I never heard of "Reverse T3" before I began reading the Leptin blogs July 10.
However, as a child of 8, before all the wonderful lab testing that all modern doctors are addicted to, my family doc put me on my first diet along with 1 grain of dessicated thyroid. This was based upon my symptoms of puffiness, chronic constipation, lethargy, poor skin and hair texture, always being cold, and my cranky attitude. As a child doesn't like to think they have to take anything every day for life (as my doctor told me) I sometimes skipped taking it. When just a few day went by and I'd not taken it, my mother would confront me on the issue, saying she KNEW I hadn't taken it because, "When on thyroid, you are active, outgoing, pleasant to be around and appear happy. When off thyroid, you are cranky and withdraw to your room, not wanting to go out and play with your friends!" She busted me every time! I learned that I am, indeed, a happier person while taking my thyroid.
I had a yearly physical and the prescription never changed. I took it for 20 years before my family doc died and the new doctors would NOT prescribe what I needed because my TSH always tested "normal." At the time I could not get my next prescription I was a healthy and active young woman. I worked a successful full time job six days a week in sales, I taught adult education two nights a week, I waitressed or hostessed in a restaurant Sundays, I worked out at a gym 1 night a week, maintained my own yard care installing new landscaping for my new home, and had an active social life!
I spent hundreds of dollars in search of a doctor who would prescribe what had worked so well for me for 20 years, to no avail. Within 3 years of not being able to get thyroid, I was studying accounting in hopes of being better able to avoid people. I was becoming more and more lethargic, and my muscles no longer begged to be exercised as they had when I took my thyroid. I was getting fat and extremely depressed. I could no longer handle the ups and downs of daily living and was an emotional basket case. I'd had several severe personal losses while taking thyroid, but was able to handle them! Had a great "I can do ANYTHING!" spirit! No more! I was even suicidal at one point. Still, I could get no thyroid prescribed. I could get all the anti-depressants and pain killers and pep talks about how I just need to push myself harder, but could get no thyroid.
Fast forward to my 60's and I was 376 lb and a real mess! Still, no thyroid, but I could increase my prozac if I wanted! My bad cholesterol was falling due to taking fish oil, but so was the good cholesterol falling and my doctor was "concerned" but still no thyroid prescription. I was in excruciating pain and basically, just waiting around for the bad scenario to completely take my life ... was already pitying the crew that would have to carry my heavy dead body out of my house. The only thing I knew to do was go on several 1-2 week starvation diets to try to get some weight off before that happened. I'd tried EVERYTHING else under the sun ... whatever weight I'd lose, IF I lost, came right back and brought a couple friends.
In March of this year I decided to take control of my own health, thanks to the wisdom of friends on the HCG diet info forum (oh! I'd lost 54 lb on "woo woo" homeopathic HCG since October 30, 2010! But was still pretty lethargic and had few interests outside of getting my weight off.) I read how others were taking control at Stop the Thyroid Madness, and at Dr. Lowe's web site I learned how to know what I'm talking about with my own thyroid issues and how to gauge my own progress. I became bold with the knowledge and understanding ... bold enough to KNOW that most doctors just don't "get" thyroid, and I got myself on thyroid again! By the end of April I was volunteering with the local Literacy Council to teach English as a Second Language. Every week I emerge a little more from my shell. My muscles began asking to be moved more and stretched more. I picked up my Resistance Bands again.
In July I found the Leptin Reset (again thanks to the good folks on the HCG forum who offer their own findings on optimal health) and began the reset on July 11, 2011.
With what I've learned from Dr. Kruse, I believe Leptin Resistance quite likely began before my thyroid issues. HOWEVER, since Leptin was not discovered until 1994, there could have been no way to "resolve my thyroid issues" without THRYOID. It worked for me and is continuing to work as I make adjustments and add selenium and iodine and tweak for the cortisol issues that manifested in the reset as my circadian rhythm began working as it should (not quite there yet). I have MANY issues I'm working on, thanks to YEARS of not being able to get my thyroid meds or find doctors who gave a crap about any underlying possible causes of what they SAW (a fat, lazy woman)!
Dr. Kurse, I thank you SO much for really CARING about people and offering so much good information. I am a fanatical advocate of your instruction on all health issues, and do hope we have found that "magic health potion" in becoming Leptin Sensitive. However, "piss in the wind" I will continue to do as I take my Armor thyroid daily, thank you.