Hi everyone. This is my first post and I'll try to keep it as brief as possible. After many years of poor health, I was diagnosed as hypothyroid in 1996, mainly due to the excellent work of Diana Holmes and I've been on 150mcg of thyroxine more or less ever since. In 1997 I saw Dr Skinner and he diagnosed "Cushing's Disease". I started on steroids but they affected me very badly mentally (I thought I was going to be abducted by aliens!) and I had to come off them. My GP said that this can be a side-effect of steroids but it was unusual in such a low dose.
For the next few years I tried various things to improve my health including natural progesterone cream (which I still use), dietary changes to cope with my increasing hypoglycaemia and reflexology which made me feel so ill, I could barely stand-up. The reflexologist said that in fifteen years of practice, he'd never been able to distinguish between the kidneys and the adrenal glands but in me he could.
By now, I was beginning to conclude that my problems were not just with my thyroid but also with my adrenal glands. This was confirmed by Dr Peatfield in 2011. At his suggestion, I took an adrenal stress (saliva) test and the results clearly showed adrenal stress. Dr Peatfield's opinion was that I had a "conversion" problem with the thyroxine and that my high levels of T4 and low levels of TSH, together with a high pulse rate, only confirmed this.
Dr Peatfield advised taking Nutri Adrenal glandular tablets. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a communication problem between us and I didn't realise that I needed to come off thyroxine before taking the glandular tablets. As a result, even after taking just one and a half tablets over two days, I became very "hyperthyroid" (and possibly had an adrenal surge), resulting in me collapsing on the hall floor and having to call the paramedics. I had extreme hyperventilation and severe palpitations which were very frightening indeed.
After I had recovered (some six weeks later) and on Dr Peatfield's suggestion, I tried Co-Enzyme Q10 which also made me feel very ill, then high doses of Vitamin C over several months which had no effect at all.
In 2013, I had a bit of a breakdown after losing my closest friend to cancer (my third major bereavement in six years) , experiencing severe financial difficulties and having an infected cyst on my head, all at the same time! I had to consult my GP (even though I'd pretty much given up on the NHS) and eventually agreed to take anti-depressants which I'm still on. In March 2014, when I was recovering, I spoke to my GP about my long-term health problems. She said she was "sceptical" (surprise, surprise!) about Dr Peatfield's diagnosis but at her request I agreed to have some blood tests done, including my annual thyroid test. The results from June 2014 are as follows:
Thyroid: T4 28 and TSH less than 0.05 (about the same as last year but T4 is higher)
Cortisol: 433 (range is 138-620)
Sugars: "normal" (no stats)
As well as 150mcg of thyroxine, (and currently 20mg of Citalopram), I am also taking immunovite, tyrosine, chromium, Vitamin C (1050mg) a multi-vitamin and Mega-B50 every day. My most severe symptom is still the hypoglycaemia which is extremely debilitating despite my attempts to manage it as best I can.
At the moment, I am wondering "Where do I go from here?" I'm quite convinced that the main culprit is the adrenal glands but it seems that they are either so sensitive or so stressed that whenever I try to do anything that affects them directly, the side-effects are too much to cope with. I feel that the only thing I haven't really tried properly is homeopathy and I'd be interested to hear what experiences other people have had with it. Any other suggestions would also be very gratefully received. Many thanks.