I have been long over due to get a retest on my labs. It had been almost a year and I kept chickening out about getting a new thyroid panel run.
Yes, that’s right, I was nervous. I was afraid that my efforts toward changing my lifestyle wouldn’t show in my TPO count. (For those of you not familiar, TPO is the count you look at to see if you have antibodies which indicate Hashitmoto’s)
I know that is silly for a lot of a reasons. I know how my body feels. I know that my gut is much healthier. I know that I was able to lose 40 pounds since my last test. These indicate healing on different levels.
So, I bit the bullet and scheduled a blood draw.
And then I had to wait a FULL week to see how my thyroid was doing.
The morning of my appointment, I was anxious, I’d like to blame it on my Hashi’s but it was just me that morning.
But, my doctor walked in with a big smile. He was excited about my weight loss. He said my blood pressure was perfect (it has never been high but it was quite a bit lower) He said my thyroid numbers were still all in a good range, no need for medication. AND my TPO was lower! Yahooo!!!
I will be honest, I was hoping it would be lower than it was but it was still lower! It had gone from 259 to 214! (To be considered in remission from Hashimoto’s it needs to be below 35)
And better yet, I have a game plan to move forward to get my Hashimoto’s into remission.
1.) Keep up with Trim Healthy Mama. Not only have I been able to lose 40 pounds in four months, I feel really good! I know I’m eating healthy, nourishing foods and balancing my blood sugar levels.
2.) I am waiting back on some labs to see if I have the MTHFR gene mutation. In the mean time I started taking methylated B vitamins, which is easier for the body to process if you have MTHFR.
3.) Continue healing my gut. I know that my gut is in a lot better shape but still needs work. I’m adding a few more cultured veggies into my rotation and am looking for a good probiotic to flood my system with good gut flora!
4.) One of my promptings to get my blood work done was I was having low morning temperatures, which indicated my progesterone was low and it was. I have an appointment to get that evaluated to get those levels up!
5.) I’m going to try acupuncture. In the book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause. The author talks about acupuncture working to lower anitbodies. This is something I’ve wanted to try as I read it will help with hormone balance. Dr. Wentz’s experience has prompted me to want to give it a real try.
I will also be keeping up with my other supplements and diet restrictions. I very much have hope that at my next lab draw, my antibody numbers will be even lower!
If you have Hashimoto’s I really recommend Dr. Wentz’s book. It makes each step in finding what is causing your body to produce antibodies very doable.