“You have hypothyroidism, oh wait…no you don’t”

I’ve decided to become an open book….after all, we’re all human and we all have our own story. Our moments of victory and triumph as well as our tragedies and our traumas. Moments of great health and moments of illness. My story is inconclusive, messy, confusing and a rough one. Due to past trauma, I’ve battled depression and anxiety. The two have sat on my shoulders for almost 10 years now – dictating my life to no avail. It’s been an exhausting road, with a plethora of bumps and dead ends. I received therapy for my depression and anxiety for several years and overall, it helped me a great deal. However, there still were moments where it consumed every part of my being – leaving me unable to get out of bed and face the day.

I’ve always had problems with easy weight gain, sluggishness, brain fog, exhaustion and depressed mood. However, when my hair starting falling out in clumps, my hands and eyelids starting swelling like crazy, and I was forgetting what I was saying mid sentence – I truly got alarmed.

I went to the doctor and demanded a blood test to assess my thyroid. With a family history of hypothyroidism I just had this feeling that that is what was going on with me. It was a gut instinct that compelled me to go to the doctors. Sure enough, a few days later they called me and said my TSH levels were high, indicating that I did in fact have hypothyroidism. “Ah ha, I knew it”, I thought. They ordered more blood work to be done to test my T3 and T4 levels. I can honestly say that I was shocked & somewhat defeated when my T3 and T4 were slightly abnormal but still in the standard range. My doctor explained that I did not actually have hypothyroidism and that we should look at other diagnoses. In a way, I wanted to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism – so I could get on medication, treat it, and start feeling better finally.

A later doctors appointment provided me with the diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism. In other words, the early stages of hypothyroidism and thyroid failure. Still, they didn’t want to treat my thyroid. Instead, they wanted to combat my depression and anxiety first, with hopes that some of my symptoms were relieved.

So far, my symptoms still remain. And I decided to take on a different approach. Thyroid medication is unnatural, expensive for a struggling grad student and right now, not an option for me. So  – I’m trying a more holistic, natural approach. With further research, I’ve decided to increase my iodine intake with the use of an iodine and kelp supplement. The iodine that I purchased is Detoxadine (Dr. Group)  and is a high quality iodine supplement.The kelp supplement that I purchased is Swanson brand. The two are being shipped now and I hope to start them right away, hoping that in a short amount of time I will feel a difference and my symptoms will be lessened or relieved.

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