It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update on my thyroid. For my previous updates you can go here.
Well, I blinked and my baby turned 1 a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure how that first year goes by so quickly, but one minute I’m swaddling an itty, bitty baby and the next minute I’m chasing my toddler around the house, playing peek-a-boo and cleaning up the tornado of a mess she leaves in her path.
If I was to be honest, I did such a good job protecting my thyroid and adrenals when she was born. I knew my body was going to need a lot of support and I very intentionally made sure I was rested and nourished those first few months. My thyroid test results at that time showed not much change. I was stable.
Then, I don’t know, I got distracted with life. My baby went through a rough patch with sleeping and I did my gluten experiment which really set me back as far as my fatigue and energy levels. At one point, I felt like I had completely regressed to where I was before I had been diagnosed. I was discouraged and frustrated.
In July I decided something had to be done. I ordered the book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause. Ya’ll, this book was a God send. It was a definite game changer. I read the whole thing in days, a highlighter in one hand, and a pen for taking notes in the other hand. I finally understood how some of the things I was doing that I thought was helpful, was really setting me back.
After reading it I prayerfully implemented a few of the things suggested throughout the book – mainly I cut dairy (goodbye cheese and butter) and became even more vigilant in looking for hidden sources of gluten. I began supplementing with B12, selenium, zinc and probiotics. I also got back in the habit of using several different essential oils to support my endocrine system. I wanted to do more, but mamma’s on a budget and those supplements alone were a stretch. The dairy was the last change I made a couple of weeks ago, and I hate to say this because I LOVE my dairy, but it made the biggest difference. I am feeling really good. I have energy. I have a pep in my step. I’m motivated and have initiative again. Those of you who know what fatigue feels like, know what a huge deal that is!
In early July, before implementing those changes, I had more lab work done and my numbers were “almost” normal. My Free T4 was 1.0 and my TSH was 3.28 – still high although it’s technically in the “normal” range. My endocrinologist didn’t test my antibodies because he didn’t see the need. We had a conversation about that and he agreed to test them for my next appointment in two months. He told me right now my thyroid is functioning at about 90% and I’m doing great. I told him I felt like poop (don’t you hate being told you SHOULD feel fine?!) and showed him my book and said I was going to start implementing some changes. He warned me that a problem with supplements is they can have heavy metals in them and can end up doing more harm than good. He’s definitely right about that and so I’m trying to find a delicate balance between what my body needs, what we can afford, and what is the safest option.
At the end of my appointment I told my endocrinologist that my Hashimoto’s will go into remission and he said it’s doubtful – very, very rare. I’m really excited to see my next blood work considering how much better I am feeling already. My next appointment is in October. I can’t wait to give God all the glory. I do give God all the glory. I am so incredibly grateful that after a very discouraging summer health-wise, I am sitting here today telling you how great I am feeling.
I highly recommend the Hashimoto’s Root Cause book. If you have any kind of thyroid issue, it would be helpful, she addresses Grave’s and she really gets into the research and the root causes. Excellent, excellent information.
I will be sure to post another update with some (hopefully) good news in October!