A year ago I could barely get out of bed because the pain and aching was so bad, I had no energy, my brain wouldn't function, I was depressed, whatever I did I couldn't stop my weight increasing and I felt like the 'other' bunny in the Duracell battery bunny adverts, my battery had run down and I had stopped, while everyone else was hopping along quite merrily.
The doctors diagnosed me with fibro and told me to live with it and manage it. I refused to give in and sought answers. It wasn't easy especially when I was feeling so ill. Being told by one doctor when I said I couldn't lose weight 'There were no fat people in Belsen" didn't do a lot for my depression.
I refused to accept that for the rest of my life I would be in this state. I wanted answers. I was willing to accept that I had Fibro, but what I wanted to know was what was the cause, why had my body shut down and stopped functioning. And my theory was that once I had found the cause I could start treating it and hopefully return my body to health
Now I walk for an hour every morning, I am sleeping between 5 -8 hours a night. I still ache but not so much and I feel I am on the road to recovery. It has been a roller coaster of a ride but I have refused to give in.
I visited lots of doctors who did tests and confirmed the Fibro diagnosis and offered me sleeping pills and pain killers. I kept looking, visiting two specialists in the UK who also confirmed Fibro. After much research on the internet my journey took me to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimotos Thyroidism, a condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid and stops it functioning. He said I had probably had it since my first pregnancy 28 years ago. I started on thyroxin and for 2 months I was great and then my health nose dived again and although they kept increasing the thyroxin, I was not improving. Eventually I was told I was taking the correct dose and I was fine. EXCUSE ME I FEEL LIKE S**T.
So it was back to the internet and looking for answers.
Mercury Poisoning - symptoms aching and fatigue - I had my fillings all removed.
Glutton Intolerance - symptoms aching and fatigue - I have cut out as much gluten as possible.
Then to address the thyroid problem. Everything on the internet says to change from thyroxin, if it is not working for you, to natural thyroid but none of the doctors I visited or the endocrinologist agreed or would prescribe it for me. In January this year, I found a medical doctor and naturopath who would prescribe it and I am now so much better. I walk for an hour every morning, I am sleeping between 5 -8 hours a night. I still ache, but not so much and we are still increasing the dose, so Im hoping the aching will stop eventually. She also gave me progesteron and oestrogen to help balance my hormones.
For years I have been visiting the doctors because I was so tired and they kept testing my thyroid and telling me I was 'normal'. In the last year I had three thyroid tests by doctors who told me I was 'normal'. I eventually bypassed them and made the appointment with the endo myself. Had I not done this I would still be in a downward spiral.
I am not saying this is the answer to everyone's condition but what I do want to say, is don't accept what the doctors tell you. Research on the internet, change your diet, look for other
reasons and causes. The body does not just stop working and shut down - there has to be a cause, a reason.
My journey has made me realise that the doctors do not know, and how can they. there are so many illnesses and causes, they can only do tests, interpret the results as they have been taught and if needed refer you to a Specialist. They kept telling me my thyroid was fine when it clearly wasn't. For those that think they might have a similar condition check out stopthethyroidmadness.com/ .
There is hope, but I"m afraid you have to make it happen yourself. I will let you know how I get on in the next few months and I wish you all well in your journey to good health.