I keep catching glimpses of myself in the mirror and realizing how nice everything's looking finally. The bloating being almost gone, almost all the time, is AMAZING! It's not even that bad after my huge breakfasts.
Hashimoto's seems almost certain now, given the roller coastering LDL & TSH, the extreme gluten intolerance, and the need for so much NDT (natural desiccated thyroid).
It seems pituitary function may be poor b/c my TSH doesn't match my free T3 levels at all, and its insanely low level (.03!!). But at the same time, I tried the circadian T3 protocol to help my adrenal function, which isn't supposed to work if you're hypopit, so I hope it's not!! Today is the first day of it. It's just taking some of your thyroid two hours before waking up, to support the adrenals in getting cortisol going for the day. Boy, do I need that. I've been miserable in the mornings for as long as can remember.
Low adrenal function seems almost certain bc of that, sensitivity to strong light changes, less-than-great morning and TERRIBLE noon cortisol, and orthostatic hypotension at times.
I feel like I'm *finally* being able to connect some dots and see a bigger picture here that is connecting all the dots.
Gluten intolerance -> severe fat malabsorption -> nutrient deprivation -> low iron -> can't get thyroid into blood cells -> feel like death.
Or GI -> autoimmune attack on thyroid -> feel like death.
Or GI -> SFM -> nutrient deprivation -> nurslings with very very bad teeth.
Dr. Kruse said Hashi's, potential osteopenia, & perimenopause were seriously indicated by my labs. I'm slow. I understood the Hashi's that day, but I just figured out the other two.
The SFM = losing the nutrients needed for strong bones, especially the K2, and hence, the Calcium. My lowering Ca levels + SFM = ostopenia.
Very low Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, VERY high SHBG = perimenopause. And now my shortening follicular phase (2-3 days short every month now!) is confirming that. Yikes. That should not be here yet.
Plenty of hope, though. I see these things. I know what to do. I have a plan. I have a very loving, supporting father. Let's go!