Sunday, December 30, 2012

And Again!

I've been working on this specific post for a couple of days now. Mostly because it's a bit emotional, but also because I feel such disbelief that this is happening, still.

Previously I've mentioned how hard it is for family and friends to comprehend fully just what Hashimoto's Thyroiditis means to those who have it and those around them. It's hard for doctors to know everything about every single disease or condition, so it is completely understandable that family or friends will forget all about this disease during the busy days of the holidays.

So the part that I find so frustrating now, is knowing how long and hard I've worked to do the research on this disease, find out what works, then take the time to put it in this blog to share with those I know, only to be told "You shouldn't have changed your thyroid medication."  What???

Well, we can't correct everyone's ignorance, regardless of who they are.  That was a case of pure ignorance.  My family member that I quoted above is not educated enough to have an opinion in this matter.  It also doesn't change the fact that this information is openly available for people - including said family member - to read, yet it was merely tossed aside like yesterday's garbage.

We will always run into those people.  It's hurtful.  It's confusing. It makes you think "Don't you believe me?",
 "I'm your daughter/sister/brother/son, and you don't believe me?"  The truth is, some people, for whatever excuse they choose to use, are just too closed-minded.  Shame on them.  I hope they don't prevent someone from getting this information and/or getting the right treatment.  No one should have to suffer because a family member is ignorant. Every person on this earth deserves the best health care and treatment available.

So if you know someone with Hashimoto's disease, Hypothyroidism, or even if it's merely suspected. Share my blog. There's probably something that will help them.  If we don't help each other, who will?

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Do I Need Supplements?

If you've read my previous posts, you already know that I take supplements to help my thyroid medication work and to make me feel better.  I read many, many posts in the numerous thyroid groups I'm in, from people who take several different supplements.  Most don't feel better and can't really figure out why.

I think it's human nature to rush things.  We think "if I take all these, I'll be 100% by tomorrow or the next day".  Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.  So when day 5 of taking 18 different supplements comes, and nothing is better, you have to stop and figure out why.  Which one(s) aren't doing anything? Perhaps some are blocking others from working, or perhaps there's just too much all at once and the body hasn't figured it all out yet. I've done that. I've tried too many things at one time to know what works and what doesn't.  Lucky for me, I hate taking pills, so one day I just stopped all of them except my thyroid medication.

So what I learned was, I didn't actually need them all.  I still take B5 (pantothenic acid) with meals because those with Hashimotos have digestive issues.  I take my thyroid medication split into 3 doses because my body requires it that way to function it's best. And I take adrenal support in order to sleep when I should and be awake when I should.

Now, there's many other supplements that advertise they boost thyroid production.  Perhaps they do and perhaps they don't.  But how will you know what works for you?  It's all so individual. Testimonials for products have to be read with a certain amount of disbelief.  Nothing works for everyone. There's no 'one size fits all' in medications or vitamins. We all know that. So it's very important to research what they are.  Just because an herbalist/Naturopath recommended them, doesn't mean they're what you need. The problem with the time-constrained office visit is that no one is perfect. When we see our doctor, it's very possible we've forgotten to mention a symptom or a supplement we're taking. Sometimes we have had a symptom for so long that we completely forget about it.  And sometimes it may be a matter of, if we've mentioned it before but felt ignored/brushed off by our doctor, we don't mention it again. This is something that makes a doctor's job very difficult.

So the best way to choose?  Do the research, ask your doctor about them, then test them out one at a time.  Some may take weeks to see the full impact. Don't be in a rush. Rushing things may hurt you more than help you, and some products may just be a waste of money.  So hang in there, be safe, and just know that you will get better.  

Sunday, December 02, 2012

6 Months After Starting NDT

As Christmas approaches, I look back over the past 6 months since I started taking Erfa Thyroid.  I feel so much better; so much like my body has returned to normal. Let me say that again. NORMAL.  I knew I'd feel better, but to feel like a normal person?  My heart's wish come true.  Erfa Thyroid truly has exceeded all of my expectations. I still get tired some days, but it isn't every single day, and I'm sure it's normal to feel tired when you've been doing too much.  There's that word again. Normal.

With Hashimoto's disease, there's no such thing as perfect.  Medicine just isn't that advanced. Take the good and the bad and hope for the best.  I expect some sort of setback.  Every season brings different symptoms, different medication needs.  Unfortunately, unless the doctor has Hashimoto's disease, he/she won't think to make the necessary adjustments for each seasonal change.  Some people need a higher dose in the winter and some need a higher dose in the summer.  It's not even possible to get a doctor to order tests that often. So what's the solution? Adapt. Learn to cut out tasks. Maybe you don't need to vacuum every single day during those months when you'd really rather be on a higher dose of Erfa Thyroid.

This week I'm getting the house ready for Christmas and I don't worry that I'm going to run out of energy before I'm finished what I'm doing.  I don't have that constant muscle and joint pain from head to toe.  My hair stopped falling out.  I can go shopping for hours and not need a nap.  I sleep well at night now.  And I almost never get anxiety, or if I do, it passes quickly.  Because of all of this, my stress level is way down, allowing me to enjoy my days.  I think this is what normal is like.