31 July 2015
It’s been 6 weeks since my initial visit and diagnosis and, I have to say, I’m feeling good. I’m up around 20 lb. from my recent low, despite my goal of wanting to stay closer to 165. BP was 122/66 and pulse 64. The doctor was happy with my progress and based on seeing me, agrees that my progress is good. I’m working out again, and because I like lifting vs aerobic activities, I have to believe that’s accounting for some of my gains. Blood test is underway and I shouldhave a more definitive answer for where my thyroid hormones are by next week. From that, he’s looking to reduce my prescription dosage of methimazole from 20 mg (10 mg x 2/day) to just 2 mg, and keep me there for a year. My goal is zero, but he wants me to continue at a low dose to keep me at remission. We’ll see. At least, from our discussion, he’s not a fan of ablation – something we both agree on. Remission is the goal. This is where he and I differ. If I get to remission, but some time downstream, it flares up again, he would want me to go back on methimazole. According to him, it’s inevitable that I’ll have another occurrence. I don’t buy into that train of thought.
I’m doing tons of homework and I’m seeing a lot of evidence that suggests that you can prevent the hyperthyroidism from returning. This will require a lifestyle change for me to remain healthy. I’ve already removed fluoride (interfere with iodine uptake (needed for a healthy thyroid) from my dental care products and am inching closer to going gluten-free (difficult because mom doesn’t comprehend this and she still controls dinner 5x a week). I have Mercury amalgam fillings (I know there’s research out there that says Mercury is safe in the amalgam form but still, it’s a toxic metal and if I do this, I will commit to it all) and will likely get those removed with a certified Mercury-free dentist. I’ll consult with my functional medicine doctors and have some additional tests done to show where my sensitivities are and figure out next steps given my constraints.