So I went to see a so called top doctor in Belgium the other day, supposedly one of the best. Before going there, I had extensive labs done (blood and 24 h urine).
I feel pretty well overall, work full-time, lead a normal life...I feel tired from time to time, but who doesn't...?!
Anyway, it seems I am deficient in all major vitamins, even anemic, so now I have been prescribed B12 injections (one every week for ten weeks, then once a month). I told the doctor I take a multivitamin pill for women daily, said to contain 100% of all essential vitamins and minerals; the doctor basically dismissed all multivitamin pills as useless and not nearly potent enough.
I have been taking a pharmacy grade iron supplement called Ferograd; yet, I am seriously iron deficient and now have been prescribed iron.
I eat pretty well. Since going on supplements Diabecon and Hyponidd (after being diagnosed with insulin resistance), I have lost 15 kilograms effortlessly. The supplements make me eat less, but I eat more sensibly since they have more or less taken away my cravings for sweet and salty snacks. I tend to avoid fruit, as I have blood sugar problems, but I eat a lot of vegetables daily. I start most days with an omelett, made with three whole eggs and virgin coconut oil.
Yet, I was told my cholesterol levels are borderline low, especially the HDL cholesterol, and I need to eat more fat, especially satured fat...I was told to melt some butter and pour on vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower.
Also, I was told to eat more red meat to get my iron levels up naturally, but also to decrease meat as my uric acid levels are elevated???
Has anyone managed to lower elevated uric acid levels naturally...I was told that, even though my kidney function is still normal, one day it will most likely be affected if I don't get my uric acid levels down.
I am low in vits A and E, but is there any way to raise them naturally?
I have been taking 5.5 grains of Erfa lately and feeling pretty well, but both FTs could be higher, so I guess I could raise it for a while and see what happens. I don't know if anyone has experienced a change in labs after Erfa moved its production from Belgium to Spain...?
TSH <0.01, so really of no interest.
Free cortisol levels at 8 am were 13 and should be at least 20. I had taken 4 mg of Medrol 24 hours before going to the lab. Now, I was prescribed hydrocortisone, but told not to take more than 5 mg at a time, because I suffer from hypertension (successfully treated with drugs). I was told to take 5 mg at 8 am and another 5 mg at lunch. However, I have read that, with HC, you should go for a full replacement dose (i.e. at least 20 mg daily), or you will just end up suppressing your own adrenals further, without replacing what you are missing...?
Strangely enough, although the supplements have taken away my cravings for snacks, and I have lost 15 kilograms since going on them, my fasting blood sugar levels remain higher than I'd like; 95 (ref 70-110, so closer to upper than lower normal limit). I don't know if there is a way to get my BS levels down further without resorting to prescription drugs like Metformin...?
I was also told that, although my periods only come every other months or so, and have since October 2015, I am not menopausal as my estrogen levels are high compared to my progesterone levels which are very low. I was also told I'm a bit young for menopause (I turned 47 last month). Nothing was prescribed, so I wonder if I should order some progesterone myself...?
After this visit, supposed to enlighten me, I feel more confused than ever.... How can I even stand up, move around, and feel more or less OK most of the time, if all my levels of vital hormones, vitamins, and minerals are suboptimal...?!?!