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The road to recovery

Posted: Monday, Jul. 01, 2013

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Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

For two years now, I've been suffering from symptoms that I haven't been able to find a cause for. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease, which means my body attacks my thyroid like it's an infection. Many of the symptoms I suffer from are the definition of Hashimoto's; however, as my thyroid is functioning normally, my doctors are saying this may not be the reason. I had a few months where I was symptom free, but now, I barely have the energy to get through the day (and all I do is sit at a computer).

I don't want to reveal all the symptoms I suffer from, but one of the toughest ones to manage is the constant fatigue. I feel like I'm missing out on parts of my life. I come home from work and sleep away most of my day. When I do wake up, I take Alice out and go right back to sleep. Even the simplest tasks, like heading to the store, wear me out.

Its been a long road to discover the few pieces I know about my health. I've been tested for anemia, extreme allergies, a gallstone, H-Pylori, cancer, and diseases I'd never imagined before I gained these mystery symptoms. A few doctors didn't take me seriously, and surprisingly, a few loved ones didn't either. My illness has caused a lot of unexpected conflict in my life, which definitely added to the stress of finding out what was wrong.

Luckily, I'm working with a great doctor now. I've seen my fair share of specialists over the last two years and I've finally found a doctor who takes me seriously. I feel like she will help me find a way to treat these symptoms and find some energy. If my next tests don't reveal anything new, she's even considering a low dose of thyroid medicine to see if it helps. What a blessing that would be!

Until then, I'm just sleeping when my body needs it and accepting that I need to rest. It's tough because I like to stay organized with my writing, and the times when I used to write at home, I'm now sleeping. But I'm learning to manage these symptoms as I go through them, and at least when I am tired, I have Alice to cuddle with!

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