Monday, January 7, 2008

Thyroid Madness

I went to the doctor today. He said I probably have the worst case of hypothyroidism he has ever seen. Nice. I asked what can he do about it? He went over my blood test results (which I have to go back to the lab because our local lab office didn't do the correct tests order) and my diet (recorded before Christmas). I am going to be taking some vitamin D supplements, a natural thyroid replacement called Westhroid and some other supplement to help my immune system. I am to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and soda. He said my diet is ok, until dinner. I need to just eat a salad and some lean protein for dinner and not eat 3 hours before bed. I am so hopeful that this new regime helps me. I talked with Sarah and she found a informative website online:
It had some really great info. on it, and I really can't wait to see who is right in the medical world as far as my thyroid is concerned. Read up and get educated. It has taken me 7 plus years to finally do a bit of research. I am posting a picture of how puffy my face has gotten in the last year. Don't judge, people! According to the naturopath I have a good diet! I blame everything on my thyriod.

Here I am last year. I think there is quite a change. I have noticed a big difference in my appearance in the last 3 years.


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Hi Kim,

17 years ago, when my thyroid first wacked out, I gained 40 lbs in 4 months. I had thyroid cancer, no longer have a thyroid, and the medicine has NEVER worked. Like you, I have been judged and judged, but my diet is NOT to blame.

Thanks for your openness and honesty. I would LOVE to be each other's support network. As with you, it is sometimes difficult when our husbands and kids do not have any type of weight issues.

Tell me more about this naturopath. I have always wanted to try one, but have never been referred to a good one.


K. said...

Sent me an email and I would be happy to give you his name. I got referred to him from a friend from church. He is a bit laid back and casual (someone said unprofessional) but I like him. If I were you I would wait to see if what he is doing for me works!

God's Grace said...

Kim, I have hypothyroidism too. It was this way for a long time and my doctor never thought to check it since I really didn't gain weight do to stomach problems at the time. I couldn't eat alot of foods. And still have a problem at times. But I had the hair loss, skin issues, depression, anxiety, etc. I thought I was going nuts. But now I'm a new person! It's crazy what a little hormone imbalance can do!

I am beginning to gain weight now so I really need to do some research again.

God's Grace said...

Ooops, the last post is from Terry. I always forget to sign my name. I forget I changed it on Blogger...Terry