Last night, after a day full of the “carry heavy stuff back and forth” kind of gardening, and a couple of longish walks, I hurt all over. My hips hurt from the walking. My shoulders hurt from the lifting. The joints in my fingers and knees hurt, I guess from kneeling and grasping the trowel too tightly…? I dunno. I’m only 27. I’ve always gotten sore like this, though. It must be in my head. I must be an oversensitive loser. Or maybe it’s just the damned tension headache, now in its third day, making everything else hyper-sensitive.
So anyway. I took an Advil and sprawled on my sofa for some TV-time. The show I found was Mystery Diagnosis, one of my favorites. The woman who was telling her story had really bad headaches and knee pain. “Hmmmm” I thought, and started guessing what she could have.
She had Hashimoto’s disease.
I have Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve had it for fifteen years. I had never heard of headaches or knee pain being symptoms of it, before. And I’m a hypochondriac so I had paid attention to lists of symptoms, especially while I was in college majoring in animal physiology, and the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Treatment was my very favorite book, the one I would curl up with on Saturday nights and read cover-to-cover. So… um… headaches and knee pain as symptoms for Hashimoto’s? That’s news to me. Let’s go Google it.
Apparently (and perhaps someone will sweep in here and tell me that, for years and years, I didn’t actually see what was right there in plain type? Better not, because I’m just sure it wasn’t there), headaches, soreness in the hips and shoulders, and joint pain in the fingers, knees, and toes are now listed as symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease.
They are not particularly listed as symptoms that are treated by a thyroxine regimen. I don’t know if, when the medical establishment was re-writing the basic profile of this disease that has been known about for nearly a century and that affects 1.5 million people in the United States alone, they couldn’t be bothered to talk about whether these “brand new” symptoms are relieved by thyroxine or not. But I sure feel like they’re not. Heck, I’d been beginning to wonder if I was getting arthritis in my hands and knees. I’d been blaming my sore hips on a touch of scoliosis that throws me off kilter. I’ve had three doctors dismiss my epic tension headaches by saying that *everyone * gets them.
Sigh. Well, heck. I guess it’s kinda neat when all of one’s complaints can be attributed to one thing. It’s very tidy.
I’ve got more to say, something about the vast majority of people with Hashimoto’s being women, and something about sour male doctors dismissing women’s imaginary aches and pains, but I’ll save it till I see how this thread develops.