Do note however, that nothing in this blog post constitutes medical advice, even if I have extensively-researched my condition and spoken to a number of my doctor friends about it. So if you think you have a medical condition, don't come to me, go to a doctor, and seek multiple professional opinions if necessary.
|I was the reserve for this handsome guy in front. Actually he started off as the reserve, but I soon proved to be so unfit for the job that everyone agreed that I should be on the bench. Suited me fine.|
|This is the exact model we had on board. Couldn't say no to my daily cuppa...|
Shit hit the fan?
In hindsight, my symptoms sounded suspiciously like thyroid storm, and I should have told them what Dr B had told me. By this time, I was a near-skeletal 59.5kg, and had an unprecedented view of my ribs. I received comments that would make any anorexic blush in delight - the most memorable being that my head "looked like a skull". Frankly, I'd take that any day over my late, great potbelly!
Subsequently before I got tested, there was one occasion after dinner and a few drinks with friends that I went home feeling really weird. While I lay on our bed, I counted my resting pulse at over 130 bpm. Not good.
Diagnosis, prescription, "recovery"...
After I "reported sick" at the medical centre the very next day, the MO concurred with Dr B's initial diagnosis and ordered a thyroid test for me. He also prescribed Propanolol to lower my heart rate, as well as Carbimazole to reduce my thyroid levels. The test results came back a week later as suspected - positive for hyperthyroidism. My dad would later inform me that his mum and sister had this condition as well...
The journey beyond that gets even more boring, if you are still reading by this point. I was referred to an Endocrinologist at NUH and the only thing he did further was to adjust my initial dose of 30mg Carbimazole downwards as my Free T4 levels decreased.
|It's very much cheaper to buy from JB. RM 13 from My Pharmacy as of July 2013. |
Don't bother finding out the local prices. Chances are if you need this medication, your pulse rate will shoot through the roof upon discovery!
The other side effect was weight-gain, even as my previously-voracious appetite decreased. But that was also a function of my metabolism slowing down.
Relapse!The only words to describe this are geh kiang (being a smart alec). I decided to take my lone 5mg pill every few days, then the interval got longer. I watched for symptoms of relapse and apparently there were none. I was considerably more tolerant of heat than before, and my weight had stabilised at 64kg, a figure I was happy to maintain. Maybe I could maintain a T4 reading within the higher reaches of the normal range?
Turns out that I couldn't. And the consequences were quite troublesome. None of the symptoms returned in earnest, but the Migration Medical demanded an updated reading, which I didn't have handy with me. So I got tested at the clinic, and lo and behold! "Super hyperthyroid".
I got a earful from my doctor friends and of course, from A. Stuff not quite suitable for publication here. But they were right, I had screwed up.
If not for this, we'd be sitting on an Australian PR now, having cleared all other hurdles. For now, the wait continues...
Useful information for those in the SAF...
Questions and comments? Shoot... And I will try my best to answer them in the capacity of a hyperthyroidism patient :)