When Lara Pitt told doctors she was experiencing extreme fatigue, the Fox Sports presenter was turned away, and told it was nothing more than the stress of being a new mum.
Now, writing for Body & Soul, the 35-year-old has opened up about the hidden illness that arose after the birth of her first son, Lachlan. The disease which was only brought to her attention by, well… a troll.
“Sometimes Twitter can be a cold, harsh place. Other times it can unlock the mystery around a nagging health problem,” the mum-of-two wrote.
“Yep, I owe one helpful tweeter for pointing out – I didn’t have post-natal anxiety or depression, but in fact another post-partum health issue, commonly misdiagnosed.”
The NRL commentator’s symptoms included a heightened heart rate, restless sleeps, fatigue, breathlessness and excess sweating. Then, one day after work, a peculiar tweet caught her eye.
“Does Lara Pitt have an Adams Apple?” it read. Within days, she had noticed “a visible lump was sticking out of my neck, in a sort of heart-like-shape.”
“Some blood tests and an ultrasound revealed I was suffering post-partum Thyroiditis – a condition which occurs in 7-8 per cent of women approximately one to four months after delivery,” Lara said.