Let’s Chat About Thyroid Issues…
Posted by healthyforhim
I have friends with thyroid imbalances… but never had mine tested before this year.
Why would there be a need to? I’ve never felt sluggish… or “off” after a pregnancy… I really never felt off until I stopped nursing our last child. Oh wait, my body never really had a break from nursing or pregnancy, 12 years prior to that. Pregnancy WAS my normal.
My maternal grandmother had thyroid cancer… my maternal grandfather had Graves disease… but I never realized this. Apparently BOTH major markers of me having mine checked on a regular basis.
I remember when I was pregnant with our 7th, I had every hypo-thyroid symptom in the book… but I just “knew” it was pregnancy… after all, I didn’t have problems with my thyroid.
Or so I thought.
After everything that happened last year, and my motivation took a nose dive… I assumed it was all related to everything I was trying to tackle – not my thyroid working against me.
Then I continued getting worse… and more tired, and less motivated. I thought it was the Sjogrens symptoms, and fibromyalsia… chronic fatigue. Check, check and check – those were all dead on. My vitamin level (lows) all prove to be tied to these symptoms… but again, how many doctors are truly skilled on nutritional needs of the body?
I went to an endocrinologist – one I really loved… and she looked for my (non-fasting) TSH my PCP ran a month prior – and said I was fine. She ran tests for auto immune thyroid disease (which checks for IgA for those diseases), and not surprisingly… I didn’t show positive for that. Remember, I barely make IgA – so none of those tests can be trusted… I’m unsure WHY they run those, knowing that.
My symptoms have been ignored as normal:
Low body temp
Troubles swallowing/breathing sometimes (thyroid sonogram showed nothing, attributed this to Sjogrens)
Hair falling out/Dry Hair
Low Sex Drive
Gaining weight despite eating at a deficit
Crabby? Who me?
and on and on and on… I guess these are all classic signs. But my thyroid checked out ok – with my TSH just below a 3, and no auto immune disease blood results – I was sent on my way.
Several months ago, I had a fellow like-minded health-aware mom tell me that IF my thyroid was a problem, make sure I went to a functional medicine Dr., preferably a woman… because the last thing I would want to go on – having celiac, was SYNTHROID.
Hmm… I remember that conversation in the back of my mind now… but I never really “got it” until most recently.
Almost everyone I know, who has thyroid imbalance… is ON Synthroid.
Is it bad? Well, apparently it shuts down your thyroid so you have to be on it…. for life.
Sounds like a pretty good deal.
For drug companies.
So much that some doctors won’t take patients that refuse it. They bad mouth other, more natural options, as “old-fashioned” – even if patients feel better on it. Some are even ignored, who don’t feel better on it… What a hopeless feeling that must be.
READ MORE ABOUT issues with Synthroid and unheard thyroid issues here. There are gobs of natural healing websites that discuss healthier options that don’t include Synthroid as the treatment.
When my latest thyroid numbers came back, alongside my cortisol test that tested my saliva 4x throughout the day… a notation was made. “May need thyroid therapy.”
My reverse T3 was through the roof… and apparently my body knew it was stressed, because the numbers that were showing up for my T3 and T4 were low, and they weren’t accurate on their own – as those other elements were adding into why I felt so horrible. On this path – my adrenals would be burning out. Exactly what I suspected was happening – and asked the endocrinologist about last October. Apparently your ratio of Free T3 to RT3 should be above 20. Mine was 9.3.
Originally, my TSH and Free T3 and Free T4 weren’t checked with my RT3. They really still look at that one number… and not HOW your body is getting that number. Since your thyroid fluctuates… it’s not some “snap shot” answer. If symptoms are there, something needs to be looked into. Many people still don’t feel well on T4 only treatment – and feel like they don’t have any other options at health.
Can I tell you how thankful I am for my naturopath Dr? Very.
I’m not sure where things will go from here… but after studying some, I did start a “NOW” brand “Thyroid Energy”… and am taking that once a day around noon – to avoid my drop out in the afternoon/evening… as I await my appoint with my naturopath in a few weeks. I can tell a difference, but I’m not sure if it’s enough – for now, it’s a positive I need.
Knowing we’re continuing on the right path – to health, is a HUGE blessing to me. It’s that HOPE for this year, that has made all of the difference.
I think part of it, for me, is realizing I am a partner with my doctor – and they encourage you to learn to be well. It’s not a doctor offended that you’re trying to learn about what is going on inside your body, out of a power-trip they that know more about a speciality than you do, due to scientific case studies which don’t include the right here and now of YOU – it truly is a partnership, where you feel heard – and helped.
YOU are the expert of your body. You live in your body, and you know how you feel. Something that is normal for you, might not be an abnormal level to someone else.
I spent 12 months explaining how I was continuing to go downhill… with blood results that wouldn’t match up with the truth of what was going on. It reached a point – I didn’t even feel like talking about it anymore. I guessed this was just how I was going to be… forever.
I was beginning to see why many women just end up on antidepressants and anxiety medications.
Praise God for how much improvement I have made in just a month! I truly can’t even believe it myself. Each day in the right direction is a huge encouragement. For anyone out there suffering from similar symptoms – such as fibromyalsia, low IgA or chronic fatigue, or any other “auto immune disease” issue… if you have hypo-thryoid symptoms but your TSH looks “within range”… then save yourself some major time and pain. Find a licensed doctor in functional medicine and find the reality you CAN be well again.
You’ll be glad you did.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Posted on January 14, 2013, in Auto Immune Disease, Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Metabolism and tagged auto immune disease, chronic fatigue, endocrinologist, gluten intolerance, naturopath, Reverse T3, stop the madness, thyroid testing, TSH. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.