More test results and more testing, 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?