My Hashimotos Story

Like so many other people, my health journey has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride.

The picture on the left was when I noticed my health had started to take a turn for the worst. I had gained about 15 pounds and even after exercising 5 days a week and eating relatively “healthy,” I STILL could NOT lose weight. Over the next 3 years I battled the following symptoms: hair loss, extreme fatigue (I was sleeping 16 hours a day), anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, cystic acne, insomnia, food allergies, stomach aches, puffy face, brain fog/ forgetfulness, weight gain, weight loss, cold hands and feet (even in 80 degree weather), heart palpitations and rashes.

One day, I was getting my hair done and I had mentioned to my hair dresser that my hair had been falling out like crazy. She told me that many of her clients had this also and that I might want to get my thyroid checked. After my hair appointment, I immediately started researching thyroid issues and quickly made a doctors appointment with my primary care conventional doctor. When I met with my doctor, I asked if I could get labs done to check my thyroid due to my many symptoms. The doctors response was, “I will run the tests, but you probably just need anxiety medication.” A few days later, the doctor called me back and told me that my thyroid levels were in fact off and labeled me with “subclinical hypothyroid.” I felt relieved to at least have an answer to why I was feeling so terrible.

I started thyroid medication right away. Over the course of a year I still was not feeling great. Some of my symptoms subsided and some got worse. I went back to the doctor several times to get labs done to see if there was any improvement. During that year, it was the same process over and over. The doctor would say, “Your labs look great!” and I would say, “Well, that’s odd, because I feel awful!” Still feeling awful, I requested to be put on a different thyroid medication after doing some of my own research. The doctor laughed at my request and said, ” Oh, that one doesn’t work.” I left that appointment feeling insulted and defeated.

I began to research holistic and alternative medicine as I was looking for a completely different perspective. I made a consultation with a local naturopath. What struck me right away was my health questionnaire that I was asked to fill out. It asked, “When was the last time you felt your best?” I knew I was in the right place. No other doctor had ever cared to ask me that question before. I got bloodwork done and met with the naturopath to go over them. When she got to my thyroid labs, she said, “Have you heard of Hashimotos?” I said, “Yes, but I’m not exactly sure what it is.” The doctor explained that antibodies were attacking my thyroid gland. Testing for antibodies was THE missing puzzle piece that my conventional doctors failed to look into. I felt relieved that I finally got a proper diagnosis. I wanted to get to the root of my symptoms instead of masking them with more medication and being treated as if they didn’t exist. I knew working with a functional medicine doctor was the best place to do that.

A year later, I have made huge progress in my symptoms and wellbeing (future blog posts on how I have made progress-stay tuned!)

My body still has a great deal of healing to do. Join me on my journey to wellness!

Allison

 

14 Comments

  1. Wow! What a similar journey. Do you remember what I was going through when we were in the credential program at CSUSM? I had all the same symptoms and then some. Did all the same things you did, and had the same reaction from doctors. Except I tried several GP until I found one who would listen to me. I also went to a naturopath but I couldn’t afford to continue on that journey. I had to become my own advocate. I’ve learned a lot through this process. Even now I still have hypothyroidism and still struggle with fatigue, hair loss, muscle fatigue, etc. My Endocronologist said the same as your DR. Your labs are fine. This is your new normal and there is no other treatments….basically I don’t believe you. I’m sorry to hear that you have had this experience, but I am grateful that you are willing to take the time to share it with others.

    1. Oh my goodness Tiffany. I definitely remember those days, and now I can totally relate. I’m so sorry to hear about all you have been through. I love how you mentioned that you were your own advocate. I will be doing a post on this in the near future. I wish you all the best and thank you for supporting me!

  2. This sounds so familiar. Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Thank you Lexi! I’m sure it sounds SO familiar. I’m pretty sure we have the same, identical bodies! Health twins! Thank you for inspiring me to start my own blog. You are/were an inspiration to me!

  3. I am so glad you are doing this. I know you are a great source of strength for me everyday and I’m so grateful to workwith you.

    1. Thank you SO much Rachelle. Your kind words mean so much. I am grateful to work with you also! 🙂

  4. I loved hearing your story in writing. I admire your courage and persistence to find answers and not accept what your first doctor offered—drugs, and ones probably full of gluten! Happy blogging, can’t wait to follow along. I want to hear what your ND did to turn your symptoms around + addresss the hashi! And did you ever go back to that first doc? 👍❤️

    1. Thank you so much Stassi! SO grateful to have friends like you who support me through this journey. I think your questions lead me to my next blog post! 🙂 And no, I never did go back to the first doc. 🙂

  5. Wonderful story Alisson. I am so glad you are making progress with this disease and never gave up.

    1. Thank you Sandy!

  6. I’m so sorry that you had to go through such an arduous task in searching for answers to your health issues. The best part out of all this is you’re doing better and you are spreading your experience with others in need of answers. Thyroid disease runs in my family, and unfortunately, I was diagnosed too late (in my 40’s). I went untreated for so long that I developed Grave’s Disease and Thyroid Eye Disease ten years ago. All the conventional doctors did for me is surgery and prescribe medication (what they are trained to do in med. school). Thank you, Allison, for being so brave in sharing your story! Hopefully this will raise awareness and hope for others struggling with thyroid disease. Thank you for being so candid with me and sharing your insights. There are alternative methods to feeling better than surgeries and synthetic medications. I have you to thank for enlightening me (and my daughter) towards a naturopathic journey of healing.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! They mean a lot! I’m so sorry to hear all that you have gone through as well and know that it is not easy. I hope you and your daughter find health and happiness on your own healing journeys. 🙂

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