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Wellness Discussion–Hashimoto’s Disease and autoimmune disease

More test results and more testing, Autoimmune Disease.

Wellness Discussion Autoimmune Disease

Wellness Discussion Autoimmune Disease

It’s time for another wellness update! Over the past month I have gone back for more blood work, a fasting glucose test and oral glucose tolerance test. The endocrinologist that I am working with at Dartmouth Hitchcock had scheduled further testing for me after my Hashimoto’s disease diagnosis to rule out the possibility of two other autoimmune disorders including autoimmune diabetes (LADA). Thankfully after enduring these tests and waiting for the results to come back I am negative for these other autoimmune diseases! Phew! The thought of having autoimmune diabetes (LADA or Diabetes type 1.5) was a scary thought as this diagnosis would have been completely life changing and would have required insulin treatment along with other medications, changes in exercise habits, and dietary changes. Thankfully though this is not the case and I can stop reading “Dr. Google” about that!

My thyroid levels were checked again and even though my body is producing thyroid antibodies (hence the Hashimoto’s Diagnosis) my thyroid hormone levels are still within the normal ranges. I have been taking a low dose of synthyroid since my diagnosis and am tolerating it well (thankfully no hyperthyroid symptoms). I still may need to make some dietary changes like looking into the Auto-immune protocol (AIP) which is a way of eating that many people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis  and other Immune Disorders follow.

Now I do have another round of testing still to come. According to the Hormone Health Network,

“Cortisol is one of the steroid hormones and is made in the adrenal glands . . . Because most bodily cells have cortisol receptors, it affects many different functions in the body. Cortisol can help control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, help reduce inflammation and assist with memory formulation. It has a controlling effect on salt and water balance and helps control blood pressure. In women, cortisol also supports the developing fetus during pregnancy. All of these functions make cortisol a crucial hormone to protect overall health and well-being.

My cortisol levels were low when they were measured the first time. This could be an indicator of adrenal fatigue and another possible auto-immune issue. As soon as I have my lab slips I will have my cortisol level rechecked. If this test is abnormal then I will need a second test that includes an injection and then another blood draw. I am beginning to feel like a pin cushion but am happy because we are getting to the bottom of why I have been feeling so foggy, tired and just plain off lately.

Despite going through all of this I am trying to keep a positive attitude and to get back on track with my triathlon training for the Timberman Half Ironman. The kids have been at camps over the past two weeks which has allowed for some time to swim bike and run in some of my most favorite places in New Hampshire. You can’t get any better than swimming in a lake right in the heart of Franconia Notch, New Hampshire in the White Mountains.

What are your current wellness goals? What do you struggle with when it comes to your own personal wellness?

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30 responses

30 responses

  1. I wish you continued success with getting information about your own situation. It can be so frustrating when you know there is something and you cannot get the answers you want. I have a situation too and have been testing/waiting for about 3 years now and just getting nowhere, slowly! But keep on keeping on! 🙂

  2. I have an appointment to get my gut checked in August. My current goals are just to stop eating processed foods and cut down on sugar so far going well. I hope things work out and you start feeling better.

  3. Oh, gosh. I’m sorry you’ve been going through all this but glad you are getting some answers. I’ve studied some autoimmune disorders for work but not Hashimoto’s in particular. Good for you for still doing what you can with your training.

  4. I wish you luck on your new journey into this disease – you’re already doing yourself and your body well with all of the activity that you do. Persistence and listening to your body are key – as well as advocating for yourself with your doctors. I was diagnosed with hashi’s 15 years ago and it has been a very up and down battle since- though i can usually tell when my TSH is creeping up again and it is time to adjust my meds by how I feel. I had many doctors in my 20’s tell me “I look young and healthy” and had to convince them that i did not feel right. Keep at it, and you will get this autoimmune under control!

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