Category: Jean (O)
I had a number of tests performed, one of which was bone mass. To all the naysayers of eating too much protein...hah is what I say...my bone mass is that of a 20 year old woman with absolutely no signs of osteo!!!
I had a vistor ask if I had signs of adrenal fatigue. I was indeed checked for it but he took my lying down blood pressure and then my standing up blood pressure (if you have adrenal fatigue, the standing up should drop dramatically) He said I was ready to sprint when I got up which is a good sign. He also explained Type A tend to suffer from Adrenal Issues and Types O's from Thyroid.
I took the iodine and tyrosine for 1 month. I also went off progesterone. I went for a follow up exam and found nothing had changed. He then explored my "female" history and we went through the miscarriages, heavy periods and estrogen dominance. He also did a depression test (happy as a clam). He decided to start me on a synthetic thyroid med (can't get Armour in Canada). Within about 3 weeks of taking the med, my thyroid started to ache and not much relief from the muscle pain and fatigue so I went to see him again.
In the meantime I had read up extensively on thyroid and estrogen. I found out that excess estrogen binds to T3, the active thyroid hormone and renders it useless. Taking T4 doesn't help as the body knows it is producing enough T3 from the T4, so the T4 is not being used.
SO HERE IS THE TAKE HOME NUGGET!!! When women lose body fat, excess estrogen is released which binds with T3 which in turn lowers metabolism and slows weight loss to nothing. (Are you listening Edna).
As luck would have it, my doctor had attended a thyroid conference a few weeks before and he had already made the decision to put me on porcine thyroid extract with T1, T2, T3 because he thought the excess estrogen was causing my problems not an underactive thyroid. He found a compounding pharmacy to produce the standards he required. I started taking 120 mg per day.
So one month later:
-muscle aches are gone
-skin is clear and soft
-fatigue has disappeared (nor more after work 2 hour naps)
-pulse has gone up to 60!!!
-exercise is a joy
-periods have gone from 10 days to 4 days!!!!!!!
-PMS is a memory
-achilles reflex is coming back to normal
-morning headaches are relieved
Part 3 to follow on weight .....