Mommyshine, I have questions! I have questions! Picture me almost bouncing up and down on the couch with excitement.
Not to overwhelm you with questions, but... How did you find an alternative doc who would treat this nutritionally? What type of doctor? I don't have one and so I was planning a do-it-yourself approach in addition to the endocrinologist I just started seeing. Although your statement that there are professionals out there who do this made me realize that my chiro may know someone, he’s pretty alternative but I don’t know how plugged into the other alternative healthcare folks in town he is. I am due to see him anyway, so I’ll ask next week. Regarding the endocrinologist (who seems really nice and good-intentioned), normally, I would tell a doc everything I think is relevant to the situation at hand, but this approach is totally counter to everything in their training, so I really don't think they will a) take it seriously, and b) know anything helpful.
How long did it take for you to start feeling better? How did you decide you were “done” or are you still taking supplements? Was it just test results, just how you felt, a combination? And how long did you take supplements? Did you get any good advice on long-term dietary changes? I was sort of bummed when you said it recurred after your next pregnancy, I had sort of hoped that I could “fix” this (yeah, that’s the really optimistic part of me, the pessimistic part saw me on drugs for the rest of my life, after a long struggle to find a doc that knew anything about Armour because my mom is on a Synthroid-type generic and hasn’t felt good despite lots of trying to adjust her dosage) and that would be it, plus significant dietary changes that I already knew I needed.
Unless this is getting too personal (though if everything above hasn't already, then I doubt anything can!), how did your alternative doc decide on zinc, selenium and iodine? My reading, still pretty basic, says those are oftentimes key minerals involved in hypo so that made me feel upbeat, but I was wondering if your doc specifically tested for them, or it was based on your symptoms, or this is the standard first way to treat (but then maybe if the response wasn’t good, a few changes would be made)?
Sorry for all these questions, but this has been a big thing in my life lately. My TSH just got bad enough to get a referral to an endo (based on it changing, since my regular doctor’s office doesn’t seem to be aware of the new normal TSH range 0.3 – 3.0 so they won’t treat me) so I may get a prescription soon, but around the same timeperiod, I read specifics about the possibility of treating this nutritionally. And since I've known for a while now that my diet is pathetic, this seems to be a sign that I need to get on the ball and make some real changes.
Thanks! I’m glad this approach worked for you and I’m grateful that you’ve shared some of your experiences for the benefit of others.