OK, so I am feeling pretty confused right now, and would really appreciate some advice on how to move further:
I went to see my first Hertoghe doctor in 2004, in H's practice. I had been on thyroxine for three years, after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease in late 2000, but it never did much for me. I had such high hopes when I went to H's clinic...after having read his book "The hormone solution".
Once there, I was told H himself was no longer seeing patients on a regular basis, but that I would see one of his associates. The doctor in question but me on Armour (slowly raising it up to 180 mg daily), 2 mg of Medrol daily, Duphaston (now discontinued, as far as I know), and iron supplements.
There was no noticeable improvement. Six months later, the doctor declared that was likely because my TSH was suppressed (<0.00), and because I needed to go back on thyroxine only. At the same time, I was taken off Medrol, as that did not seem to have done much for me either.
Shortly afterwards, I decided I did not need to pay 140€ to get thyroxine prescribed, when any doctor could do that for a tenth of that sum...so I went back to seeing a GP.
Four years ago, I went to see another H doctor. I was immediately put on Medrol (4 mg daily, told to increase it to 5 or even 6 mg daily depending on symptoms), as well as Armour, Estrogel, and Utrogestan (Progesterone). After testing, I was aslo put on Testim (testosterone), and HGH (which I decided never to take; I realise I was frightened more than anything, but the idea of injecting myself with HGH really was frightening to me).
Last year, in one last desperate attempt to get well, I went to see H's sister. She diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue; yet, told me to go on an OTC product called Energy Complex, to try to cure it without drugs (Energy Complex contains L-carnitine, L-glutamine, L-ornithine, Vit B3, Vit B6, and Rhodiola rosea). She prescribed both Armour and Erfa, and told me to see which one works best for me.
I ended up seeing a fourth H doc who told me there is no need to take NDT, as synthetic T3 and T4 will give your body everything it needs, plus it's much cheaper...so he refused to prescribe anything than synthetic meds.
I recently had a hair mineral analysis done, and the results say that I have "adrenal insufficiency"...I have been recommended a product called Adrekomp, to take for 3-6 months.
So, having seen so many so called top doctors during the past decade, I now feel I need to make a decision on whom to stay with. I have been on Medrol, Erfa, Armour, Novothyral, L-Thyroxine, Duphaston, Utrogestan, Estrogel, not to mention all the vitamins and minerals...for more than a decade now. I realise my body must be confused from all the switching, but I have been following my doctors' advice, no matter how conflicting...for which I may now be paying the price.
If anyone has successfully cured adrenal fatigue, and managed hypothyroidism (hashimoto's), I'd really like to know...!