After almost 28 months of dragging myself to specialist after specialist, arguing my case, advocating for myself, and pretty much fighting the system tooth and nail I feel as though things are finally going my way.
Just a little over 2 months ago now I was diagnosed with an extreme testosterone deficiency and an overproduction of estrogen, also known as estrogen dependence. I started treatments for my hormone issues and the doctor said not to worry that I am not seeing much improvement yet. According to her with my body in the shape it is (beat up) it may take more like 6 – 9 months for the full effects to hit me. This gave me hope that even though I am not seeing changes yet, I am on the right track. Plus, the lab work showed that my testosterone increased liked we hoped it would, and that my estrogen is slowly beginning to decrease.
However, even more exciting is that she finally diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. I never in my life imagined I would be so happy to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. However, the whole time I was sick I was reading medical books and listening to podcasts and everything I read and heard about hypothyroidism was me to the letter! I was always shocked when doctors would look at one number from a lab test and say my thyroid was fine. Or, when they would run a whole panel of tests and say my thyroid levels were really low, but not quite there. (Basically telling me that my thyroid wasn’t working and was a piece of junk, but that it was 0.1 off the lab result the wanted before they gave medicine and treated it.)
Now, I finally have a better doctor, and (according to the lab results) an even worse thyroid so I received the official hypothyroidism diagnosis. They are running even more specific labs to decide exactly what medicine they should start me on. Then, I will start my new medicine in about a week.
I am so very hopefully that between treating both my hypothyroidism and my hormone imbalances I will get back to feeling more like myself. I know I may never feel the exact same, but I am hopefully to see improvements in the future.
Let me know –
Have you ever had to advocate for your own health?
Do you feel you understand your body more the older you get? I sure do.