|. on Sep 12, 2016 @ 09:22 pm|
I am in the weird position of having both an underactive AND and overactive thyroid! That may seem impossible, but my levels are high in some aspects and low in others, causing me to have symptoms of both.
Are you currently seeing an endocrinologist? That's a good place to start for any sort of thyroid problems! They can come up with a treatment plan that's suitable for you and your current needs.
I actually started seeing a Functional Medicine practitioner about 2.5 years ago for various ongoing health conditions. He's a trained anaesthesiologist among other things, so he's very knowledgeable on a variety of subjects and treats chronic pain and other things. He tries to take a more natural approach wherever it's reasonable, but he does prescribe medication where necessary. He also does things like injections and acupuncture, depending on what the problem is.
He put me on some supplements for a few different things, including my thyroid. These are a mixture of vitamins and minerals, and sometimes plants extracts. I know it's easy to be sceptical of something like this, but they actually have helped some of the hormone levels in my body which were previously out of wack. Because I also have adrenal insufficiency -- which can be affected by the pituitary gland and vice versa -- there are still some things that are not perfect, but they're a lot better than when I first started seeing him.
I feel overall in much better health. I could barely eat at times, and my body wasn't absorbing nutrients properly, so I kept losing weight. I have since gained ten pounds back on within the past year, and no longer have these kinds of issues anymore. I now only have to see him every few months for hip injections and to restock my current supplements.
Unfortunately, this type of specialist is one you have to pay to see. I am on ODSP and have no coverage for this sort of thing, so at times it has been kind of expensive. This particular doctor was kind enough to see me for free for the last year, so I haven't been paying for the appointments, only the supplements or any treatment I have. Still, I wouldn't be able to do this if I didn't have my parents assisting me at this point in time.