That all changed when suddenly my doctors starting mentioning Adrenal Fatigue when they looked at my lab results. I started working with a Naturopath and she told me that I had slight Adrenal Fatigue and that we needed to work on that along with the thyroid. I was familiar with the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and I knew it could be detrimental if ignored for a long time. What I didn’t realize was how much it could be holding back my body from recovering my thyroid.
About a month ago, I had my labs done and my thyroid antibodies were high – over 1,000 (healthy is under 40 generally speaking). I didn’t know if this was an improvement or not because the lab didn’t give me an exact number, just >1,000. I wanted to know an exact number because last year from July 2012-December 2012 my antibodies were app 6,000! So for me 3,000 would be a happy improvement even though it would still be way too high. At the same time that I got these lab results, I had my first appointment with a new doctor. He had suggested that before addressing the thyroid inflammation, we should focus on some adrenal support. He suggested a supplement for adrenal support and recommended that I continue my current diet which is gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. He also recommended finding more time to relax in my day, AKA stop running my adrenals down so much! Gotta love when the dr. basically prescribes naps and relaxation time!
I left the appointment with new hope that I would be able to get my body balanced soon. He warned me that with such high antibody levels, it may take as long as a year to get them down and it would probably require getting back on thyroid medication. I hoped that medication wouldn’t be necessary as I like to do things with diet and lifestyle changes as much as possible to avoid drugs and toxins.
A month went by and I had my labs redone to get an actual number for my antibodies. I was pleasantly surprised at my next appointment! My antibodies had dropped from >1,000 to 260 in just weeks! My doctor explained that this was extremely rare, especially without the use of a thyroid medication. I think he was as surprised as I was.
So although 260 is still considered high, I am celebrating the progress! It just goes to show that if you have a healthy diet & lifestyle your body can recover faster.However, you have to address the whole body, not just the parts. Now I can see that my body was trying to recover but it just needed a little more support in an area that I had not considered. I think that everyone can recover this quickly if they choose to. It doesn’t have to be a rare occurrence – we can make it the norm if we give the body the tools it needs & reduce the toxic load in our lives.
So what do I do to have a healthy lifestyle?
I have eliminated as many toxins in our household as possible. We don’t use toxic cleaners or nasty chemicals.
I eat a clean diet & stick to being GF, DF and SF. I try to eat whole foods as much as possible and we always get organic to avoid the endocrine-disrupting pesticides and GMOs. I like to know who my farmers are.
I use essential oils for thyroid support instead of medication. When I stopped my thyroid medication, I quit cold turkey. I tested these oils to see if I would end up flat on my back, unable to get out of bed in a few days. I had tried stopping my meds a few times before but after 5 days I would always end up non-functitonal. So I tried again, but this time I tried using therapeutic grade essential oils to replace the meds and I actually felt better without my meds than with them. I have no doubt that they contributed to my healing in a major way.
I believe in the power of the body to heal itself. We just have to get tuned into what our body is saying. The body is a magical machine and will do amazing things if we allow it to.
So if you have thyroid issues, try focusing in on your adrenals. See if perhaps they need a little more attention. When those little adrenals are shot, not much else can happen. You may end up with a prescription for naps and vacations (not too shabby) and you might allow your thyroid to heal itself in the mean time!