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Never Say Never


Friday, March 01, 2013

Funny thing. I determined that 2013 was THE year I was going to GET IT TOGETHER and GET HEALTHY!

What's funny you say? Be patient, this could take a bit. emoticon

I went to my GP at the end of last year to have my thyroid levels checked. I had been on 90 mcg for quite a while but still symptomatic.

Using just the TSH, mind you (you Hashi's out there know what I'm sayin') the doc boosted me up to 120. I felt much better in just a couple weeks time. Great!

Then came the 6 week follow-up.

Ugh. My TSH was "too low", so on that note she dropped me back down to 90 mcg.

Anyone see a problem here?

Yeah. Me too.

That's why I went to an endocrinologist (NP , not an MD).

She told me that TSH was not a good indicator when someone is on Armour Thyroid - which I am - and ran Free T3 and T4.

Now, I'm up to 150 mcg and feeling much better. Not perfect, but much, much better.

Long story short, at the same time my endo ran the thyroid labs, I asked her to check for a gluten allergy.

She, unfortunately, only ran 1 test, which came back negative. Common, I've been told.

Now to the "funny" part.

At the beginning of the year, I developed a rash that has lasted for 2 months. I was thinking it might be Dermatitis Herpetiformis, but it could also be eczema too.

I've been hoping it will go away, but no such luck. I've just started using hydrocortisone and am hoping it will take care of the issue and using Nivea for my extremely dry skin.

Anyway, I'll be seeing the doc at the end of this month and maybe she will know what I can do about this rash. I really don't want to see a dermatologist unless I have to. Enough with doctors!

As for my weight?

I NEED accountability. I CANNOT do this on my own.

That's why I'm eating "McDougall style" (a/k/a low fat vegan) and tracking via weight watchers points plus.

I'm not giving up and I'm glad to see so many of my sparkfriends still plugging away.

I'm making an effort to blog every day. Hoping it will help!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FLAMENM 3/2/2013 12:13AM

    Trial and error, but eventually it will all work out. I hope.
But I hear you on too many doctors. I see an NP. She's not an endo, but she works with me on my hypothyoid. I really don't need more doctors...

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ELSCO55 3/1/2013 10:30PM

    Hope the Doc gets rid of the rash. Keep up your journaling.

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WISHFULDREAMING 3/1/2013 11:59AM

    Keeping a journal or blog is a great way to process your thoughts... your progress and struggles and can lead to some great ah ha moments. Community feed back and encouragement is also a bonus. emoticon emoticon

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