Today was going to be the day. I WAS going to start taking the Armour prescribed by Dr Skinner.
BUT, even though it is nearly amonth since i saw him and 3 weeks since i had the bottle in my hands i still can't get up the courage to begin.
Some background - i have been diagnosed with M.E- 3 years ago by Dr Myhill after 17 years of horrendous illness. The last 4 years i have been so ill i have had to give up all work and have become mainly house/bed bound. The past 6 months have seen some improvements. My symptoms have been too diverse and numerous to list here, but suffice to say they were nearly all on Dr Skinners tick list (it would have been easier to ask me which symptoms i didn't have!)
One of the big problems i have had over the past few years is over reactions to medications as well as to vitamins and minerals. I have also been treated appalingly by the medical profession (that's a whole other long sorry story in itself) I am particularly afriad to start because i have had a severe reaction to an anti depressant 4 years ago that took at least two years to recover from and was the worse experience of my life. I also had a terrible reaction to a minor surgery 5 years ago and although promised i would be back to work next day, i actually never went back to work again and couldn't get out of bed for 3 weeks. I also had a problem with steroids (both inhaled and oral) that i was given for repeated lung infections and pneumonia (have scarring now)
Dr Skinner has given me some hope - but i still find it hard to trust and a big part of me doesn't reall believe the Armour will make me better. My latest results from Feb were:
TSH- 2.39 (range up to 5)
FT4- 12.6 (range 12 -21)
My results have always been within range, but seem to jump about all over the place. The highest my T4 has been was about 17 (some years ago) and my TSH has been at 3.3 - but nothing ever out of range. I have problems with Iron - anemic on and off for many years and also ferritin very low - was at 5 for many years (never treated by GP's) but with a couple of years of supplementation i have only managed to get it to 11 at the highest.
I had a trial of thyroxine 3 years ago with Dr Myhill that didnt work - started very low and was fine for a few months (although i felt no better at all) when the dose got up to only 50mcg a day i experienced symptoms of hyper, but my bloods were still well within range. so we abandoned it - i was told it could be an adrenal problem(no surprise there - extreme anxiety, acute startle response no ability to handle stress - now somewhat improved)
So - i am on Omeprazole (but weaning off) and iron twice daily (should be three times but my stomach won't take it) i have been prescribed half grain for three weeks then three quarters until i see him again (early August) i don't know how tro take with the iron or Omperazole - or if this is safe and normal? He toyed with quarter grain to start but though it should be half. I reall wamt to get going and see if it will help but i am afraid of adverse reactions - i already have palpitations etc and these make me scared - have had severe anxiety whihc i snow almost under control, have suffered a few years of Agorphobia due to illness.
Any advice? and if you have got this far and read all this - Thank You so much!