I have been contemplating this post for a while, but then realized no one will understand better than YOU. So here I am.
I don't want to get into the whole drawn out story, its too long and well I am not emotionally ready...
But I knew something was wrong.
4 years ago I went from 200lbs to 140lbs, a size 14 to a size 4., I ate beyond healthy and small meals, added in exercise here and there to keep me firm. I was able to maintain with a low carb diet and staying active.
Then 3 1/2 years ago, my son's pancreas gave out. His immune system failed him...a week before that my husband got laid off and our whole life was literally in a whirlwind of chaos.
Slowly, I started to feel more and more emotional, drained, exhausted, and started putting on some weight.
I didn't worry about too much..until it became overwhelming.
Labs showed nothing. All normal. Probably just stress they said. But even with low carb and exercise I couldn't lost more than 10lbs.
Well I went to a new kind of doctor...holistic...natural...preventative, he did labs I have never even heard of..saliva, blood, stool. Testing things NO regular doctor will test for.
and what happened?
I have been dxed with the autoimmune disease Hashimotos, Adrenal fatigue, borderline anemia and vit D deficiency.
And guess what? 2 of those cause weight gain AND anxiety! BINGO!!!
He showed me my labs and while things like white blood count, and cholesterol are in the "recommended limits" by a PCP, he feels they are too low, for someone my age.. so we are addressing that as well.
His analogy was
"You are here, there is a brick wall. Most doctors wont address your issues until you hit that wall, I want to prevent it from 3000ft away!"
I will be on thyroid supplements (going natural route for now) for the rest of my life, and other things for a few years until the adrenal, and D situation is under control.
I am allergic to rye, and barley so I will remain gluten free. And I also have NO enzymes to break down fruit, which is why my stomach instantly hurts after just one apple.
Due to some other abnormal intestinal levels and symptoms I am being tests for Crohns as well.
His tests and information were overwhelming but more informative than anything I have ever done, heard or seen. I will be restested monthly sometimes bi weekly to ensure all supplements are working, which another reason I feel so confident in this guy. Not just "heres the meds...ok bye!" like most doctors.
So here I am..
Starting this journey. It wont be easy, I will be going through many changes, physically and emotionally. I have been ordered to SLEEP as that is a major party of adrenal fatigue, so now I have to figure out how. With a type 1 child and a husband who works nights....it ain't an easy fix.
I have been on digestive enzymes for a month and have lost 15 lbs so I truly believe that was one of the problems as well
I am scared beyond words.....
and could use all the prayers and hugs I can get...