I don't know what else to do. I have been trying so hard and I feel today that this is it, it won't get better.
Resigned I went to do my bloods this morning and here are my results on 2.5 grains on Armour:
I had to test at 5 weeks, because of feeling unwell.
B12 601 (187-883)
Folate 13.44 (2.34-17.56)
Iron 142 (50-170)
Ferritin 45 (4.53-204)
Prolactin 25 (range up to 26, but gyno says I should be below 20)
SHBG 61 (19-155)
RBC 5.5 (3.93-5.22)
Hemoglobin 15 (11.2-15.7)
Hematocrit 44.7 (44.9)
ESR 9 (2-20)
My symptoms are: feeling cold during the day, overheating at night and sometimes during the day, trouble falling asleep, puffy face, muscle pain, tiredness, some napping, pain in legs
Previously was on a slightly lower dose of Armour:
Symptoms were: numbness tingling in hands or arms, constant worrying, issues sleeping, back pain, energy dips, stiffness, vaginal bleeding, libido issues (had no problem with that on higher doses).
I also have cortisol results from blood and saliva, but nothing bad there. When I take a higher dose my blood cortisol is over midrange in the morning, when the dose is lower it goes up.
I am close to giving up.
Any advice is very welcome. Thank you x
Oh and I tried adding Levo in and it didn't work, was feeling worse.
Sorry to hear this, sending you my best 🌱
It looks like you have tried a lot of what I was about to suggest.
Could it be that you are still undermedicated?
Have you done the whole gluten dairy free things
Anything else that’s affecting absorption?
Thank you so much Regenallotment, it means a lot, I'm having a though few days and weeks.
I am running out of ideas.
It could be, as I retain water and have several hypo issues.
Yes, have been gluten and dairy free before, no difference I'm afraid.
I do have SIBO, which affects my absorption and I'm being told by my endo it reduces also conversion of hormones. I will be taking medication for it soon.
I was trying to take 1/8 grain of Armour more than what I take currently, that was mid January and after 11 days I was overdosed with FT3 85% - was shaking, had tremors, was very hungry, waking up sweating with pulse of 100, my BP also shot up.
hmmm poor thing, sounds rough. I’ve been working through SIBO and learning more and more. I started with Izabell Wentz diet and (all introduced one at a time 2 weeks apart) tried black seed oil, NAC, S Boulardii, much improved but still not ideal. Reading Supergut by Dr William Davies and learning lots. Going for it again with curcurmin and homemade L Reuteri yoghurt.
Maybe a look and options for SIBO might help. I just read in Supergut that the toxins from unhelpful bacteria in SIBO cause depression, anxiety and this really resonates.
It sounds like you are onto something to me 🌱
Sorry to hear that you also have SIBO, that's awful. Thank you for all the recommendations, super helpful.
I have xifaxan waiting for me, afterwards my dietician will be applying herbal therapy and prokinetics plus low fodmap. I just wasn't able to do it earlier unfortunately.
My endo also thinks that SIBO is responsible for anxiety and depression! She said there is enough research there to show gut- brain connection.
They also want me to try to LDN.
excellent then you have something to focus on and try. 👏 let us know how it goes. Xx
Will do for sure x