Diet: (noun)

A way of living, or thinking, a day's journey.

Friday, April 23, 2010

So Guess What?

I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.

For the past 2 months, I have been noticing some changes with myself. I can't seem to wake up at my normal morning wake up time (4:30-5am). Hell, I can't even wake up at 6am or 7am... I have a hard time getting up at 8am but I force myself to do so! Crazy right!
Other than my excessive sleep patterns (in which I have been diagnosing myself with laziness!) ;) I have also been noticing weight gain. Now mind you, I am extremely active, I eat a clean vegan diet and I am gaining weight! For the past year, I have not been able to get my weight under 150 Pounds to save my life... It's been a battle, it's been frustrating and it's wearing on me.
So while training for my first Figure Show and not losing a single pound or dropping any body fat with all the extreme dieting, my personal trainer at the time quit on me... and I quit on him.
It was mind boggling.
Since then I have been eating clean. I eat 100% Vegan and include a lot of Raw goodness in my diet. I consider my diet to be very healthy and SUPERHERO-Like ;)
I've been told by many close friends that I should go get my thyroid checked. I put the idea to the side and still tried to do things "my way." I put myself on 100% Raw Food cycles of 3-7 days at a time, continued to exercise... was continually dropping energy and still gaining weight. I sought out advice from a close friend and mentor to me and she advised me to get my damn thyroid CHECKED!!! Lol...
Ughh ok!!! I'll get it checked!!
A month went by and I finally went to a Dr. that another friend strongly recommended.
I was sent to get my blood work done... which let me tell you, I HATE BLOOD WORK!!!!!! I use to pass out EVERY time I gave blood, now I just cry, breath deep, turn pale and pasty looking but stay awake to feel EVERYTHING and experience it all!! What the hell happened?!?!? Why can't I just PASS OUT anymore and get out of the situation!!! LOL!! But I know, this is a step forward, I'm getting better... I guess... ;)
I had SIX vials of blood taken from me. I was a mess!
So anyway, the tests came back the following day and during my Dr. visit I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and low DHEA (sub optimal DHEA levels). Everything else; cholesterol, cortisol, cardiac risk ratio, triglycerides, and my blood sugar levels were all really good.
So my treatments: DHEA hormone cream x 45 days then re-test levels and 1gm Nature-Throid tablet a day for 8 weeks then re-test.
My TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone/High) is at 4.69. Normal levels should be between 0.35-2.1 So you see how far I am off the chart. In my tablets, I am getting one part fT4 to two parts fT3.
It's all a little crazy, but this a step forward in the right direction. I don't like the idea of taking the prescription because I don't take medicine for anything! If I have a headache (which I've had a lot lately) I just let it do its thing, I never reach for Tylenol. I believe food and our diet will fix our bodies... this thyroid has just got me so stumbled that I don't know what to do but try the prescription and go from there.
I was reading that taking the Hypothyroid medication is LIFE LONG... But I couldn't possibly take this for the rest of my life... there has to be another answer.

On top of me finding out I have this thyroid issue, the Dr. also gave me a B12 shot and I am on B12 sublingual drops. I'm on added Calcium and have cut all gluten out of my diet. My Dr. assumes I may have a gluten sensitivity, so we'll see.

So that's about it, that sums up my week for you! Ha ha ... It has been a busy week and extremely tiring. Today is day 2 on my Nature-Throid... so we'll see how this goes. Today I weighed in at 159 :( Yikes!! But it's ok!! It's OK!!!


lolmos said...

Oh girl, I love you so much and hate to see you having problems of any kind but especially when it makes you feel horrible and have to take meds which you hate!! I pray that you can get this thing whipped and not have to take meds for life. :))

Malynda Twitchell said...

Thank you so much Lara!! I will definitely kick this diagnostics in the ass!!! ;) I will not be taking meds for life.. there are natural cures for this out there... i just have to do my research! Thanks for all your love and support!!

Melissa said...

Hey girlie I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism at one point as well. B12 supplements were also something I did by taking shots, and let me tell you, they were life changing for me! I want you to know I'm here for you if you need me. :O)

Love ya

Anonymous said...

Lovely! You are one of the MOST driven people I know! You WILL kick this in the arse!! there ARE alternative (did you see my IM?...I know you will research! Love you love you bunches! xoxoxoxo (I will be making my own appt for a checkup)


Malynda Twitchell said...

Aw thanks babe!! I'm hoping the B12 injections and drops kick in real SOON!!
I love you Mel!!!!
Thanks for everything!!