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Dr's Appointment and Other Things

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

So at my Dr's appointment yesterday I actually DID still get massaged! WOOHOO! It was pretty neat. due to finding the uterus and whatnot, that massage gets pretty intimate in location, but I felt very comfortable with this doctor - she is great! And the massage was cool - she found my uterus and it was leaning to the left a little so she tried to help line it up, and she said it did feel "ready to bleed" since I mentioned I'm spotting a bit and should be having my cycle start soon.

This Dr suggested we get an ultrasound to check out my ovaries, since that will really help identify if I'm dealing with PCOS or still just hormone imbalance.

Of course I still don't know more about the Hashimoto's treatment protocol, but I did have some direction on some more things to help make my reproductive system happy and regulated. I'm adding another herbal supplement and I'm going to start tracking my temperature to check if I'm ovulating or not during my cycles.

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CECE0330 8/1/2013 12:51PM

    Hola, old pal! I go in bits & pieces on Spark, and have been hanging out in the zumba teams lately, but happened upon your page again and read through some of your recent blogs. I went through unexplained infertility and just wanted to share some things from the other side if you weren't aware of them. I had several PCOS symptoms, though I never was officially diagnosed, and for me, what helped a TON was going gluten free. There are 12-15 women I met through Fertility Friends (i'll get to that site in a minute) 7 years ago when I tried going for baby #2 that I still speak to (we have a private group on FB) and just about ALL of us now have gone gluten free/Paleo to very good results. These are women who had a variety of reproductive issues, including PCOS, and many feel that gluten was inadvertently causing some of the issues.

As for Fertility Friends, I recommend the site to EVERYONE I know who is trying to get pregnant, be it month #1 or #15 of trying. There are many free tools, such as temp charting, ovulation prediction, etc but if you also pay a nominal fee, you get access to the forums. I cannot even tell you how much I learned about my own reproductive system simply by having that resource of other women who are having the exact same medical issues/limitations. I believe 100% that the 2nd time around of getting pregnant was so much easier because o the knowledge I gained (using estrogen cream to lengthen my luteal phase, as I'm a late ovulator.)

Sorry to blab on for so long, or if this was getting too personal, or presumptive. As I mentioned, I recommend that site to everyone I know, because once you do get pregnant, you switch over to the pregnancy side and are in contact with women in the same pregnancy phase as you, which was also sooooo comforting. GL!

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SEEHOLZ 7/27/2013 1:57PM

    It sounds like you are doing what you can and you are on your way! Keeping my fingers crossed for you :-)

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FITGIRL15 7/18/2013 6:11PM

    Wow! This procedure sounds very intense! But your doctor sounds really great! I hope she can help you through this issue!!!

Good Luck, Lady!!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/17/2013 9:58AM

    Dana, glad to hear things are looking up medically! Fingers crossed that your thyroid issue resolves soon!

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KENSINGTONC 7/17/2013 8:37AM

    I'm glad to hear you've found someone you trust! Sounds like you and she are on the right track. I also highly recommend the cheap-o ovulation sticks that you can order in bulk from Amazon - at first can be kind of challenging to interpret, but I found it easier than temp-tracking and kind of fun too. :-)

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Trying to get HEALTHY!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Long time no post, again.

Well I mentioned at some point that I was heading to the Naturopath, right? Well... I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid disease, as well as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

I'm still waiting on a treatment protocol for both things, because we're waiting on some last blood results on the Hashimoto's to find out my food allergen blood testing, to identify triggers. It is very likely I may be going gluten free from what I understand reading around online about the stuff.

My TSH level was in the normal range at the time of that initial blood draw, but my antibodies were very high - normal range is up to 60, mine were 1260. Those are antibodies that are attacking my thyroid!

As for the PCOS, further blood tests show that while I have some of the symptoms that put me under the blanket of PCOS, I don't have some of the issues that come with the worst cases. My insulin is fine, my sex hormone binding globulin or whatever it is is ok, my cholesterol results all came back very good... what I'm dealing with are - irregular cycles and high testosterone.

I actually have Dr's appointment today - I was supposed to be getting Maya Abdominal Therapy, but it looks like my cycle will be on time this time around so they don't do that when you're on it - but they wanted me to still come in and get some treatment protocol for the PCOS.

My doctor told me that the results for the food allergen testing should be in by the end of this week - I'm very anxious for that because the Hashimoto's is what I'm most interested at this point in a treatment protocol for. I've already been taking an herbal supplement that is supposed to help regulate my cycle, and my last cycle was 28 days exactly, and this one appears to be almost exactly the same as well, I'm wondering if the things I've been doing are helping? We'll see what other things are suggested.

P.S. - as for my heel, it's still a problem, but I'm still going to PT and I found a place to do aquajogging and bought myself a belt for $10 at a cheapie store in the area! I was shocked to see them there, but it works like a charm! :D YAY! I got an XRay to see if there was evidence of a fracture (because it had been long enough since the onset of pain that it should show some healing at least, and I wanted to make sure I wasn't chasing the wrong treatment path) and there was no evidence, but that darn heel spur.

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_RAMONA 7/22/2013 11:20PM

    Awww... Dana, I'm sorry you're dealing with health concerns!

