The fall months

And here is where things get scary. I am so upset that someone would take advantage of me. Promising to help make me feel better and instead, make me more sick. The weight gain picked up rapidly and I was become more and more miserable. It is important to have a support system. I didn’t have anyone outside of my immediate family. If you know of someone struggling – please please please make sure to check in on them. I felt isolated and alone. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like that!

September 2015

The first week of September, I met my endocrinologist. He seemed nice and very knowledgeable. He explained how my thyroid was supposed to work, and why I was having problems. He upped my dose of levothyroxine and said to come back in 3 months. 3 months? That is a long time! My blood test showed elevated cortisol levels, so he also ordered a cortisol test where I would stay up until midnight a spit on a cotton swab. Kind of weird, but OK.

I was still feeling very very tired. I felt like I was sleeping more than I was awake. I began researching hypothyroidism and learned that some people do better on a medication called Armour or Nature-Throid. I also read a blog written by an endurance athlete that said Cytomel had changed her life. I also had someone very knowledgeable about Hashimoto’s disease check out my labs. Based on my results, she said that I wasn’t converting the T4 medicine to T3, so I should look into taking Cytomel (a T3 medicine).

When I called my endocrinologist back, the nurse said the doctor wouldn’t consider any changes for 3 months. I was pretty upset as I was feeling worse each week.

After I did MS 150 (I was unable to complete the entire route the first day, and did the short route the second day), a guy in my town told me that he knew someone who could help me. Long story short, his brother was a functional doctor. He didn’t take insurance, but he specialized in this kind of stuff and helped him.

At this point, I was willing to try anything. I sent a copy of my labs to the guy, who forwarded them to his brother. His brother replied back that I wasn’t converting T4 to T3 and I should be on Nature Throid and a T3 medicine. I felt like someone was finally listening! I was so excited! I booked an appointment. In the meantime, he called in a prescription for Nature-Throid after talking to me a bit on the phone. A couple days late, he called me back to ask how I was doing and said to increase my dose. He also ordered a lab to check my testosterone levels.

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Yikes. There I am in the blue tank top and pink shorts.

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Bloating

Weight: 157 pounds

 

October 2015

I had my appointment with the functional doctor. I wasn’t feeling any better so he said he was going to get aggressive with my treatment. I thought, well, whatever it takes to feel better. He changed my medicine to a custom-compounded T3-only medicine. The dosage of medicine started at 22.5 MCG twice a day, and would increase weekly by 15 MCG per day. So by week 4, I would be on 45 MCG a day. In addition, he said my testosterone level was low. He ordered testosterone gels for me to put in my mouth every morning. This made me nervous. I didn’t like this idea but agreed if it would make me feel better.

I actually didn’t feel better. I felt the same except I noticed I was having pain in my right kidney. I know what a UTI or kidney infection felt like. This was not it.

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Successfully hiding a little behind the other girls.

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Bloating

Additional Symptoms:

  • Kidney Pain

Weight: 164 pounds

 

November 2015

I had another appointment with the functional doctor. I said I wasn’t feeling better but my kidney was bothering me. He said he wanted to get “even more” aggressive and upped the T3 dosage, and doubled my testosterone dosage. He said the kidney was fine and just normal pains.

I began to have more kidney pain. So much so that I went to my primary care and she checked for the usual UTI stuff. When that came back clean, she ordered an ultrasound to check for kidney stones.

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This is the picture that made me cry for a good hour. I’m on the left

 

Hypothyroid Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Migraines
  • Sensitivity to Cold
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Ridges in Nails
  • Bloating

Additional Symptoms:

  • Kidney Pain
  • Muscle Soreness

Weight: 168 pounds

2 thoughts on “The fall months

    • customgrind says:

      There is nothing more lonely than being in a dark place and feeling horrible, yet everyone around you seems to be great. It is hard as a runner to see my friends seeming to do things so effortlessly, and I struggle just to get out of bed. I am sure other people are out there struggling, too. It would mean the world to them for someone to just say “hang in!”

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