Archives for: July 2006, 13
So, you might have inferred that my super-compliant diet didn't stay that way on our Disneyland trip. This brought my neuropathy back, though not as bad as the first round. Dr. D. had recommended I get my thyroid checked, as that is sometimes linked to neuropathy. That was news to me, so I got in and got it checked.
After more research, I'm finding that most autoimmune conditions can have some sort of neuropathy associated with them. 1 in 10 celiacs has some sort of neuropathy, that's a pretty high number! Though this round had nothing to do with any gluten, as I haven't eaten anything questionable (if in doubt, go hungry). I've also learned that statins can cause neuropathy, which doesn't apply to me, but I thought I'd pass it along I was (and am) hoping that my neuropathy is not a new disease...but can be explained by something I already know.
The nurse called me yesterday and left a message that my thyroid test was normal, so I started researching more. Found an article from a neurology publication about diabetes causing neuropathy much earlier than previously suspected, and before blood sugar fluctuations are easy to test for. So that explanation made sense too, since straying from a strict O-nonnie low-carb sugar-free diet brings symptoms on. When I'm super compliant, I don't even put agave nectar in my green or herbal tea, and eat better than any diabetic I've ever met. So that would explain the dietary link.
Then today my doctor called and said, basically, "normal" depends on your definition of normal, and he didn't consider my TSH to be normal. I asked what it was and almost fell over when it was above 6. I didn't think a TSH that high was still considered normal by any lab, and I used to feel like pond scum at anything above 3. So perhaps that explains everything. Interestingly, my pharmacy had switched me from Armour to generic armour, a few weeks before my worst neuropathy episode. I didn't know there was such a thing as generic armour. So many things went wrong at that time, and that was one of them. My diet, the crab, and a few other things were also wrong, but hopefully the thyroid is the answer.
I've been hopeful to get my thyroid standing on its own two feet, like my brother and others have done, but I don't know if it's meant to be...especially if I keep having babies. Of all prescriptions to have to take, thyroid isn't so bad. At the same time, I have gotten to know my thyroid a bit better through this, it was on the verge, and I saw the effect of consuming avoids. So, healing my thyroid is certainly a worthy goal, but from now on I'll let my thyroid determine my medicine dosage, not my own desires to be off meds.