Thyroid problems are an epidemic and many doctors are completely ignornant of them and how to figure out
what’s going on how to fix them. This is especially true in women but men can also have thyroid issues
There are a lot of reasons why thyroid disorders are rising and why people really struggle to find
solutions. If you want a complete guide on this topic, I highly recommend the book by The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight — and How to Get Your Life Back
In short though, our traditional medical system is trained to wait until your thyroid dies or until things
become so bad that they have to put you on a lifetime of medication. However, if you catch your thyroid
disorder soon enough there are other solutions.
Here is my story:
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time or checked out my about page then you know that I’ve had
allergies forever and had a real struggle to find solutions for these. For awhile I assumed that my fatigue,
brain fog and other issues were do to allergies and food intolerances. However, I first started to suspect
that I had thyroid issues when I began seeing an acupuncturist who specializes in allergies. She would
Tell me when I went in for treatments that my throid function was low and even put me on idione trops
and some Chinese herbs to try and help. However, over the course of the year I worked with her my
thyroid levels continued to be up and down. While I did and still do have challenges with allergies and food intolerances, I’ve discovered that my thyroid problems are the biggest reason why I get these symptoms.
Eventually I decided to get my thyroid levels checked as a part of an annual physical and I told the doctor I thought I had thyroid problems. She didn’t really believe me but said she would get them tested anyway. The results came back and she tried to tell me everything was normal and I wasn’t buying it. I took a copy of the results to my naturopathic doctor and he said, No they aren’t normal and had me try taking some natural thyroid medicine to help. Six months went buy and I still was having more sick days than I’d like to admit. I went back to the same doctor and he decided to write me a prescription to have the lab test my thyroid levels again. I got my results and sent them to the doctor, however, they still didn’t test my antibodies even though he asked them too. This time the doctor decided to put me on a synthetic thyroid medication. I went a year on this medicine and while somewhat better, I was still not optimal. Finally this past January it was time for me to get my labs redone for a renewal of my prescription. This time I decided to just pay out of pocket and have the blood tests done by my Naturopathic Doctor’s office. When they came back I finally found out that I have hashimotos, which explains a lot of my symptoms and even allergies. I know now that I’ve probably had it for at least 5 years but since my antibodies where never tested, I couldn’t get a diagnosis.
Now I’m working on doing what I can to control my thyroid levels and while I’m still not totally better, I’m getting there. Can you relate to this problem? If so, I’d love to have you share in the comments below.