Anna Richardson’s health: ‘I’ve been fighting,’ she says of her strange ailment.
Anna Richardson, 50, of CHANGING ROOMS, is usually the one who helps people with their health and sexual issues. Her own health, though, has taken a hit, with some strange symptoms to boot.
Sue Perkins, Anna Richardson’s six-year partner, recently divorced her. Despite being “devastated” by the breakup, the couple couldn’t agree on adopting children, according to a source who spoke to MailOnline. Anna has already spoken about how sympathetic the former Great British Bake Off host was as her health began to deteriorate.
Anna began to feel ‘brain fog’ in 2018, making it increasingly difficult for her to remember seemingly simple things.
Names, words, and everyday items began to leave her mind, followed by weight gain and irregular periods.
The presenter tried hormone replacement medication, thinking it was menopause symptoms (HRT).
This is a pill that is used to treat common symptoms such as hot flushes, nocturnal sweats, and mood swings.
However, since the HRT did not appear to have any effect, the presenter became increasingly concerned.
“I’ve been dealing with what my gynaecologist and I thought were menopause symptoms,” she stated in an article for The Belfast Telegraph.
“I’ve gained weight around my midsection, have irregular periods, hurting joints, dry skin, and terrible brain fog where I forget the most basic terms.
“With my job, that would be a nightmare.”
She went on to state that the hardest part of her symptoms was just feeling lousy in general.
Anna said, “Even after 12 hours of sleep a night, I’m still fatigued.”
After experiencing these strange symptoms, a blood test revealed that the presenter’s thyroid was underactive.
In December 2019, she was diagnosed with secondary hypothyroidism.
The hypothalamus (in the brain) produces insufficient levels of a certain hormone, resulting in symptoms such as an enlarged thyroid, lethargy, and weight gain.
Antibiotics didn’t appear to make a difference for Anna, and a second diagnostic suggested that the problem could be in the brain’s master gland.
“However, recent further blood testing indicate that the pituitary may be causing the illness, but it may not,” she noted.
Anna’s thyroid hormone level led medical authorities to this conclusion.
Thyroid hormone levels should be between 12 and 20.
Anna’s levels had shifted. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”