As I read through this site I notice the level of concern and anxiety many people display, on top of this I notice the deep fellowship and sense of community that those who are finding solutions are offering to those around them.
I see so many people being charged masses of money and being sent down very expensive routes of testing when much of this can be helped by simple solutions. Many of the members are fostering a view that you must have a massive range of tests to come to any sense of what is happening to you. The fact is no mater what is going on endocrine balance is required before any change will occur, we know this because T4 is clearly not working for many.
An observation I'd like to make is that despite the severity of and the level of testing you are given, or are not given as it is in many cases, there are simple things that you can do that will help you. It matters not that you have elevated cortisol low cortisol, receptor site damage or are a poor converter, there are certain fundamentals that you can apply that will help you help yourself. This action of self-help can put you back on the path to self-control.
The first thing and possibly fundamental is a low sugar no sugar diet. The more tired you become the more exhausted your cells, the deeper the craving for sugar becomes. The sugar craving is a vicious circle with some it ends up in disastrous situation such as type II diabetes.
So here's the list of what to do
1 download a glycaemic index try not to eat any of the foods marked as 70 or over.
2 cutout refined sugars and refined foods. This includes such things as white flour, white bread and pasta.
3 read the labels you will be surprised how much sugar is contained in organic, gluten-free products and of course our old friends diet drinks, diet bars.
4 do not be scared of fats they have known for a long, long time fats do not make you fat. However they are an excellent source of energy and provide the fundamental base many of your physiological functions.
5 do not skip breakfast! Establishing a stable blood sugar level at breakfast means that your blood sugar is more stable throughout the entire day,
6 establish a regular eating pattern, regular sleeping pattern. The body thrives on regular habits, the more predictable you become, the easier it is to heal.
7 learn to like yourself, a hard one for many people, especially when you hate your thyroid!
8 do not lose hope.
And that is about it. There are lots of books out there to read and your problems have been written about by many, many doctors. Fundamental to all of their comments and teachings is a stable blood sugar and blood insulin level.