*Testimonials presented apply only to the individuals depicted, cannot be guaranteed, and should not be considered typical
I had tried everything from logging what I eat to working with personal trainers, but my energy level, aches and pains, joint and hip stiffness and swelling continued to progress. Fatigue became my normal. Coffee seemed to be the only way to fight the brain fog and shear will was all I had to make myself focus on any task. I had about 4 hours of productive energy on a good day. Most the time I did not feel good without being horizontal part of the day if I got up from the couch at all on bad days.
I had tried all the supplements that were suppose to help kickstart my Thyroid and went to see a chiropractor who despite telling him of a family history of Hashimotos Disease and my own Mother's Thyroid cancer did not test me for Hashimotos and just told me to get on Weight Watchers. This after a year of speed walking with a neighbor without losing weight despite watching my diet. This is not to mention my steady decline in energy and inability to build muscle and strength much less endurance. This was a stark contrast to my athletic younger years and a stark decline over the past 6-7 years.
Last August I began to have unexplained debilitating stomach pain that would last for hours. It wasn't my liver or gall bladder. Without explanation from my Doctors and while waiting a long time on my HMO to see a chiropractor, I went on an elimination diet and discovered soy, eggs and wheat were the culprits of the pain and indigestion. By the time I saw my gastroenterologist, I had solved the mystery of the debilitating pain. Not only that, but my rhinitis stopped completely along with the "non-descript" eczema I would randomly get. I did not show as allergic to eggs, soy or gluten (wheat). I, like a growing portion of the population, am intolerant, meaning unable to break down/process these foods. As a result of eating these foods all my life, similar to celiac's, they had taken a toll on my intestinal tracked causing the gut permeability known as "leaky gut", so these food molecules were leaking into my blood stream making me sick and causing rampant inflammation, which most people understand leads to a susceptibility to all sorts of disease even cancer. It also sets the immune system off the charts and after so long, an autoimmune response develops, like Hashimotos.
I will admit being skeptical in the face of the most empathetic Doctor I've ever met. I kept thinking, is he for real? I didn't want to trust something and be let down. Dr. Gorgas is also the most straight forward and no-non-sense Doc I've ever met. He said he had to have my 100% commitment, but I still held out because I didn't want to get my hopes up, but I followed what he said and started to learn my new lifestyle and understand it. He promised my husband that I would be a new woman in 4 1/2 months. I felt really different by the end of the first week, and now at the beginning of the 4th week, I'm already a different person. I wake up feeling rested. I dream. I wake up clear headed. No nausea, no brain fog ready to move. All without tea or coffee. I never for a second thought that would EVER happen.
I was an especially skeptical and uneasy patient when it came to getting adjusted for the first time in my life. I had scoliosis that was corrected with surgery at 17, which meant I had rods and pins along most the length of my spine. My shoulders had become worse and worse and I was living with pain that I had just become accustom to (and lack of movement). My neck was so stiff that I could barely turn it to the right at all. I now have movement in my back and neck. I look forward to my adjustments and the relief, sturdiness and strength they bring to my life. I haven't asked my husband to open anything for me because I can actually do it myself.
I feel like it is possible to be and feel my age. Before I was so dark about my future. I thought if I feel this bad at 38, how will I feel at 58? Worse, would I ever be able to have children and have the physical energy to take care of them? Now I know hope. I'm not in pain or feeling sick constantly. I'm considering what I want to do with all this new energy. I'm looking forward to learning to paddle board and lead a more active lifestyle. The one I want to lead and until now haven't even been able to imagine.
If you're still having low Thyroid symptoms even on Synthroid and despite your tests being "normal", you need to go see Dr. Gorgas. In fact, even if you feel fine on your Synthroid, go see him. This lifestyle is what everyone with low Thyroid needs to experience "quality" of life. I'd rather be swallowing high quality supplements all day long than taking another medication with nasty side effects from my Doctors who just offer little more than a bandaid at best instead of treating the cause of Thyroid disease and autoimmune flare-ups. There is hope, no matter what your age.