I wondered if anyone had some advice and words of encouragement for me. To cut the longest of stories short: I've been severely ill for over 2 years now after a long stretch of stress and antibiotic use. It culminated in constant nausea, crippling fatigue and an inability to tolerate food. After nearly 2 years of paying every expert I could find to do tests, prescribe supplements, advise diets and lifestyle changes, I was no better, but lucked on a fantastic nutritionist who managed to diagnose hypothyroidism as one of my problems. I found a doctor that prescribed Erfa, and have been taking it now for 2 months. I immediately felt a bit better when starting on 1/2 grain and I'm up to 2 1/2 grains now, but suddenly I have a terrible headache that worsens daily, pain in my muscles, diarrhea, nausea and the fatigue is worsening again.
My questions are: does this sound like likely overdosing (possibly upping too quickly?) - I don't feel anywhere near like I'm on high enough of a dose in general as the fatigue and all my other symptoms are all still present. And if other people have had problems upping their NDT dose, what's a better general guide to upping (back off to 1/4 grain increase every 3-4 weeks say?) It's so frustrating, I just want to get to a decent dose so I can start feeling better after all this time - the fatigue is so bad that I lost my job and can barely leave the house. But obviously if my body cant handle it I'll need to back off a bit, I just need a bit of advice and some encouragement to cope with what feels like a big setback.
Also, does anyone else have severe stomach issues related to their hypothyroidism? I have to eat every 2 hrs or I feel faint and starving and sick, terrible pain in my upper left stomach, tightness (gripping) and pain across the whole of the top of my stomach, all food makes me bloat terribly, I'm fat intolerant, feel nauseous most of the time and find it hard to regulate my blood sugar - sugar, even in the smallest amounts, causing a huge spike in my blood sugar. I eat AIP Paleo (after a year of the Candida diet and then a year of SCD then GAPS then AIP Paleo with a Leaky Gut protocol), so I have eliminated all irritants, but now I'm just malnourished and incapable of adding foods back into my diet as I react to everything so badly. Anyone else experience gastro issues too? And what did you do to alleviate them, or did some of it naturally alleviate with the hypothyroid treatment?
Sorry, I have so many questions. I'm completely lost at the moment. It always seems to be 5 steps forward, 10 back. Does anyone have any cheer to share?! I'll definitely share it back once this terrible pain cloud lifts.
Keep fighting the good fight, Jen x