Friday, April 21, 2017

Blockades in the road of Life....

By the looks of it I'm not being as faithful as I thought I would be to writing more on my blog. It's funny how times just seems to slip through my fingers like sand. I haven't been wasting my time but I don't think I've been especially careful in managing it either!!

February and March were months of blah for me in the health department arena. I haven't been feeling myself since November. No energy, fog brain, cold all the time, heart palpitations, feeling that I'm going to pass out, no period for over six months. The symptoms are a mile long but I shortened it for you all!!! I know that I suffer from anxiety so I honestly just shook most of it off. The problem for me was that I felt like I couldn't run without having my heart race so bad and be out of breath withiin seconds of trying to run. I didn't want to be out on a trail by myself and keel over dead with no one to search for me...LOL!! But after almost passing out while sitting on the couch, I knew that I had to find out what was wrong with me.  I had a ton of tests done at the Cardiology office and it appears as if the ol' ticker is doing just fine. However, my blood results show that I'm right in the middle of MENOPAUSE (what an ugly word). I decided to do bioTE  HRT Pellet Therapy. My insurance doesn't cover it but thankfully we have an HSA so I could still afford the treatments. I read everything the doctor sent home with me and talked to quite a few other women who already do it and decided to go for it. I've been on it for about 3 weeks now and I have to say that I do feel sharper, more energy, my moods have also seemed to balance out. I sleep like a baby too, thanks to the progesterone that I take at night. That stuff is wonderful. No more waking up every night at 3 a.m. and no more hot flashes (so far...knock on wood)! The full impact takes about three months so I'm excited to see how I will feel then.

I had more blood work done with my OB/GYN doctor and come to find out I have Reverse T3 Syndrome. I'm working closely with her to figure out why my T4 just sits in storage and is not converted into T3. But what it boils down to is that I have hypothyroidism at this moment. I also found out that I do have a small nodule on my thyroid. I go back in 6 months for another ultrasound so that we can track the size for a while before any decisions are made regarding removal or just letting it alone.  Right now I'm taking a low dose of NDT and I truly feel that it's making a big difference on how I'm feeling. I go back in a few weeks to follow-up with my doctor regarding my blood work that will hopefully help her figure out why my T4 is just going into storage and not being converted. I have hope that eventually I won't have to take thyroid medicine....HOPE!

I'm still experiencing the shortness of breath. No one can explain it. I signed up for a trail half-marathon in August, which I think I'm going to have to defer. I haven't ran a stinking mile since November. But with all of this going on and feeling at times totally depressed and other times hopeful, I've realized that God gave me this body and I must, MUST, do my best to take care of it. I've gotten a bit pushier with the doctor's. I've demanded certain blood tests. I've questioned their comments and practices...something I would have never done in the past because I'm a rule follower. I realized that I am the one paying for my healthcare. They are NOT. They don't get to dictate how I spend the rest of my life on this earth. And that my friends is very empowering!!!

If anyone else has experienced similar symptoms please don't be shy...share with me!! That's why I decided to write this post so that someone may be experiencing the same issues but wasn't sure what to do. I have chosen a more natural solution to my thyroid medicine and HRT and it may not be something you would do, and I'm okay with that. I'm open to everything, so if you want to share I would love it!!


  1. It's frustrating when you don't feel well. I'm glad they're figuring things out for you.

  2. Sorry you have been going through all this ... but good for you for demanding things from the dr.'s! I am also the 'whatever you say dr.' kinda of gal ... so I feel your pain on that front!

  3. Hi Staci! Somehow I missed your previous posts. I have been where you are now and choose a natural, non-medicine route and it worked for me (it wasn't always easy). I am so sorry that it has been such a struggle for you, glad you are speaking out and have become a strong advocate for your health! Email me if you want more details of what worked for me.

  4. Sorry to hear that you've been having so many health issues! Menopause is no fun but it sounds like you're going through a really tough one. Hope you can get your shortness of breath figured out; I know how much you are missing running.

  5. I have no advice, but loads of sympathy. My mom went through a lot of symptoms - the shortness of breath and heart palpitations and after YEARS of testing it all came down to her thyroid. She had hers removed and symptoms improved. So, some of it could still be thyroid not menopause (it is a rotten word). I hope you start to feel better. Check in with us more often :) (I realize how silly this sounds as I comment 16 days later, but still...)

  6. It's hard to tune out when you are still working. I wasn't able to come to terms with a lot of stuff till I was retired and alone much of the time to do what I wanted and ponder, read, lock down, tune out. It helped. Doing nothing sometimes helps, if you can. Good luck and hope to see you back on your blog sometime soon :)


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