My name is Leslie and this is my life with Hashimoto’s. A little over a year ago I suddenly developed symptoms that had me confused. First it was extreme fatigue. I just couldn’t do anything. Following that came an overwhelming, general feeling of illness. Then my stomach turned against me. I couldn’t eat anything. Nauseous all the time, my stomach hurt. Then depression, then anxiety. I went from fine to absolutely miserable almost immediately.
I went to my doctor and she ran all the tests they could think of, including looking at my thyroid hormone levels. Of course, everything came back fine. “We don’t know what’s wrong with you.” So, of course I went home and researched the hell out of my problems. As I went, I noticed a lot of my symptoms matched up with symptoms of a disease I kept coming across: Hashimoto’s. I found out that the test for Hashimoto’s, the test for the antibodies, wasn’t something doctors routinely did. So I went back there and demanded it. Sure enough – Hashimoto’s.
My case is a little bit different. While I have Hashimoto’s I am not hypothyroid, I’m not hyperthyroid either. All those levels are normal for me. But I still have Hashimoto’s and all the doom and gloom that it comes with. So there I was, had a correct diagnosis but am still suffering from all these symptoms and can’t figure out what’s going wrong with me, and I, well I spiraled into depression. Just all the time, down, not socializing, I didn’t know what to do.
I was still having digestion problems, I mean I was blending up all my food to get protein and what not, my stomach just couldn’t digest anything. I started to trim my diet down, I got to a point where I was just eating chicken, wild caught salmon, and organic vegetables. Limiting all my food intake looking for possible food allergies, anything that could be causing all this turmoil. I cut out grains, gluten. I heard the research that those can aggravate autoimmune disorders. So those were the first to go. Then dairy, eggs, stuff like that because I know other folks have food allergies to them so I wanted to make sure I didn’t. In addition to these diet restrictions I uncovered the need for certain supplements, stuff like selenium to help balance things out. I found this medicine, LDN, low-dose Naltrexone, that has something like an 85% success rate in treating a bunch of different autoimmune diseases, and it’s not something most doctors even know about it.
I guess that’s my story. My story, my life with Hashimoto’s. For the past year it has been a confusing struggle but it’s been one that I had to lead. I had to do the research and the testing of different supplements and medicines. I had to search out the resources, and find the help from other people with Hashimoto’s. It isn’t easy, especially when the disease itself beats you down, but when you understand what it is that is afflicting you, and the things that will bring relief, it is all worth it. I promise.