Lisa and I grew up together – 7 houses apart. I was her younger sisters friend through school – but life took us different directions. When I was found on Facebook by Lisa’s younger sister and she saw me posting about my Grave’s Disease, she had Lisa get in touch with me.
Lisa and I had both been seeing a CRAPPY Endocrinologist. I had left and found a much better one and she soon followed suit. Our new doctor listened to us and added T3 to our T4 treatment. Got our levels up and feeling decent. We both still were wanting to get on the porcine version of thyroid replacement – but our Endocrinologist didn’t have faith in it and we both felt pretty good so we were fearful to leave and look for another one.
This past summer when I saw him he announced his retirement. Faced with my family doctor taking over my treatment or having to look for a new Endocrinologist, I asked him to transfer my records over to my Anti Aging doctor. That is what he is called – LOL I’m still aging but I don’t have to feel the effects as bad. He prescribes my testosterone and such. I figure since he’s already managing my sex hormones adding the thyroid hormone seemed logical 🙂
So he is who has finally given me my life back. I should send him flowers!
The low testosterone that he replaced last summer – game changer for my marriage. Progesterone replacement – keeps me from feeling like I’m a crazy lady 14 days out of the month and now finally Nature-Throid for my thyroid replacement. I know it’s only been three days but I truly feel like my brain is getting air. If you go back to some of my old posts you will see that I talk about feeling like I’m underwater. And only once in a while do I feel like I’m swimming on top of the water. When I have the moments of being on top I look back at the underwater times and it makes me feel sad. Like “why can’t I get to the surface”, “What is holding me down?”. I feel like sun is shining in my head. It’s bright and airy and happy. I can only hope this is not one of the “swimming above the water” moments and its the new meds, and things are going to continue to improve.
I have been reading a lot over the last three days to learn as much as I can about the new hormones my body has access to. It should be criminal that doctors don’t all prescribe the natural stuff. There are so many new studies out that prove that the T1 and T2 are not inactive in the system. I mean my first response is “Why in the hell does my body naturally make them if I don’t need them?” I mean it just shows a level of arrogance that is ridiculous.
SO to any of my readers that also are on synthetic thyroid replacement – Find a practitioner that will transition you over to a natural form. It may not work this great for everyone this fast – but I think it’s your right to try. No one knows how YOU feel, but you. Fight for your right to feel good again.
EDIT: I have added a link to the Menu to my Photobucket site. It’s down for maintenance right now – but when it’s back up, if you click on it (I think) on the first page is a picture of me in a yellow polk-a-dot bikini. That was taken one month before I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease. My life changed drastically after that. When The site is back up I will try to load the pictures I have since then – that yellow polk-a-dot picture is as close as I ever got to my goals. I hope this new prescription allows me to get back there…