Just got home, & Voi La: my medicine is finally here! Just in the knick of time.
At lunch I took another round of OTC bovine thyroid & iodine. Again, not ideal, but better than nothing right. Maybe, maybe not: my feet became swollen & felt like they were on fire, I was as fatigued as ever, & as my work day came to a close my legs stated cramping & my heart started hurting.
I took the first dose of my new prescription as soon as I got the box open, & 30 min later I began feeling relief. It was almost as though something cool was traveling through my veins, providing relief. As I wrote this, my left foot is still uncomfortable, & there are just remnants of chest pain.
I have suspected that the OTC desiccated thyroid, which is from bovine sources, may be higher in T4 than prescription grade porcine thyroid. Mainly because it gives me many of the symptoms of Levothyroxin, including hot flashes & anger, but not necessarily the symptoms of excess or hyperthyroidism like itchy hives.
I wondered if any of my sources had specifically addressed this, and though I didn’t get that exact response, I did find an interesting article explaining why T4 vs T3 can still leave a hypothyroid person in big trouble. Here: I follow Hypothyroid Mom, & she filled in a gap in knowledge for me. My heart pain was literally my heart begging for T3, & not getting it, despite taking all my OTC stuff.
So now I know that I am probably not converting T4 to T3 well, & should be looking at my T3 levels much more closely. Another piece of the puzzle coming together, but so many more to go. Like, will I need a script for just T3?
I was just thinking earlier today that the wonderful thing about ignorance is that you have no need or desire to examine the causes, let alone find any solutions for anything you are dealing with.
My thyroid journey began with a ride on an Amtrak train, meeting a woman who had a story uncannily similar to mine, same weight problems & depression cycles for years. Telling me she met a doctor from Colorado that discovered a new type of hypothyroid that was being missed by most doctors because traditional reading of lab results.
Though I don’t remember details of that conversation well, I do know it is what spurred me to try iodine, which literally got the ball rolling for me.
The downside of coming out of ignorance though is that you are suddenly thrust into a giant puzzle of cause, effect, & searches for solutions. Not only do you now have a desire to figure some things out, it brings your attention to the problem so clearly that you need to figure out the solutions as fast as possible to avoid intensifying the anguish and misery of your own predicament.
This also occurred with allergies for me. Growing up I always had allergies, as long as I can remember anyway. Having to get shots to make it through the fall. One year mom paid nearly a thousand dollars for a round of skin prick testing. Results: several pollens, mold spores, & male cat dander. No problem right, take your allergy medicine, avoid the triggers, & you should be fine- ignorance is bliss- sort of!
We never had male cats, & during my worst seasonal allergy periods, my mom would keep me in air conditioning & prevent me from doing any yard work. Religious, she was, about making me take my allergy medicine too. With all of that, I essentially spent my entire adolescence with stuffed up runny noses, red itchy eyes, & many sinus infections.
Finally, when I was a freshman in college, I read an article about how many people with unending seasonal allergies, really are experiencing a full body auto-immune allergy overload because of dietary allergies. I had no idea it was possible, but instantly bells went off and all I could think was “is this why mine never go away? ”
Yanked immediately out of my comfortable ignorance, I started examining things I was doing, working with, & eating to try & determine if that was truly the case.
It was months until I definitively found one – the first to be obvious was Red 40. I noticed every serving of food with it was followed by asthma symptoms. The more Red, the more asthma. Good bye.
Then rye, it caused bloating something fierce, & all manner of What is NOW called IBS. Good bye.
Then it seemed like things were mostly better. I quit searching. Until, that is, I got pregnant- thanks to the train lady suggesting Iodine, actually working.
Pregnancy, as many women know, amplifies any issues you may have. Brings them to the surface and forces you to deal with them one way or another.
I was determined to have a healthy home birth, so that meant hard work, & quickly. Blood sugars, led to food journals. Journals led to patterns- allergies presenting. Essentially every time I ate an allergen, blood sugars spiked. One doctor finally admitting that allergies are an immune response, a stress on your system, and any stress of that sort will spike blood sugars. He admitted that might be the case, only because I would have high readings & low readings with the same number of carbs, & high readings were only with certain foods.
Knock out those foods: corn, potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, wheat, & soy. Suddenly, I can eat as much as I want all day long. So long as none of those are in the mix.
Obviously, I got my healthy home birth, & happy healthy baby.
I fudge now & then, but I’m learning that’s not such a good idea. Even though wheat isn’t my worst allergy for symptoms, it sure makes controlling my thyroid harder. Do you know how many things have wheat in them? !
Essentially, if I stick to my allergen list, I can’t eat hardly anything that comes pre-packaged. Most gluten free items contain corn or potatoes, or both.
So, behaving means: lots of salads, home cooked everything, making my own sauces and dressings, mostly veggies, quinoa & Brown or wild rice are ok, & lots of fresh juices & green drinks. It’s a lot of work – & most definitely not cheap! I wouldn’t wish my plight on anyone, yet I know I’m not alone.
I have my beliefs on the cause of this whole mess called my life, but they’re controversial, so I’ll leave that for another day. Just know if you are reading this & resonating or “feeling” what I’m saying – you are not alone. We’ll get through this together. For now, at least I have desiccated thyroid, & a doctor willing to work with me to find the best dosage, and/or solution. I hope you all find at least that piece of your puzzle.