Getting Healthy: Part 2

The second in a series of posts about my health issues after eating disorder recovery. You can read the introductory post here

My doctor’s appointment and blood tests were over a month ago, and I finally received the results in the mail. I was anxiously awaiting them, hoping they’d be the key in helping me figure out why my body isn’t working the way it should.

I shouldn’t have put all my hope in the results, though. They came back completely clean, all within normal ranges. On the one hand, this made me happy, because who doesn’t want to have a healthy, functioning body? Everything I was tested for (which was a LOT, they took a lot of blood from me) checked out, including the thyroid test (TSH), which was one thing I was suspecting to be an issue.

Now I’m frustrated and confused. I got a voicemail a week or so ago from my doctor’s office saying I was referred to an endocrinologist. Of course, the timing isn’t great, since I’m moving out of state in two weeks. So if I want to figure this out (and of course I do), I have to find a new doctor once I move and possibly get tested again or get in to see an endocrinologist and have to explain my history. Also the fact that I may have to see an endocrinologist scares me, because that means it’s really a hormonal issue. It’s not something I can cover up anymore and pretend that it’s no big deal. This May will mark one full year without a period. I know some women recovering from an eating disorder go even longer without one, but the fact that I’ve never had one on my own is also a red flag.

I’m not sure where to go from here, and to be perfectly honest, figuring this out isn’t one of my top priorities at the moment. I’m a few weeks away from starting my first full time job, on top of moving to a new place and settling in there and finding a routine and figuring out everything on my own. I’m not planning on finding a doctor as soon as I get there, so this may be put on the back burner for a little while. I know that may not be the best thing for me, but it is what it is. Right now, I have to prioritize my new job and new life over my health.

Hopefully I can provide more updates in the next couple of months, but for now, I’m going to be focusing on moving and starting a job.

Have you ever prioritized something else over your health?

4 thoughts on “Getting Healthy: Part 2

  1. P says:

    You’re being so real with sharing this! You’re obviously also going through a lot right now, and in the end it’s up to you in regards to how you want to manage certain things. I know for me, I can ask my Dad for advice, but in the end I have to choose what’s right for me. It’s all a part of growing up, right 😉 ?

    Trying to tackle everything at once is going to make things worse in my opinion, but it’s also important to make sure we don’t forget to touch base with our issues/fears also.

    • You are so right! I don’t want to totally neglect my health issues even though I’m going to be really busy for awhile. It’s all about finding that balance!

  2. Aja says:

    I am very glad to hear that you are healthy, but sorry to hear that it is a confusing hormonal issue. I have to go get some things worked out with that myself, but i’ve been putting it off, too. Definitely focus on moving and getting your job started and all that. Don’t worry about this too much but yeah, try to take care of it when you get a chance. I’m excited to hear about your move and the new job, and I hope this can be taken care of easily even if you do have to see a specialist.

    • Thanks, I hope it’s an easy fix for you as well. This hormonal stuff is so complicated, so I think going to a specialist will be my best bet!

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