August 8th, 2007

asleep at mal 9/09

medical update

first some links - info on t3/t4 and other stuff (i'm also perusing the google group linked to the first site)
so to simplify some of this info - a normal body produces both t3 and t4; the t4 breaks down into more t3 and anti t3 (anti t3 is basically a hormone that slots into the same spot as t3, but doesn't do anything, thus slowing metabolism - it should be produced in large amounts only during times of famine in a normal body)
my tsh and t4 levels were normal on this last round of tests (and normal on the synthroid or t4 only that i was on from my doctor in dc) but my t3 level was about 3% of normal and my anti t3 level was 5x the norm
the new thyroid med they have me on is a combination of t3 and a tiny bit of t4 (as opposed to the synthroid which was t4 only and my body wasn't processing it to t3) - what is called natural thyroid
ok - so in addition to all that, my progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone levels were at almost 0 (yes, women are supposed to have some testosterone - it affects stress management, mood, sex drive, and other things, also in women having too little has been shown to lead to/worsen osteoporosis) and i'm on small doses of all three of those once a day
my dhea & pregnenolone level is really low and i'm now taking that, also once a day
cortisol is low so i'm taking that once a day
all the non thyroid problems are caused at least in part by a damaged adrenal system or adrenal fatigue - - so i'm taking an adrenal repair formula that includes high doses of B vitamins twice a day, and i'm back on melatonin (dr. anthony had suggested it as well, but it didn't help - i wasn't taking it correctly though) to help me sleep at night (it's working this time) which is very important if i want this to heal
once the adrenal system is repaired i shouldn't need the adrenal repair, dhea, cortisol, and hopefully less or none of the estrogen, progesterone & testosterone
a lot of these hormones also affect immune function - having such low levels of them has "severly compromised" my immune system - white cell counts are very high even though i'm not sick, and my body is treating normal yeasts as an illness - hence the diet changes - i'm cutting out foods with yeast in them entirely for now, and way down on carbs of any type; i will start taking fluconazone and an anti-yeast vitamin formula and an immune booster (C, echinachea, etc) later this week
i'm actually feeling much better - i've slept well for the last few days, my moods aren't nearly as bad (i've been angry angry angry and depressed - doctor wasn't surprised) and i'm doing better with adding the meds back in one at a time - the only ones i'm not on now are the 3 to boost my immune system, and an additional herbal drug to help me sleep (called rest & restore - melatonin, chamomile, and some other stuff - but it made me hyper, so i won't be trying that one again)

i've been keeping a spreadsheet of all the meds, when i take them, reactions, what i'm eating, how i'm sleeping, pain levels, etc - it's a way for me to keep a bit of control and figure out what things are not working (like the rest & restore making me hyper)
the new thyroid formula seems to be working - i'm not as tired as i have been, and i'm not feeling as bleh and unenthused about everything as i had been so hopefully things will level out soon