Monday, July 20, 2015

This does not inspire confidence


I saw my endocrinologist today. The good news: My thyroid nodules have shrunk. The bad news: Looks like the right side of my thyroid has completely crapped out.

I asked if there was away to change up my meds because I am training hard, 8-10 hours per week, and still seeing no weight loss. My food isn't perfect but it isn't that bad. I should be seeing results. Instead my weight is slightly up from last year.

He was very nice, like a soft stone wall. There is nothing to consider other than my 175 mcg of Synthroid. No other options to treat my Hashimoto's could be discussed. But he would consider putting me on this diet drug:


I'm not feeling warm fuzzier about this doctor. I have been trying to ask around for a referral. There was a woman I knew from the gym who had great results with her thyroid doc, but my attempts to contact her have not succeeded. 

The problem is there is so much hucksterism out there that it is hard to know who to trust. And since the authorities, the people we are supposed to trust, don't seem a lot better, I feel totally discouraged. But not suicidal, so I am going to pass on this drug.


8 comments:

  1. As I read what you wrote (3 times), I had a couple thoughts.

    First, I always think science experiment. And to know what is going on, have to have measured, accurate data. So I think the food intake "not that bad" is not very scientific. I think to see what is going on, because you have complicated factors, it has to be perfect. Then you will know. Most of us have to really adjust food as we figure it out.

    And I cannot remember, have you tried stripping all grain and processed out of your intake (whole foods only) for a couple months to see if that helped? Simple to try. I have known so many people who had food sensitivities tied into slow/no weight loss that I am convinced this is often an issue.

    I also think people often over eat with a lot of exercise. It just happens. Someone trains for a race and gains. Someone takes up running and gains. They can over estimate what they are burning. They fall into this thing about how hard they worked and how many more calories they need or deserve (mentally). It happens easily.

    I think it is also a common reflex to look for a medical answer. I am on meds. I have conditions. Super important. I relate. My meds make a big difference. But sometimes we are looking for an RX cure when we have to do other things too.

    Karen
    http://gardengirlkp.blogspot.com
    Documents better than anyone I have ever seen. True scientific approach. Have to keep in mind that you are reading the end. She started out very, very, very much in the beginning. (I left her several notes like this along the way). Has had to make major, major changes to eliminate type 2 and handle her hashimotos.

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  2. I'm seeing an integrative medicine doctor on Friday and I am going to follow her advice. I do track my food for my own records, I just don't share it with the world because of all the Marthas.

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  3. I forgot to mention that the reason I was asking about meds is that a woman at my gym was taking something different and had lost weight, was feeling great, all her aches and pains stopped. So it wasn't just a "I just want a magic pill" kind of thing. According to my food and exercise journals, I should be losing and I'm not.

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    1. How frustrating. Really, really frustrating I am sure.

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  4. How much did your nodules shrink?

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    1. Quite a bit. But he also said, "hm, half your thyroid looks like it has started to crap out." If there is anything I can do to keep the rest of it from going, I'd like to try.

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    2. Ideally you should be able to reduce amount of antibodies to slow down destruction of your thyroid. Anecdotal evidence suggest that gluten-free diet and/or selenium supplements can do that. Most doctors are skeptical about it.

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    3. I am doing the gluten-free diet and also have selenium supplements. I'm also minimizing dairy.

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