As someone with hypothyroidism, your body (and mind) goes through certain things that only you really get. Read on for a look at 29 things only someone with hypothyroidism would understand.

1. That straw-like stuff growing out of your head is your formerly thick and glossy hair.

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2. Where did that extra 10 pounds come from?

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3. Your new exercise program includes vigorously rubbing your arms and shivering because you're always cold.

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4. You DID get enough sleep. Eleven hours is hardly a nap.

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5. If all you're eating is lettuce, shouldn't you be losing that extra 10 pounds?

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6. You hear the word “puffy” more often than you’d like, as in, “Your face is a little puffy.”

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7. Every time you get a manicure, half your nails break the next day, along with your hair.

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8. Sometimes it takes a few seconds to answer questions like, “What is your name?”

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9. Besides your mind being “constipated” ... well, you know the rest.

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10. You used an entire bottle of lotion and your skin is still dry and flaky.

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11. TSH, T-3 , T-4, TSI, TPO, … all you need to know is that they're important tests with lots of letters.

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12. Your body is full of “achy breaky” joints.

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13. Is that a frog in your throat or are you getting a cold?

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14. Being depressed is not part of your DNA, so why now?

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15. Whatever happened to your regular menstrual cycle?

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16. Yes, you HAVE to take your thyroid pills – for a long time.

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17. Yes, you HAVE to have regular checkups – for a long time.

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18. You’re used to doing breast self-exams AND neck and throat exams.

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19. Your memory seems to be on vacation.

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20. You’re used to hearing, “You look a little pale. Pinch your cheeks.”

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21. Your heart rate is s-l-o-www.

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22. The word “diminished” fits you – diminished energy, diminished sex drive, diminished appetite.

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23. Changes in your cholesterol happen. And not in a good way.

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24. Elastic waistbands find their way into your wardrobe.

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25. Your favorite piece of furniture is the bed.

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26. You have to set an alarm every time you sit down, in case you fall asleep.

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27. Your refrigerator becomes the host to a hundred Post-its, which serve as reminders (and lifesavers)!

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28. Do it now! Whatever “it” is. You'll forget later (Wait, is it Johnny’s turn to bring snacks to school tomorrow?!).

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29. You know things will get better. As long as your mom stops pestering you about the benefits of eating a high-fiber diet. 

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