We searched the list of doctors provided on the thyroid-info web site and found one in our area. The description sounded like he would be one that would be open to different treatments and would also treat the whole body, not just one set of symptoms.
We called and scheduled an appointment one month later, July, 2002. He was not on our insurance. We would have to pay cash to get in to see him.
He did a check of all my vital signs. My blood pressure was 118/82, pulse 80. I was upset and nervous about seeing a new doctor and finding out more about my diagnosis. I was overweight, 156 pounds, still hanging on to pregnancy pounds. We looked over the journal that I had been keeping. He made recommendations for how to change my diet and start eating better. He also ordered some blood work and he ordered an ultrasound of my thyroid. We documented all of my current symptoms so that we could keep check on how they improved.
I started trying to eat better, more whole foods and less processed foods. I paid attention to the calories that I was getting from what I was drinking as well. I started taking a good multi-vitamin. It contained iodine, which I read would help support my thyroid. It also contained L-Tyrosine, which is also supposed to help support a healthy thyroid. I started some liquid Kelp also, hoping that it would help.
A week later, I received the results from the thyroid ultrasound. There were no nodules, no goiter, and no noted enlargement of the thyroid. All of that was good!
Here are the results from the blood work:
TSH: 81.16 This was even higher than the labs just a month ago!
Free T4: Below the normal range
Free T3: Below the normal range
Total cholesterol: 277 Normal: Below 200
LDL: Above the normal range
HDL: Within the normal range
Thyroid Antibodies were high. He said pregnancy could have triggered that and that it might return resolve in 6-9 months
Tests for diabetes: all showed normal
At this point, I did not start on any medication. I worked on my diet and taking supplements. By June of 2003, 11 months later, my TSH was 6.31 and I had lost down to 139 pounds. I was eating better and felt better, although my TSH was still above the normal range, indicating that my thyroid still was not functioning well.
This is when I found out that I was pregnant. The OB/GYN felt strongly that I should start taking some thyroid hormone for the sake of the baby and pregnancy. I started taking Armour thyroid hormone.
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Disclaimer: This information is based solely on my own personal experience. Please use the information here as such. It is not intended to be medical advice. I am not a doctor. Please use the information as something to consider and discuss with your own personal physician.