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Need a place to vent

Discussion in 'My Optimal Journal' started by Sem, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Sem

    Sem New Member

    So I've been working really hard on my health this year and feel like I'm getting nowhere. I lost about 25 pounds with hcg earlier in the year. Have kept it off. Have cut out sugar, grains, most dairy, doing Leptin Rx. Working in Ct but it is hard!

    I was on the Nuvaring and went off of it to try to get a good hormone picture. Got TOM once and haven't since. Doc gave me progesterone to bring it on but so far no luck. Some initial labs showed positive ANA, thyroid in the low end of the range, high cholesterol. Will be going back soon to run more labs but was hoping for period first.

    Anyways, I am waking up everyday feeling worse. I have joint pain that been getting worse and am losing hair. Feeling super despondent about t all. I have had really awful luck with doctors in the past and I am so scared that they are going to put me on drugs that will just make me worse. I already got a prescription for statins that I trashed.

    I just thought that, after all this work, I would be doing better but I'm not. I am not sure who to turn to or where to go for help. I'm only 42 and I have two little boys. I don't want to wake up everyday exhausted, in pain and sad.
  2. ealachan

    ealachan New Member

    I'm sorry you're feeling so rough...*hugs*

    If your doctor is not treating your pretty obvious thyroid issues, is it maybe time for a new doc? Or are you able to ask for a referral to a specialist, possibly? You shouldn't have to live life feeling this way.
  3. Destiny

    Destiny New Member

    Hi Sem! You are right, it should not be that difficult to find a good doctor but it is. We take care of our families, work and then try to learn so we could improve our health. Don't give up, be a pest if needs to be! I am sure most of the doctors thought of me that I was a crazy lady that was asking for all kinds of labs and wanted copies too!! It took me seeing 3 doctors (some multiple times) to get the labs I needed (a sort of). You need to look for another doctor.
  4. vkiernan

    vkiernan Silver

    Sem, Sounds like you need more testing and new doc. Good things will happen but you gotta know what to work on or you are flying blind. You may have to pay out of pocket but in the end it will be worth it. You don't have to take the drugs they put you on. It is always in your hand. If you can't find a good doc, keep looking. A lot of us are going on 3 or more in 1 year.
  5. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

    attittude........it is critical.
  6. colleencoble

    colleencoble New Member

    Are you on thyroid, Sem? It definitely sounds like you should be.
  7. Sem

    Sem New Member

    No, not yet. I still have to sort all that out. I know the people I have now will just put me on synthroid. I'm gathering that's not necessarily the best option? I have been so messed up by bad meds that, frankly, I'd rather go without than go take the chance. I'm proceeding with caution.
  8. Lyndra

    Lyndra Gold

    You've made great progress over the last year - cutting grains & sugars is a huge step forward. Testing is key to knowing where you are and what you need to do. Keep looking for that great doc. I've found a couple who are adequate and are helping me but I'm still looking for the one to get me to optimal. You can do it!
  9. janagram

    janagram New Member

    I suggest finding an "alternative" style doc who will give you small dose of thyroid med...(or if your regular doc will). It's supposed to straighten out a lot.
  10. DarleenMB

    DarleenMB Silver

    they can only do that with your permission. Tell them NO synthroid. If you need to go on thyroid meds tell them you will on take the real thing. Remember your doc is not the 'boss' of you. You are PAYING HIM/HER to be your partner in your health care. You have the right to make your voice heard.

    Took me a very long time to learn that. And a lot of lost body parts.
  11. CarolMorris

    CarolMorris New Member

    I'm so sorry for your pain, it can be so frustrating. I've been fighting Docs for many years now and it is not easy. So many answers here in this forum, very giving people. If you don't have a science or medical background it can be overwhelming at times. I believe one of the secrets of success in life is persistence..just don't give up!!

    I wish I had answers for you. One thought I had, if you don't mind posting what area of the country you are in, someone may know good Docs in your area. Hang in there, I second Dr. K....attitude is key.
  12. colleencoble

    colleencoble New Member

    Darlene is very right. Just go in with a smile and tell the doc firmly that you want Armour, or at the very least T3 added to a dose of synthroid. But you really should get your reverse T3 checked first since you should be on straight T3 if that's out of whack. Your cholesterol will come down, you will feel great. Depression is often caused by low thyroid too. Fixing that fixes a lot of things.
  13. KiwiLauren

    KiwiLauren Gold

    Sem, I'm really sorry this is bringing you down. I agree with others that your medical support isn't good and you need good support. This is obvious, but in case you haven't... maybe a consult with Dr K? Since you've got labs, he can be really helpful in pointing you in the right direction, both in terms of what you need from a doc and what you can get doing asap yourself. I totally know the angst of trying to find a doc who gets it (there are a total of 2 functional medicine docs in this country!) but I found the consult so empowering... I am full steam ahead on getting my questions answered and finding someone who can support me in the right way (even if I have to help shape that!). My children are a main reason I choose to fight hard instead of giving up! Hang in there.
  14. Sem

    Sem New Member

    Yes, I did do a brief consult with him and he told me some additional labs to take. Once I do that, I'll schedule a follow up.
  15. Sem

    Sem New Member

    Thank you. And it's because Synthroid only works for T4?
  16. Sem

    Sem New Member

    I am in Los Angeles. You would think it would be easier here!
  17. Destiny

    Destiny New Member

    You are right with Synthroid. I got a prescription even before my labs came back! My ratio is 8.6 so I definitely do not need Synthroid. I'll see how difficult it will be to get T3. You are wise to proceed with caution!
  18. KiwiLauren

    KiwiLauren Gold

    If you get Suzanne Somer's book KnockOut, she lists all the docs she knows of who are on track with this stuff in the back of the book... should be plenty to choose from in LA! Good luck!!
  19. Sem

    Sem New Member

    I actually did that once. I went to a woman from that book who put me on Estrogen without progesterone without running labs. Seriously. This is not my only ridiculous doctor story. And it is why I am so skittish. I want to feel better and I know I need hormones but I'm pretty sure the wrong Rx could make me feel worse and even be dangerous. I will take another look at her book, though, and see if I can research some of the other recommendations.
  20. KiwiLauren

    KiwiLauren Gold

    Good grief, how awful! I've been vetting docs over the phone... going over some of the questions Dr K outlined in his BHRT webinar and refusing to make an appointment until I hear that the doc is in line with what I'm wanting. (Of course, this has meant finding almost no one who is even in the ballpark, but I agree that we need a good doc and the right Rx!!!) Good luck, Sem. Hang in there.

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