Happy Friday, and happy vacation to me! I am currently on the road to New York City, my favorite place in the world, with my favorite people ever… my parents! While we wish that my brother and sister-in-law could make it, we understand that they are doing this pretty amazing thing called GETTING READY FOR A BABY. 2 more months, 2 more months!
Anyways, I wanted to do an end of the week check-in with you guys to give you an update on how I’ve been feeling lately and also on the results that I just received yesterday from my specialist.
Okay, so this post will probably be long, so I hope you’re ready!
3 weeks ago I went to see a naturopathic specialist in an effort to figure out what was going on with my body. The short version is that I had rapid weight gain (20 pounds in 3 months), I went from being the happiest person around, to being depressed, I was always tired to the point of having brain fog at work. I felt very helpless. Since my primary care doctor could not pinpoint my issues to my thyroid, she wanted me to see a specialist.
Now, my PC did a more extensive thyroid test than they typically do in a primary care setting, and it still came back fine, so the naturopathic doctor ran the tests on the sub-clinical level. YES YES YES! My specialist concluded that I am sub-clinical hypothyroid. For probably a solid 5 years I have been asking my doctor to test my thyroid and I finally have someone who sees my thyroid levels and recognizes that they are low. I’ll be taking an over the counter medication for this, and we are starting at a low dosage.
We all handle stress differently, and I have always noticed that when I am stressed or work out too much, I gain weight right away due to excess cortisol, however when I take a rest day or the stress is gone, the weight flushes out the next day. I had zero stressors in my life, but I was thinking that maybe the weight gain was causing internal stress, possibly leading to consistent and rapid weight gain. My specialist had me complete the adrenal stress test, in which I would spit into test tubes at 5 different times throughout the day to see what my cortisol levels were at each point in the day. The results showed that my levels were low when they should have been high, and high when they should have been low. Basically they were the complete opposite of what healthy cortisol should be. Go me! 🙂 She has given me herbal supplements to take both in the morning and before bed, and this should help balance out my cortisol levels.
In the same adrenal test it showed that I have decreased DHEA, which is not good and can cause things such as depression, weight gain, brain fog, and hormonal disorders. I will be taking a herbal supplement for this for only 3-4 weeks. After that, my body should be able to produce DHEA on its own again.
I also have always had bloating when it comes to food, so she also had me do a glamorous poop test. She wanted to see if I was digesting my food properly, and to check for bacteria. I had to do this over a span of 3 days. My results showed that I digest my food just fine, however I don’t have enough good bacteria and I also have a yeast overgrowth. That means I’ve been put on a probiotic and have also been encouraged to try the Candida Diet. (It doesn’t look enjoyable).
It sounds like I do have a lot going on in my body, and I am 300% happy that I went forward with seeing a specialist. Honestly I am relieved that she found so many things going on, and that each test I took showed that something was up. I am thankful that it’s nothing incredibly serious like Cushing’s Syndrome or an autoimmune disease. The plan is that I will be having my thyroid tested again in 3 weeks, and then the last week of July we will meet again to go over my results and to see how I am feeling with the changes that I will have begun to take.
I’m just incredibly relieved that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am more so thankful for my parents and my amazing group of friends who have been supporting me through all of this. They have dealt with my lack of energy, my sadness, my crying, and needing to cancel plans due to my health, and I just love that they never gave up on me and were constantly checking in on me to see how I’ve been feeling.
Have a happy and sunny weekend! 🙂