If you're interested, check out this thread... there may bea lot of useful information there for you (sorry I can't make it clickable):


{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
(and prayers)

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/16/2013 3:06PM

    Hi Dana, I had to deal with some very similar issues with my fertility specialist...these are things that are easily treated with good results, so stay positive! :)

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MBSHAZZER 7/16/2013 9:51AM

    Ugh, Dana, sorry you are having medical issues, but it sounds like you are on top of things. Always good to feel like you are in control of what's happening. Best of luck with everything!

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Virtual Race Event!

Monday, June 10, 2013

So I had a big weekend, travelling, concerts, the whole nine yards.

First was the Dealer.com YO! DDC Raps Party. Yeah, my husband's work has huge elaborate theme parties for it's employees. We missed the best acts, but I still had fun.

The next morning, I ran a 10K. It was fun - no PR, but a good hard effort for me.

And then we went to NH to go to a show of Old Crow Medicine Show and the Avett Brothers - which was sooooo awesome.

That's all of them together - they did a super epic encore at the end with everyone. :) It was great!

Then back home for a brass band concert - no big pictures for that, but it went well. I had a solo in the James Bond Medley. :)

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2013 12:47AM

    I have been absent but I am back! Great to see everyone again

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STRIVERONE 6/10/2013 7:40PM

    I like that. Heading over to take a look.

Comment edited on: 6/10/2013 8:18:58 PM

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Another Long Time Update

Thursday, June 06, 2013

So I've been tracking my food pretty consistently lately. My weight isn't exactly dropping, but I haven't gained since the initial jump after going off BC still.

My gym going has become quite regular, my running is a little less. Still dealing with some heel pain. I've been going to a PT now, yesterday was the second time. I've been getting some graston done and I have exercises to do with my foot to try to make it stronger and stuff. But they're talking about doing some iontophoresis maybe to try to break up my heel spur.

So anyway, I haven't been running as much, but I did run in the marathon relay here a couple weeks back and I've been super busy with music stuff, too.

I am running a 10K on Saturday morning, a little nervous about how that is going to go, but then I have no races on the schedule again until a couple of half marathons in September and I think that's a good plan. So I can get fitter.

I'm also seeing a Naturopath that specializes in Women's Health next week to try to get a handle on the hormonal issues. So I'm pumped about that.

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GORIANA 6/7/2013 12:00AM

    Good luck.

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SEEHOLZ 6/6/2013 1:15PM

    It sounds like you found some good people who'll help fix you up! That's HUGE!!!!

I remember when I gained weight because of all that hormonal imbalance-UGGHHH!!! I still have not taken it all off, but that's because I don't try hard enough and I'm okay with it for now. These last 10 lbs.... we all know about those-LOL and all the mental and physical "gymnastics" associated with those.

As for running... it sounds like you still can run regularily, so you are maintaining a base to build onto--- that's HUGE!

You sound in a good place- I like it!

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MBSHAZZER 6/6/2013 11:59AM

    Glad to hear all is well, Dana. Enjoy the 10k!

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FITGIRL15 6/6/2013 11:52AM

    Good for you, Dana!

Maybe you need to take a break from running for a while, so the foot can get a rest and heal. (I know, I know.... Easier said then done!!!! But there are so many other ways to get your fitness on that are less damaging on the body! ... I'm a non-runner, how can you tell?)

Let us know what the Naturopath tells you! Sounds like it will be an interesting session!

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Too long, no post!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thanks, sparkfriends, for commenting and getting me to blog again. :)

Things have been going pretty good. I've been tracking, I've been hitting my gym classes.

And.... I ran that half marathon last weekend!

It went much better than I could've expected - apparently experience can pay off for some things when training isn't as good as it should be. I ran 2:28:50 garmin time, 2:29:10 gun time (no chip timing) so another sub 2:30 marathon and only less than 2 min off my PR and all my fastest times from last year. I'm super thrilled honestly, considering the lead up to the race and the fact that I'm heavier than all of those races.


So I just need to get really fit and run another one so I can finally get a PR!

Today's class is CXWorx - really love that class.

I found out that BodyPump is actually on THURSDAY not WEDNESDAY but I WENT on the week I posted that schedule on Wednesday anyway, there wasn't a class I felt good about, so I went home, and I still went to BodyPump the next day!

I didn't go last week because although I figured I wouldn't PR my race (came pretty close!) I wanted to try my best, and didn't want to risk being too sore.

So now I have big races behind me, I have a race in late May, but it's a marathon relay so only 6.3 miles for my leg - I don't have to worry about running so much, and can really embrace my tactics. I already had, but I worried about the half marathon. Now I can do it with no worries.

I'm still not pregnant, but my period is becoming regular so that is REALLY good news. Hopefully soon my skin can kinda get under control. It doesn't look SO bad, but I'm not used to it having ANYTHING going on so it's very annoying to me.

I think that covers everything. I'll probably try weighing in again a week on the other side of my period.

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SEEHOLZ 4/15/2013 4:39PM

    Nice job Dana! and yeah for starting to feel "regular" too- that's huge!

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MBSHAZZER 4/15/2013 12:29PM

    Congrats on a great HM!!! WTG!

Also, good news that you are so regular. It took me a few years to get regular after going off BC (NBD as I wasn't trying to get pregnant).

Don't be a stranger!

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FITGIRL15 4/15/2013 8:43AM

    When I stopped my BC pills in attempt to get pregnant, my skin also went haywire! Hormones are such a huge factor to clear skin (see Teenagers! LOL)
I hope all clears up soon and that your period being regular is a very good sign!!!

HUGS to you!!!

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