20 year old female dance student
Growing up health okay until approx. age15 ......
Over time the weight crept on even though taking regular exercise
Approx 4 years ago started to suspect Thyroid issues but bloods 'normal'
Sept 2014 left home to study dance FULL time min 5 long days PW sometimes 6 or 7
Health took a nose dive big time
Struggled with tonsillitis, had course of antibiotics, had bad allergic reaction, had new prescription but health never picked up fully Sept 14 to to April 15 felt very low.
Monthly periods lasting on 1 day each cycle
Hair loss, hair dry, hair thinning
Bloating, water retention, puffy
Bad reactions to foods/food intolerances
FEB 2015 Paid for private specialist who diagnosed IBS but noticed the following
TSH 7.69 and T4 13.23
he wrote to her Dr suggesting trial of thyroid meds as symptoms had been prolonged OR testing again after 6 weeks!!!
No prescription so changed Dr
tested again 12th May 2015
TSH 4.08 (sent away told normal)
Thyroid Peroxidase antibody level 5 iu/mL <50
Glucose 4.5 mmol/L
serum calcium 2.1 mmol/L
Serum bilirubin 9 umol/L
Paid Private June 2015 results Genova
2 14.07 (raised out of range)
3 8.28 (raised out of range)
Sum of Cortisol
Sample 1 1.53
Sample 2 0.37
DHEA Mean 0.95
DHEA: Cortisol Ratio 0.052
1,640 (middle of ref range)
At this stage trailed
Nutri Adrenal Extra & Nutri Thyroid and Selenium
along with cod liver oil & ZMA
Sadly the private after care was non existent and she'd been having heart palpitation with no other signs of improvement in health so I stopped her taking them as felt she needed better support/supervision.
She was so desperate to loose weight to look good on stage that she wasn't listening to her body on the supps!
Chinese herbs helped
she went GF & diary free and looked at FODMAPS
cut LOADS out!
She did candida die off as a precaution which wasn't easy as her tongue looked so unhealthy
she had bone broth daily and ate clean foods only. organic when possible.
Sept 15 returned back to year 2 full time dance degree a new person
Hip impingement issue gone
December 15 did splits for 1st time
flexibility improved, sticking to same foods so not bad reactions when eating, feeling more confident but still not completely healthy.
Toilet once a day but not disposing of enough
Hair growing but still dry and thin on ends, still cold, neck swollen, still unable to loose weight but not gaining it but appears to be carrying more body fat and water retention than ever! very upsetting when you're working so hard and eating right but failing to get the results you deserve.
I wrote to her Dr in September complaining that they need to listen to her and take notice and the fact her health had improved was down to our persistence and hard work in researching and making lots of changes
10th September 2016 test results
Ferritin 121 ug/L
Haemoglobin estimation 135g/L
Total white cell 9.00 10*9/L (my own research suggested infection or inflammation
Platelet count 232
red blood cell count 4.74
mean corpusc haemoglobin 28.5 pg
Once again sent away by her Dr!!! even though she now has 8 months worth of test results and still not feeling 100% right
We went to nutrition therapist next!
More tests 29th September 2015
T4 85 (lower end of 'normal range')
FT4 12.2 (just below 'normal range'
FT4: FT3 Ration 2.1 (below 'normal range')
Reverse T3 0.30
VIT D 90 (but she does take daily quality supplement)
She also had stool samples analysed
Basically she had too many yeast growth in gut...commensual flora x 3 species
low on beneficial bacteria
secretary IGA raised (sign of body's immune system fighting infection/food intolerance)
Took multri strain probiotics etc more supplements bla bla
sent her back to Dr January 2016 as still wanted NHS to take notice of her and take her symptoms seriously
THYROID ULTRASOUND SCAN found LOTS of nodules on thyroid but not enlarged appeared normal in size apparently.
I'll add photos for the last bloods results
which included thyroid, hormones, diabetes, liver etc.... TSH 4.34 Free T4 12.9 ferritin 79
Finally referral to ENDO!!!
So here we are....next local endo appt for her is June (she will have left the area by then) so we've now decided to pay private AGAIN! but now we want the best endo people can recommend??? (feel free to PM me) one who will prescribe Armour or similar and one who will adjust dose accordingly and work hard to help dig that bit deeper to her root cause which I feel all started in her gut age 15! food intolerances have been a pain in the ....(what rhymes with gut).
ps. I have already purchased Armour from online pharmacy in America but have been patiently sitting tight waiting/hoping for the NHS to diagnose her so at least someone will monitor her as I live so far away and she's she's not so good as self assessing #brainfog
THANK YOU SO MUCH to whoever takes the time to read my LOOOOONG post.
Much love to you all xxx