This is the story of how my healing journey started. I was 24 years old. Armed with information that I needed to act on.
Before I finish Part Three, I just want to tell you give you some insight to my current situation. I went to a new naturopathic doctor yesterday and she says everything as it is, no BS, no cutting around the bush. She is tough, but in a loving way. People go to her if they are serious about healing and getting to the ACTUAL root of their issues. When you meet her, you can immediately tell she loves what she does.
This is what I was told by her during our first session:
“YOU are your best doctor.”
Okay, the fact that a practitioner would say that is 100% what I am about now. Putting the power into the patient’s hands and acting as a partnership. Incorporating methods that will actually work for ME as an individual. THANK YOU. What a breath of fresh air…
Okay now back to 2015 we go….
Picking up from the end of my last two posts (read Part One and Two on my blog if you haven’t), I asked the P.A. to walk me through my thyroid panel. While we were going through it, he said-
“Wow, your TSH is WAY out of range.” Yep, your levels are definitely not right here…”
So… if I hadn’t trusted my gut and asked for a second opinion on my lab tests, I may have never gotten the diagnosis……
He then told me what I (intuitively) already knew. I have hypothyroidism, or as was explained to me, a sluggish thyroid.
He said he will prescribe a thyroid replacement hormone (levothyroxine), which I was to take first thing in the AM, away from any food or drink besides water.
The P.A. said to come back in a month after a follow up thyroid panel to see if the medication dosage needed to be adjusted.
As I was leaving, I was thinking in my head-“okay, that sounds decent…and manageable. The medication will fix this and I will feel much better.”
To be honest, I do not remember much of the month in between doctor visits. But I do remember the followup visit vividly…
A month went by, I came back into the doctor’s office with my 2nd lab tests ready to be discussed. The P.A. from before was not working that day, so I was seen by a different P.A..
We did all the typical check-in procedures (weight, BP, etc.) and then started to discuss how I had been feeling since starting the levothyroxine medication. I told her nothing really changed. I still was tired and I didn’t notice a difference in energy. I was not experiencing heart palpitations or the other symptoms of too much thyroid hormone- hyperthyroidism so she said that the next step would be to increase the dosage a little more and then have me come back in 3 months for another follow up and lab work. Then she said she will send over the RX request to my pharmacy to fill my new dosage of Levothyroxine.
And that was it. We said our brief goodbyes at the check out area and I was about to start to walk out of the office when the P.A. said to me, with a concerned look on her face-
“Maybe you’ll feel better in a year or so…”
Don’t get me wrong, even though her last call out to me were the exact words that I needed to hear to never step foot into that doctor’s office again, she meant well. It was not her fault at all, but this is what kickstarted my exploration into alternative medicine and my holistic healing journey.
Oct. 2015 was when I found out first hand what hypothyroidism was…because I had it. It was also the time when I knew I needed to look outside of conventional medicine. I did not want to MAYBE feel better. I wanted to feel better. I needed to feel better for the love of all things. I WAS going to feel better.
SO began my journey with Alternative/Eastern medicine. A journey I am still on today!
If you have a similar story or have hypothyroidism, how are you feeling after being diagnosed? What methods and treatments have you had or do you do? I would love to know! Send me an email or comment here and let’s connect!
⫸I have 3.5 years of alternative medicine methods trials and errors. In the next couple months, my goal is to get them all out here for you to see what DID and DID NOT work for me. I also want to share what I am currently doing in June of 2019 and how my overall feeling of wellness is at (+ my current thyroid hormone stats).
⫸It has been a long journey and like I said it is still going. In actuality, wellness + healing is a lifelong journey, my friend, so let’s make the best of it.
⫸And always remember: trust your gut. YOU are your best doctor.