solution soon.

  5. Praying for you! It will all work out 🙂

  6. Jillbert says:

    Wow. That is a can of worms! Hoping this is something easily fixed or at least easily managed and all your symptoms go away. Hugs. And prayers for you.

  7. Kathy Lipkin says:

    Everything’s going to work out for the good; praying to relieve your anxiety about it.

  8. You got help a lot sooner than expected! That’s cool!

  9. My husband has to be on meds for a different medical issue. We tried the diet for a few months and it didn’t work (nor was it realistic to continue long term). We came to the realization that we tried it w/out meds and the only way his body was going to do what it needed to do was w/ medication. We are thankful that we live in a world where modern medicine is readily available to us.

    Prayers for you as you continue this journey. May you continue to see God’s hand guiding you through.

    • I agree. I’ll be curious to see what the doctor says. I’ve already come to terms that there are some things I don’t want to do without, and as you say, it’s unrealistic long term, cooking for a family, etc.

  10. Glad you’re getting answers bit by bit and that none of them are terrifying – prayers that you find someone who is a joy to work with, and who who has lots of great thoughts that make you feel tons better

  11. Sorry to hear about all the stress this has caused, but on the plus side it sounds like you are closer to the root of the problem. I was diagnosed with a large nodule and hyperthyroidism during my first pregnancy. My thyroid over functioning affected my moods as well as other symptoms. I had a lot of anxiety. After treating with anti-thyroid meds I felt better. Later when I was done with nursing my firstborn I had a partial thyroidectomy. Anyway, I wanted to say that there is hope that you will feel better once this is treated. Good for you for making the appointment and doing the tests and taming the “I don’t want to go/I don’t have time for this” monster!

    • Thanks for sharing your story. Do you still take meds or is the remaining thyroid okay? If you don’t mind my asking.

      • I now take meds for hypothyroidism since my remaining thyroid is underactive. My endocrinologist said that sometimes half a thyroid is able to produce enough hormones to regulate the body, but in my case it did not produce enough. The meds for hypothyroidism are considered much safer than those for hyperthyroidism (at least with regard to pregnancy and nursing). I was able to take meds with no issue through subsequent pregnancies.

  12. Betty Sievert says:

    Prayers are going up, as we “speak”

  13. Michelle S. says:

    Praying for you!

  14. Thyroid hormones affect just about every process and organ in our bodies. If your thyroid isn’t working right, you won’t feel good. Thyroid disease – both hypo and hyper – run in my family. I have learned that not every endocrinologist is a thyroid specialist. Seek out one who is. A good resource for basic information and for a list of doctors others have recommended is thyroid (dot) about (dot) com.

  15. I will be praying too.

  16. ” Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21 Praying for you, Jessica.

  17. Lots of prayers going up for you!

  18. Praying for you! I have hypothyroidism with Hashimoto’s, Tried the diet no med route and that did not work for my body, Have found medication makes a BIG difference, Also when you take medication, taking them with a glass of water (not a few sips)and taking them x amount of hours away from food and certain supplements makes a difference, I used to set an alarm to take my thyroid med an hour before I got up in the morning, Now doctor has me take it before bed (and at least 2 hours after eating anything). Diet does make a difference for me – still learning, but AM protein is important for my body.

    God’s fingerprints are ALL over your appointments – very awesome! God bless you, Jessica!

  19. Joining in prayer for you and your family. I don’t know you, but you feel like a friend since I have been reading your blogs for several years:-).

  20. Jessica, I know you like to explore all angles and options. I just wanted to share that Andrea Beaman has a wealth of information on how she holistically healed her thyroid. I heard her very powerful seminar when I was an IIN student. I am not saying that is the right thing for you to do, but some of her ideas and suggestions might help you to feel better.
    I am praying for you.

  21. The endocrinologist will be able to help you so much. I had a hyperthyroid with both my pregnancies (it’s called pregnancy induced hyperthyroid) and I felt like a basket case until the medication began to work its magic. I will certainly pray for you that all will go well and that you will feel calm and peace.

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