Friday, August 8, 2008

Back to square one. Fertility.


I have been praying much about my health, fertility and well-being lately. It led me to go back to Marilyn M. Shannon's book Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition . I am glad that I did. In chapter 6 of the book, she talks about low thyroid function. This is what initially led me to going to an endocrinologist. I left with no diagnosis. Normal basal temps should be between 97.4 and 97.8. I am on day 18 and my basal today was 96.76. Not good. I've been to two endos with no diagnosis and at this point I'm frustrated and mad. I can't get energy, lose weight or maintain a pregnancy.

Today I took matters into my own hands through an online site of people who have been in my position. Stop the Thyroid Madness has natural ways to help people through diet and supplements. I am doing it, forging ahead and realize I can take blood tests until the cows come home and I will still be sub-clinical. I have many, MANY of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. My son is HT as well. I am starting slow on the supplements. I am currently on supplements for liver, whole food multi, red clover, B's, C and E. The thyroid tabs will be another addition. I'm quite sick of doctors and labs. All they have provided is unpaid bills that my insurance won't cover because they cannot diagnose me. If I felt like I was the least bit off in my observation, I would not be taking this step. Not one of my endos would make anything of my low temps. If they can't solve it with a big-pharm pill or surgery, it doesn't exist. (I warned you I was mad and frustrated). I was able to get pregnant a year ago. I don't want to jump back on that clomid train until I solve the underlying problem. I suppose I am just frustrated that I allowed the doctors(endos in particular) to bully me to the point of giving up. I will keep you posted on how this goes. I'm sure someone has dealt with this. I just don't know who.
(The bunny pic isn't related. I just needed something darn cute to cheer me up...ha)

8 comments:

Samantha said...

You and your family are still on my prayer list. I decided not to get the resection surgery, or be on hormones anymore.. we are going to adopt!!!
I am getting more info. next week.
I just couldn't put myself through all of the emotions of the fertility meds, as well as the disappointments. I was a basketcase!!!

God bless!

cordelia said...

it is a cute pict.
thanks for the thyroid info. my basal temps are really low too, sometimes there's not even a number on the chart to be able to chart it! my big spike is a whopping 97.9.

Val said...

Best of luck with all that - I will pray for you. Thyroid issues run in my family but we are all very borderline. I think that, if possible and it works, a dietary solution can be far preferable (and often, far less expensive) than pills. Best wishes!

allyouwhohope said...

Have you heard about the Pope Paul VI Inst.'s thyroid study? Dr. Hilgers believes there is such a thing as thyroid dysfunction that doesn't show up on blood tests, but is detected by low bbt, and other symptoms, such as fatigue (and a ton of other symptoms as well). For the study, you have to take T3 twice a day. They start you at a low level, and work your way up over several weeks/months. If you're interested, I wonder if you can just call his office and inquire about it. Last I knew, they seemed to be looking for patients to do it so maybe you wouldn't have to be a full-fledged patient of theirs to be part of it. Just a thought! Let me know if you ever want more info :)

a thorn in the pew said...

Thank you for the info. I was getting my charts and stickers through the PPVI for a few years. I may call this week. At age 40, I don't want to give up hope. I keep reminding myself that I was preg a year ago. Now, its's my health too. I'm tired of feeling cruddy all the time. Thank you again.

FloridaWife said...

I so hope that this infertility madness will be over soon.

I'd love to see a widget on your blog.

andnotbysight said...

Allyouwhohope beat me to it! :) I'm not part of the study, but my local doctor (who is a NaPro doctor) started me on T3 pretty early in my treatment, and he and Dr. Hilgers are monitoring my thyroid levels. I didn't have really obvious symptoms, but there was room for improvement in my thyroid levels. I know you've already worked with PPVI, so that may be easier, but I read on catholicinfertility.com about the NaPro doctor in Cincinnati that they worked with, and he might be a good contact for you, too (if you don't already have that info!): http://www.catholicinfertility.org/resources.html#drmattingly

andnotbysight said...

Oh, darn. I meant catholicinfertility.org, of course!