I have a few questions for the mamas who are knowledgable in this area.
For years now, I have had ongoing health issues. Nothing huge, but my eyes and skin have been yellowish, I have lost enormous amounts of hair (and had to cut it many times due to the horrible condition of it), had serious issues with grains (throwing up blood, rashes, terrible digestion problems). I have been eating well for a long time (over a year at this point), including cutting sugar and grains out of my diet. I originally only cut out white flour, but due to the horrible reactions to other grains, I cut them all out. My rate of exercise has not changed, and I go to the gym regularly, as well as chase my toddler everywhere. I was quite thin my whole life until I turned twenty, and then I steadily began to gain weight. Nothing I have done seems to be working for the weight loss, and I am now about seventy pounds overweight.
I am in a phase of my life now where I am beginning to be extremely depressed. I'm constantly exhausted even though I get plenty of sleep, and I often feel like I can't do anything. My mum suggested recently that I take my temperature for three days, before meals and before bed, and let her know the results. My average temp has been 96.4, and I have never gone above 97.8. She told me she thought this was a sign of possible hypothyroidism, and that I should check it out with my doctor, but also thinks I should seek alternative methods before I am put onto a hormone replacement. Obviously I have no idea if I will even be diagnosed with this, but we're thinking ahead.
So, the questions. I know the diet issues have nothing to do with hypothyroidism. The other problems I am having, do they warrant a visit to the doctor? Does it sound like I may be hypothyroid? I wonder if it's not something else entirely, and I'm coming up short on research. I do think maybe I should go just to be tested, since we are currently TTC, and I have read that it's not particulary good to be undiagnosed in pregnancy. I would also ask for opinions on alternative methods of dealing with some of these issues. I can not afford to go to my naturopath right now, and am hoping that I can gather a wealth of info here on Mothering.
I'm sorry for the meandering post, my mind isn't really on straight right now, and my toddler just brought me his boots and said 'pweease!'. Time to go outside. :LOL
Thanks in advance for any responses.