I know I have been kind of quiet here on the blog. The truth is I have a lot to say yet nothing to say at the same time. I think I finally have words to express where I’m going and how I’m going to get there.
After a major set back in my health this Fall, I think the brain fog is beginning to clear. I’m now able to look forward and decide what direction is best to work on more healing. My goal is simple in that it is to get my Hashimoto’s into remission. Simple that it is just one goal but complicated in the fact that there are going to be a lot of steps to accomplish that goal.
The biggest step for me is that I found a new doctor and am totally excited to work with him. He is a functional medicine doctor. This means that he won’t be just treating my symptoms, he will be looking to find what is causing those symptoms and working on healing them. I plan on getting some new labs run, including a thyroid panel, adrenal panel, B12, D3 and a full hormone panel to determine what is going on with my body.
I have also recently gotten some genetic testing results back from 23andme (that’s a referral code!) What I suspected is true, I tested positive for a strand of the MTHFR mutation but what I didn’t suspect, I also had a few more. Some of which really are helping put some puzzle pieces together for me. I plan on blogging a bit more later about them as it is weighty topic.
Due to those mutations though, I need to make some major diet changes. While I was doing well and loving Trim Healthy Mama, 40 pounds down, it’s time for me to move on. (The change has nothing to do with the program, but my own personal health changes!)
To be honest, I’m not sure which direction to go at this point and am waiting for the opinion of my new doctor. For now though, I am consuming a gluten free, mostly vegetarian diet, focusing on foods that don’t cause inflammation for me. I’m looking at the autoimmune protocol. Due to the CBS mutation I have, I may need to hold off on that and work on a low sulfur/thiol diet.
As far as supplements, I’ve added a few to help with some anxiety issues I was having, 5 HTP and GABA. I don’t see these as long term but to get me over the hump until I get some of methyl paths in my body more clear.
On the advice of a good friend I started using yellow root tincture to help clear possible bacteria in my gut. I think the herbs/supplements I have been using were keeping it at bay but not killing it completely. It has only been a few days, but I do feel better since starting other than some die off, I’ll report back with more detail on this as well.
Also, since my body is not processing B12 well and I was showing some major symptoms of B12 deficiency, I decided to see what a higher does of methylated B12 would do. I’m seeing some major improvement of my symptoms so I am highly encouraged!
Lastly, I’m going to add chaga to routine to see if it will help kick my immune system into gear. I’m excited to try it after reading and hearing about results people have seen using it.
So, I think that is it for me. I’m slowly finding my way back to a routine and getting my healthy back in line. Set backs are a part of life and I’m ready to move forward!