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Health Matters: Dosing Modifications

18 Oct

It has been a month since my last doctor’s appointment. I’ve been so busy with life that I’m just now updating. A month ago I still wasn’t feeling great. I’ve made a lot of changes with supplements and getting off synthetic prescription drugs. Repairing 10 years of damage to my system is not a quick process and I didn’t expect it to be.

As always, Dr. Alexander spent all the time I needed going over my concerns, digging deep into how I was feeling and explaining my recent test results so I understood them.

Here is what we discussed:

Thyroid: I do have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. (Incidentally, there was a great article on MSN today about modern wheat’s connection to Hashimoto’s.) We decided to increase my Iodoral 2% to 4-5 drops per day and continue Armour med at the 1.5 dose (up from 1). Nutritionally, she said the best for me is to start trying to cut out wheat and corn as well as any processed foods (processed contains the bromine that is blocking iodine). My TSH level was an insane 15.9 in July, but is now at 1.32 (less than 2 is good). My T4 and T3 are continuing to improve as well.

Adrenal: A new item we discussed this time was Adrenal Fatigue. Because I was still so tired and lacking energy, Dr. Alexander thought this might be what’s going on. She said I wasn’t fatigued yet, but she was concerned I was headed there. I started adrenal support that contains Ashwaganda, which also helps the thyroid. We’ll check the progress in labs in a month. We also discussed the importance of meditation and getting away from work when I can. This is hard for me because I work two jobs: one for a national magazine and one publishing my own magazine. I am having to make conscious efforts to disconnect with work and connect with myself and my family. Stress is the biggest cause of adrenal fatigue. This makes so much sense to me.

Hormones: Hormonally I have been feeling up and down. While I was on birth control, as I have discussed before, I had no libido, and I’m only 32 years old. I lived the first 10 years of my marriage being crippled by a rocky physical relationship with my husband. It was the single biggest struggle in my marriage. And while the kinks are still being worked out hormonally, I am happy to report I feel somewhat normal again in that department. As much as I know of “normal” anyway. I am continuing on a progesterone supplement nightly on days 14-25 of my cycle.

Vitamin D deficiency: My vitamin D level was 65 at my last labs, which is a huge improvement from the 31 it was in May. We will continue to replace to goal of around 80.

I’m still very hopeful we will get all of this figured out. Dr. Alexander said I wasn’t making this easy. 😉 But it’s still so wonderful to know someone is on my side and committed to digging into these problems with me.

I’ll be back next week with an update on how my organic produce delivery is going. (Spoiler: We love it!)

Here’s to our health friends.