Saturday, September 13, 2008

Crazy. Seriously.

It has been an eventful week. I finally went to see my general practitioner about my health "stuff". Did not go well. I think I was being very optimistic. He thinks I am off base taking dessicated thyroid and adrenal. Whatever. I've don't too much research to chuck it all. It is providing me with some feelings of normalcy. He ordered MORE LABS....11 vials worth which all came back fine. I was tested for anti-coagulant. Then referred to get a saliva test. I give up on traditional medicine. I tried to go the AMA way and I left disenchanted. Next stop, I am making an appointment with an alternative/homeopathic doctor. I'm fed up with the regular doctors/ If they can't solve it getting a kickback from big pharm, they send you off empty handed. So, after two endocrinologists, a GP and a whole lot of wasted lab work(also expensive and many not covered by insurance), I am off to see someone who will diagnose me by the overwhelming symptoms and not some faulty lab work.
I am fairly convinced, based on all the symptoms, my temperatures(basal and afternoon), skin, hair, weight(inability to lose) and fatigue, that I have a combination of hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. I also believe I may have even stopped ovulating(which scares and concerns me). I cannot be healthy without a functioning thyroid and adrenal gland. As a result of this(and yes, I am waiting to officially see what the doc says), I have to watch my stress levels, my diet, activity level, sleep and I need to learn to say NO. As a Catholic, I want everyone to be happy, content, fed, clean and entertained. I just come last(if at all). If I am ever going to be able to continue doing all that for everyone, I need to start taking better care of myself. My business has went nuts with a ton of orders in the last week. I enlisted the help of my seamstress and didn't think twice about it(Thank you God, for her). I may need to make a schedule with down time worked in. I am a workaholic and I know I need to change. I feel guilty sleeping, resting and taking "me" time. For my health and sanity I need to do this.
Oh, and to top it off, on the way home from the doctor's(who was not nice), I'm driving down the street and see a mom about 8-9 months pregnant smoking a cigarette. Nice. Have mercy on that very idiotic and selfish woman, Lord. Her and the people who stayed behind during the hurricane for reasons I will never know.
One other thing, here is a checklist of symptoms and issues for diagnosis on adrenal, thyroid and combo. I found it interesting:
Signs and Symptoms: Adrenal Fatigue vs. Low Thyroid Function


Lily said...

Prayers for you! God bless

allyouwhohope said...

Thanks for linking to that! I'd never heard of adrenal problems until lately, and so of course now I'm wondering if that is a problem for me too. I went through that check list (for the adrenal side) and nothing described me until about half way through, then everything did! I was just thinking, gosh, I'm on a low-carb low-sugar diet, I'm on thyroid meds, I'm on metformin (which can make you feel more "normal") and I'm still exhausted and feel anything but "normal". Guess I'll have to ask my dr. about this at my next appt.

I hope you soon have better luck with your doctors. That is so frustrating!

a thorn in the pew said...

I will keep you posted after I go to this new doctor. I'm trying to be peaceful right now(against my usual anxiety). We will see how it goes.

freebigb said...

I know it can be so frustrating finding a doctor that will treat thyroid and adrenal issues correctly. Or even being treated seriously on your condition.

You basically have to learn everything on your own, and self treat half the time, which isn't always a good idea.

Don't give up!

FloridaWife said...

Sorry I haven't been by in a while, but I haven't forgotten you. It's nice to see your update and that your business is doing well!! THAT is great news. God bless you. I'll be praying for you.