Series: New Meds. Entry 7. Series: My AF. Entry 6: Six Months Into NDT: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid

Six months! It’s gone SO fast since I started NDT, just before Christmas last year. 

And well, to put it simply, I’m pretty much there. Yep, almost fully recovered!

There was a dip a couple of weeks ago that I covered in another blog here, where my endo got me to lower my 2 grains a day to 1.75, but after I raised it back up to 2 grains a day, after a week or two, I was back to where I was before.

I still need to test my adrenals; I ordered the kit nearly three weeks ago now, so it’s sat waiting in my living room for me to complete. I’m just wanting to be sure that I feel well when I do it, because I know the lower NDT for a few weeks will have added some adrenal stress, so testing my adrenals seemed pointless when I know they’ll come back a bad. I want to test them when I feel well so I can see how my cortisol levels are at that point. Seems like a waste to feel like crap and test them, when I know I’ll be feeling better in a few days. I plan to do it next Sunday when I have a whole day to just do it at home. Doing it at work isn’t an option since I don’t have a freezer there to freeze the saliva samples straight away.

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I’m waking up feeling refreshed at 7am, I’m getting tired at a normal time of 9pm, my weight is coming off as I stick to a 1500 calorie controlled diet and I have no more thyroid or adrenal symptoms. My fatigue is lifting a lot more since I started Magnesium Malate. I am dosing it three times a day, taking one tablet with each meal.

I don’t want to speak too soon, but I am feeling really really well. When I think about how ill I was six months ago, it breaks my heart. I was in such a dark place, with the thought of forever living a half-life, merely an existence, making me feel suicidal, with no doctors listening to me. I’ve taken it all back in to my own hands and look where I am. It makes me angry that I was left to feel so unwell whilst doctors were blind to the fact that I was not adequately treated for my thyroid and that I did indeed have adrenal fatigue. They dismissed all my concerns and made me out to be a hypochondriac and just depressed.

Sure, it hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to do a hell of a lot of research, and trial different things, but it’s more than any doctor did in the six months I was on Levo. Six months on Levo was killing me and making me worse and worse and worse. Six months on NDT has done the complete opposite and given me my life back.

My adrenal fatigue has been half the problem, since fixing that has also made a huge difference, but the adrenals and so many other aspects of the body will not heal until you start working on fixing the thyroid levels that are out of whack. For me, this was the case.

I had blood taken on Wednesday, so I’ll be going doctors tomorrow to hopefully see what they came back as.

I suspect I will have ups and downs as I go through life, forever on my thyroid journey, but I have a better handle of things now, am more prepared and more educated.

My fundraiser run is also coming close. Less than two weeks away! – https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/unitedunicornsforthyroiduk 

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-Rachel

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