It’s been five weeks since my last post and about that long since I last checked in on many of you.
I’m sure I have missed a lot of your news, and I’m sorry for being MIA. I kept hoping and waiting to have something good to report and the days turned into weeks…
Not only have I not gotten my period, but I started feeling worse and worse overall. Then I had my thyroid checked (if you’ll remember, my TSH went down to 0.05 in January after my antibiotic treatment). As of April, it had gone up to 6! I was totally hyper. And feeling all the anxiety and panic and depression that went along with it. Plus hot flashes and body stiffness and aches and just not feeling right. I had been seeing Yu Ming for acupuncture/herbs and went a few times for massage therapy to alleviate some of it. And got in an appointment with Energy Man, who said I was “processing a lot”. Unfortunately, the new dosage of Synthroid wlll take 8 weeks to really make me feel any better.
And this, my friends, is where I hit my wall.
It’s been 10 years now since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I’m sure it had gone undiagnosed for many years prior to that. I have seen 4 family doctors and 5 fertility specialists during that time and no one has monitored it as closely as I would like, nor have they suggested an alternate thyroid medication or referred me to an endocrinologist.
I happened to mention my thyroid issues on separate occasions to two women I know and they each suggested I see their doctor – the same guy – as he has earned a reputation in our city for being the go-to hormone guy for women. He is an integrative doctor – an OB-GYN – and he orders more thyroid tests than any other doctor in our province. He specializes in bio-identical hormones. They told me he charges an annual fee and that it would likely take a long time to get in to see him. I called and they had a cancellation so I got in within a few days.
Enter The March Hare. He is a lovely man and a renegade. I think he and Dr. White Knight would get along very well.
The March Hare talks very quickly. He’s clearly brilliant and has much to say and 40 minutes is not long enough.
He gave me homework – reading, water-drinking, exercise, dvds, tests, and prescriptions. He prescribed bio-identical DHEA drops – yes, drops!!! Apparently the other form of DHEA that doctors are prescribing makes things worse (which is how I felt on it)! He prescribed bio-identical Progesterone cream to take from the 15-30 every month. He prescribed 5HTP and FemMed to help me sleep at night. He ordered bloodwork for a couple of weeks from now. He ordered allergy testing (I have an appointment tomorrow).
I told him I was just there to feel better and prevent bone loss, that I had given up on conceiving.
He told me he can absolutely make me feel better, but not to give up – one of his patients just recently had a spontaneous surprise pregnancy at the age of 47 after 12 years of IVF treatments.
I look forward to feeling better, and I’m curious to see how this plays out.
The tea party isn’t over yet.