Khadijah*, 63, was a doting grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and even grew her own vegetables in her backyard. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Whenever they visited, she would cook delicious meals just for them.
However, Khadijah began to find it increasingly difficult to complete her daily chores. Her body ached for no apparent reason and she also suffered from joint pains. On some days, she even struggled to bend over. She was very upset with her health condition and confided in her children about it. Unfortunately, her aches and pain were dismissed as part of ageing. As her health slowly deteriorated, Khadijah felt exasperated. She really longed to do the things she loved most, gardening and cooking. Then, following a close friend’s advice, she decided to speak to her doctor about her ill health.
After a simple blood test , Khadijah was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and given levothyroxine pills to help manage the disorder. Khadijah had never heard of hypothyroidism but was amazed at how well she felt following treatment. She was not only more flexible, but felt liberated as she no longer had to suffer throughout the day and could finally indulge in her favourite activities.
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