I may as well check in also...
It's been a weird week for me. My weigh in yesterday showed the same as it was last week, which was up a couple pounds for period water retention. My period is draaaaaagging on this month - it's been getting longer each month since I stopped my BC at the end of Jan to try and troubleshoot other issues I'm having. Looking forward to getting back on it because a heavy five days with three days of spotting on either end is bullshine.
My appetite's been up and down, but mostly I find I'm just eating when I feel actual hunger and eating until I'm full which sometimes is a lot, sometimes not. Some days I find myself grabbing a snack between meals here and there, some days not.
My energy's been up and down, too...the first three days of my period (actual flow, not just spotting), I swear I was almost dead. Zero energy. No colour in my face, dark undereye circles. And no opportunity to just ride the couch, either, which I know didn't help things. The past few days have been better, though. My sleep is better from the week before last, although I'm still waking up several times a night, but not having any trouble falling back asleep.
My temps cratered again after my period started - it's been 97.3 the last four mornings (left side of my mouth is still lower, every single time).
My digestion has been a total disaster. I haven't had a solid BM in over a week and I'm in there up to half a dozen times a day. The odor is horrifying. I've been gassy and my guts are almost constantly in turmoil, rumbling and gurgling. Not sure what the deal is since my eating hasn't changed much (other than for the better from the first week or two I started on this when I went a little nuts with easter chocolate...but as with Matt Stone's junk protocol, I got it out of my system).
I've noticed a lot more hair loss in the last two weeks (again, seems to cycle with me, happens every few months) and my nails have gone to shit, all having broken off again this week. Biotin supplements haven't helped much in this regard. I did notice the thread someone started yesterday or so about low ferritin levels and hair shedding, and this is probably the case with me - my last bloodwork showed my level was 16 (normal range is 18-200?) so I'm working on bringing that back up again. Oh, the joys of having bisected guts and absorption issues...*sigh*.
I am still thinking more and more that all the issues I've got are thyroid related, regardless of what my docs say my blood test results show (normal across the board). I came across some information today about how hypothyroid issues can cause water retention as a result of metabolism downregulation - and since I've been struggling to find answers to my crazy water retention, this is just another point to my case with my doctors. I have an appointment this Friday with my internal medicine specialist to follow up on all the other tests, etc, he sent me for and if he has no other suggestions or recommendations I'm going to request he send me to an endocrinologist. Failing that, I have located a naturopath near me that specializes in thyroid conditions (even if found her through a rather hokey-sounding, "You have this, let me sell you this to fix it" kind of website) and will go see her. Everything I'm dealing with right now points to thyroid dysfunction and I'm at the point where I'm convinced it's going to take more than diet to fix it.
I'm really happy to hear that things are working out for the rest of you and I have no intention of switching things up right now because I'm feeling good overall. Frustrated at times, but whatever...this too shall pass. I feel like I'm closer to having some answers to issues that have been plaguing me for some time and I'm confident that I'm doing the right thing by giving my body what it needs, even if it doesn't realize it can stop freaking out and packing on the fat because I'll continue to do so, ha.