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Hi,

I'm from Germany. I'm 46, two kids. Since about 10 years I actually don't feel good anymore. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with micro prolactinoma, last year hypothyroidism too. I was actually hypo already before, but until my TSH was under the magic line 2.5 the doc said my thyroid it's o.k., when the TSH level was 2.7 he said NOW I need medication...My cortisol and ACTH levels are in the lowest norm range, my DHEAS is very increased. I wonder if I may have adrenal fatigue too. My endo said this diagnosis don't exist, only Morbus Addison, but I read all the time about the symptoms and how many people are having AF.

I have stopped the meds for prolactinoma, because they had too strong side effects and now I'm on some ayurvedic herbs + sniffing rosemary and frankincense oil as natural dopamine agonists. My last lab results were almost normal so it seems this works for me!

When I started with the thyroid hormones, my problems rapidly increased- I was terrible nervous, anxious, having fast heart beat, panic attacks and even more fatigue. I was on 50 ng L-Thyroxin. So the doc gave me beta blocker and reduce the dosage on 25 ng. My thyroid levels are now in the lower norm range again.

This helped with the most severe symptoms, but only for short time. Since more then 6 months I have severe anxiety, depressive moods, insomnia, no libido, I feel like under adrenaline many times, I'm loosing my weight constantly, I'm having hair loss, craving for sweets, very low blood pressure, cramps in my legs ( charlie horse), tension in my neck. Also fatigue is a symptom and poor stress resistance.

Also my period started to be irregular, I have skipped 3 cycles recently, so I think I'm in a peri menopause too.

But I wonder if the AF could be an issue too. I have read that the adrenals should be checked before starting with thyroid meds. Nobody did this. My endo don't take me seriously, although he is supposed to be one of the bests in the city, he suggested me antidepressants and psychotherapie. I don't want to accept that my symptoms are only mental! I know myself and my body very well. But I don't know what should I do, it seems that I won't find a doc who accepts AF as an diagnosis. 

I'm practicing Chi Gong, Yoga, progressive muscle relaxation and I'm meditating to calm down, I'm a vegetarian, I drink no alcohol, no caffeine, I eat chocolate, but not too much. I also try to go to bed before 10, but I have to get up at 6:30, because of the kids. What can I do to help my adrenals without a doctor? 

Now I have caught some virus and I feel very bad- fatigued and exhausted, but it's only a common cold, I even don't have a fever ( actually I had fever last time 10 years ago)...I'm scared that my cortisol is too low and my body isn't able to heal again. ( I have health anxiety too...) I feel quite desperate at the moment...

I would be very thankful for some advice or support!

Thank you!

 

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I highly recommend that you seek the care of a classical homeopath!


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hug2.gif I have similar issues and symptoms that I am dealing with now too, and similar experience with one "of the best" most expensive endos in the city - told me to go on antidepressants and stop reading things online.

I have started seeing a homeopath as that is the only type of alternative dr. in my area (I'm in Brazil). So far I am happy, but I have not been seeing him long. At least he listens to me, I think that in itself has made me feel better.

 

Do you know if you have Hashimotos? or just hypothyroidism?

 

Stop the Thyroid Madness is an excellent website/book, and I just read Hope for Hashimotos by Dr. Alexander Haskell, but I believe he also has a book for Hypothyroidism. 

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

 

If at all possible, I would explore options for holistic/alternative dr, someone to take you seriously. I have not had good experiences with endocrinologists, as long as your TSH is within normal they will not take any of your symptoms seriously, and it appears that it is just not that simple for many people. Anti-depressants can cause a whole set of other problems too.

 

Do you know if you have any gluten issues? especially if you do have Hashimotos, many people, including myself, are celiac or have intolerance issues.

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I highly recommend that you seek the care of a classical homeopath!

 

I did in the past, a doc GP who is a classical homeopath was treating me few years, but with almost no success. I discontinued the treatment when I found out that all the time since the last birth I was anemic and having severe Vit. D lack, but the homeopath told me few times when I asked about my ferritin- don't mind the lab results, she is treating me holistic...I was basically crawling on my four...When I finally started with iron and vit-D supplement, 50 % of my symptoms disappeared or improved. So, now I have to fix those rest 50% somehow...

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Hi, 

hug2.gif I have similar issues and symptoms that I am dealing with now too, and similar experience with one "of the best" most expensive endos in the city - told me to go on antidepressants and stop reading things online.

I have started seeing a homeopath as that is the only type of alternative dr. in my area (I'm in Brazil). So far I am happy, but I have not been seeing him long. At least he listens to me, I think that in itself has made me feel better.

 

Do you know if you have Hashimotos? or just hypothyroidism?

 

Stop the Thyroid Madness is an excellent website/book, and I just read Hope for Hashimotos by Dr. Alexander Haskell, but I believe he also has a book for Hypothyroidism. 

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

 

If at all possible, I would explore options for holistic/alternative dr, someone to take you seriously. I have not had good experiences with endocrinologists, as long as your TSH is within normal they will not take any of your symptoms seriously, and it appears that it is just not that simple for many people. Anti-depressants can cause a whole set of other problems too.

 

Do you know if you have any gluten issues? especially if you do have Hashimotos, many people, including myself, are celiac or have intolerance issues.

 

Hi,

two endo's said I don't have Hashimoto, because I don't have the anti bodies, but my thyroid is very small. Next week I will visit some specialist who is supposed to be the best to clear the thyroid issue. 

Regarding gluten- an TCM health practitioner said to me I don't have the intolerance, but I should try to avoid it as possible, the same with sugar. I'm trying, but special diets are very expensive and I don't have a lot of money at the moment.

I think, the main cause for mine problems are the hormones- pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and since I'm in a peri menopause everything is getting much worse. I have learned not to trust the doctors, so I'm looking for help on my own...

 

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