Hannah Corbin, a Peloton instructor, wondered why she was so tired. Her experience as a professional dancer allowed her to teach back-to-back fitness classes.
Corbin told TODAY, “I fell asleep on the subway coming home from work and completely missed my stop. It didn’t make sense because I was sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night.”
She had never felt such exhaustion before. She was able to tackle the Peloton classes without any problems – “I was running on pure adrenaline,” but she dropped out of extracurricular activities.
Moreover, she was forced to cancel her plans with friends.
Corbin revealed, “Every second was a battle to stay awake. It was like sandbags were coming down over my eyes.”
Corbin, who follows a clean, anti-inflammatory diet, also gained 15 pounds, seemingly nowhere. She described her entire body as “feeling swollen.”
She recalled, “That is when I knew something was wrong.”
Corbin was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease less than a year after her symptoms first appeared, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland causing fatigue and weight gain.
Dr. Erik Alexander, head of the thyroid section, said Hashimoto’s disease can strike anyone at any age but is more common in older individuals.
Women are also more likely to suffer from this illness than men. It can be detected through blood tests.
According to Alexander, the hallmark symptoms of this illness are fatigue, weight gain, and constipation. There are also less common symptoms, such as changes in menstrual cycles and thinning hair.
Alexander said there is no cure for Hashimoto’s disease, but it can be treated effectively with a once-daily medication.
Corbin visits an endocrinologist every six months to check her levels but feels more robust.
She said, “I hope that this medicine and my bodywork with one another. I feel like me again.”