It has been over 1 1/2 weeks since I last posted. I’m sorry it has been taking so long.
I was feeling really bogged down in so little change and feeling depressed by the redundancy of my information and lack of progress.
It is not to say that I haven’t continued to forge through!
I was starting to sense intuitively that my yeast overgrowth has improved. I will be taking another stool test early next week to retest the status of the yeast, parasite, and bacteria in my gut. I will have to wait ~1 month for the results.
I had a thyroid ultrasound last week that I believe was “normal”, although I haven’t officially seen the results.
I had some lab testing done, though, and my thyroid hormones (free T3 and T4) continue to come back low with one of my thyroid antibodies continuing to be quite high (and in fact higher than in July 2012). I am not surprised by these results because I have been having some pretty clear hypothyroid symptoms – serious swelling of my eyes and face in the morning, swelling in legs at night, cold hands and legs, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, other hormonal disruptions, extremely dry skin, hair loss, etc. Many of the symptoms that I have overlap with the symptoms of adrenal fatigue and extreme yeast overgrowth (systemic). But some of these symptoms are more specific to the thyroid and have been increasing in recent weeks.
I believe I have had thyroid issues for a very long time, but have only ever been tested by medical practitioners who have tested just my TSH levels. A quick google search, will yield many reasons why this is not enough. The book, Why Do I Still have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Results Are Normal? has great information.
So, yesterday morning I started taking a tiny dose of Armour Thyroid, a dessicated porcine thyroid supplement. We will see how it goes.
My hope is that if we can get one area of my health stabilized, maybe other areas will start to improve.
Furthermore, I took a round of progesterone as my NP was concerned that I could be building up a lining in my uterus since I have not had a natural cycle in YEARS. In the past, progesterone has done NOTHING other than irritate my body. I did, however, have some “show” following the use of it this time. It is interesting?!! Could be a good thing…. Too soon to tell what will happen from here.
I recently tried adding closer to the maximum of my starchy carb volumes (while continuing to follow anticandida protocols) to see how my energy responded. It did seem to help initially, but then my blood sugar really seemed to get more and more out of control. It was not only dropping after breakfast, but after other meals as well. Furthermore I seemed to be bloated even more intensely. Part of the reason I have tried increasing starches is for thyroid health. I have heard on several podcasts, through various blog posts, and through Instagram friends that they have found thyroid symptoms to worsen on very low carb diets and that some have experienced very low energy as well as fed candida overgrowth. I have written before about how ketones can feed yeast. My issue is my blood sugar!!!
However, here are some interesting links to info on some of these topics:
Lauren shares some interesting ideas about overcoming her yeast overgrowth.
Elizabeth talks about metabolic health (she also has a whole e-book on the topic).
A different opinion by Matt Stone at 180 Degree Health– he has some controversial ideas, but makes some interesting points at times.
So, today I sat down with all of these thoughts about various things – homocysteine, pregnenolone, iodine, heavy metals, macronutrients, etc…..
Sometimes I feel like I should be able to connect all the dots and put the pieces together, but there is soooo much information out there that I start to get confused.
I am excited because I am doing a phone consult next week with Chris Kresser. I put my name on a waiting list several weeks ago (if not months). And he now has openings. So I am anxious to get started with him. I have only 15 minutes this week, but then I will have an hour with him by phone.
Furthermore, we are meeting as a family (well, my 2 boys and I) with a certified GAPS practitioner again next week so that we can plan our official start on the GAPS diet. Since we have some special needs, I really felt like I needed some support with making some of the modifications successfully!
So that’s our update…
Now for a few of our meals, which you will see look fairly similar to how they were looking….
Lots of veggies, a mix of beef, fish, chicken and the occasional pork or lamb meal, healthy fats, and fruits for the kids!
We’ve enjoyed some of the beautiful weather and flowers lately…
And the cute faces of the boys….
Thanks for your patience and your continued support! : )