Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

GERD and Whey?

Seems harmless – right? My Dr. warned that it upsets SOME people’s stomach. Maybe that’s because the generic version, with the same “active ingredient” also had LACTOSE in it. Watch those labels! Generic (store brand) motrin for children, often has high fructose corn syrup – that Advil doesn’t have!! Dig deep!

Doesn’t that sound tasty?

I don’t think I ever had heard of the word GERD in recent years. It’s basically like a heart burn feeling in your throat.

Old people have this, right? Good thing I’m not old.

I honestly don’t know if I have it or not, but it’s one of the attempts my Dr. made – at explaining the severity of my “sore throat” that seems to fluxuate, but doesn’t have sore glands.

The other is a thyroid sonogram… which will hopefully be this week.

Hopefully one will yield some answers or at least eliminate a few suspects.

I did have my thyroid checked through a basic TSH blood test… and it seems thyroids are another great challenge in the medical world.

First the endocrinologist wouldn’t take me as a referral from my doctor, until I had my thyroid levels checked. Easy enough…

I thought.

Now they have to decide if there are bad enough for me to be seen. Apparently LOTS of people have “fatigue” – so they have to weed some out (?)

I found that interesting. But originally my symptoms and risk factors hadn’t been laid out – we didn’t consider they wouldn’t take a referral from a doctor.

It also seems levels of TSH “normal ranges” vary. It used to be .5- 5.0 then I read that many doctors now say .3 – 3.0…. our office (that I went to) uses .4 – 4.0 I also read that many times people who are hypo can be having problems – at anything over a 2… depending on their other “total T numbers and FREE T numbers…”

HERE were my numbers:

TSH – 2.334

Total T3 – 79 ** this is the one that appears low, and might be the ticket (with my symptoms)

Free T4 – 1.26

So once again. WHO really knows what is going on?

I just know I’m super fatigued… most of the time. My highs in energy are followed by some really “I’m in cement” feelings.

My hair is still falling out (while the Dr did pull on my hair and said my scalp looked fine… my kids got a HUGE chuckle out of this and confirmed my hair comes out EVERYWHERE all the time. ) I dry wash and style my hair about every 2-3 days, and I get fists full of hair – it’s crazy. I can’t run my hand through it without having loads of hair in my hands.

My body temperature usually runs low.

My blood pressure too – although lately, I’m feeling dizzy a lot of the time – to the point of feeling like I’m going to pass out. All of this, and whacked out cycles the past year – made me just chalk most of this up to menopause, like my OB said.

Hot flashes/night sweats.  (see above)


Cycles that are shorter or longer than normal.  (How about 3 out of 4 weeks?)

Then there is the swelling/difficulty swallowing in my throat issue…

Gerd is sounding better and better, yes?

I’ve also read multiple articles revolving around your pituitary going out, or your adrenal gland burning out due once again to….

UNTREATED Celiac disease.

Why I never read this before, I have no idea… but it seems a specialist in celiac would have an idea of what tests need to be evaluated since my body has been deficient for so long.

As I fall asleep at the computer, yet again – I’m going to just assume it’s not my thyroid.

Denial is a beautiful thing.

“He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:29-31

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