Thursday, September 13, 2012
A Not So Primal Post, but... a hopefull one
So on Tuesday I first went to my chiropractor. She did some sort of muscle relaxing thing with this weird machine she has... didn't seem to help much, but worth a try! I immediately went from there to physical therapy across town. The PT was really great, but I felt like I was going to die by the time I left the office. THEN I drove an hour to the the naturopath (MD who tries to treat holistically, but will also give "real" meds if needed) Dr. Klug.
Let me just start by saying that Dr. Klug is my new best friend! She has one receptionist/secretary, and a small, two or three room office, and is amazingly friendly and warm without being patronizing.
Her first question was "What can I do for you?" I had to pause because no doctor has ever asked me that question. Ever.
So I told her my symptoms (you can refresh your memory by clicking on My Story) and how I seem to have fallen into a senseless depression these last few weeks, and I just can't function or deal with it anymore.
She looked me right in the eyes the whole time. Didn't check her watch, clickity-clack on a laptop, or review papers while I was speaking. I felt like crying. Some one was not only listening but also *understood* what I was saying. I didn't get a speech of "just get over it." "If you stopped eating so much..." "if you would just talk a walk." or any other of the various idiotic things I've been told. She said "I know. It's so hard. Well, the good news is I know what's wrong with you!"
Wait... what.. you do? Tell me tell me tell me!
"Your body is screaming out "hormone deficiency!" Oh, well, yes, I've thought that for years... but what kind of hormone?
"You are severely lacking in progesterone. When one lacks progesterone one becomes depressed, lethargic, muscle can't relax, you can't get to sleep, you typically cannot lose weight, and a whole host of other things [most of which I have], but there is good news, I can give you a compounded prescription for progesterone, and you should be able to tell a difference the first time you use it, and a major difference within a few months."
Uh. Wow. I thought I had estrogen dominance, but I never suspected low progesterone. She says I do have too much estrogen by the fact that I have little progesterone. Also, did you know that if you are constantly in a state of stress, your body cannot make enough cortisol to keep you functioning, so your adrenal glands take progesterone to convert into something it can use for stress? Very cool, but not so cool at the same time.
She said given that I lived in a chaotic situation as a child, that getting my cycles so early (age 11), and then pregnancies on top of it all has caused adrenal fatigue. Yes! I knew that one too, but the doctors wouldn't listen.
Annnnnd, I have an enlarged thyroid. "Did any doctor ever let you know about this?" I laughed. I only asked four different doctors to check out my thyroid. Surprise! Not one doctor ever touched or looked at it. They wouldn't even check my thyroid hormones/levels.
So she says "I am strongly suspecting that you have a thyroid condition on top of a progesterone issue. And probably a few more issues that we can't see yet...."
I have to start taking progesterone and see what effect that has. Hopefully that gets everything working like it's supposed to and I won't need to do much else. I am also going in for lab work to check a lot of things like hormone levels, Vit D levels, a completely full panel on thyroid levels, and all that jazz. She says most likely I'll have to be on a T3 supplement, but we need to see the blood-work before we can determine how much.
I still can't quite believe it. I have answers. I have a plan. And I have hope.
Stay tuned for some more food photos from our cooking this week!
...that is, if I can find my camera cord.