Knowledge is Power

Yesterday evening I had my first appointment with a local naturopath who is also licensed to prescribe bio identical hormones and NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) I had waited almost 1.5 months to see her so I was very excited despite my world being turned upside down these past few weeks (my grandpa passed away, visitation, funeral, family time etc) 

I’m not sure how many of you know this but when I was around 11-12 I was diagnosed hypothyroid and as the years carried on I had other things loaded onto my plate affecting my health including wonky hormones, skin rashes, tummy troubles and digestive issues. Regular mainstream doctors did little to dive into my areas of concern masking the symptoms with synthetic thyroid hormone pills, antibiotics, steroid creams and birth control pills. It destroyed my healthy gut levels, wreaked havoc on my healthy bacteria levels and despite different diets and pathways I took, my hormones and thyroid levels remained imbalanced. Of course…the years of hell/binge eating I put on my body also affected all of these things.

I grew very mistrusting of the medical world, specifically main stream – old school doctors and started visiting them less and less. I stopped taking synthroid (convential man made thyroid hormone) as it made me feel like crap and made my hair fall out in clumps (it didn’t help with my levels either). I came off the birth control pill as well once I turned 18. It might not have been the best choice but this is the choice I made back then for myself – to deal with these issues on my own. I felt very let down and neglected by the medical world. The binge eating got worse after age 18 until my late 20s. I wouldn’t get a handle on that until just before meeting my husband, Brent.

Fast forward almost 14 years and one massive spiritual awakening later… where I have been counselled and guided by several amazing medical intuitives who have gently guided me to getting these tests done. They made me realize that I have come to a point in my life where I need to know what is going on beyond the surface of this body. That if I don’t take care of myself things can go into a downward spiral pretty fast.

I’d like to know what is still affecting me so that I can effectively deal with it and continue deeply healing my body on a physical level. You can make all the diet, exercise and lifestyle changes but ultimately you must know what is happening beyond the surface to make further change happen. I also have to get to the root cause of my issues so that I can keep my yeast/candida issues at bay as well. 

I was very proud of myself for committing and following through to my appointment last night. Avoidance is not something in my vocabulary any longer. 

The appointment lasted 1.5 hours and she only charged me for the hour that I had committed to prior. She read over the new patient package I had filled out (everything from morning temperatures, a week of my typical diet, medical history, current medical issues, symptoms, emotional stuff etc). She also felt that stress, trauma and binge eating throughout my childhood and teens definitely could have been a trigger for some of these issues which I have always thought as well.

She did some muscle testing and pressure points on certain areas of the body. She came to the conclusion that my gall bladder is likely pretty stressed which makes HUGE sense and connects to the stomach pain and diarrhea I have been having the past few months after higher fat foods. Oddly enough, I just never made the connection  between those symptoms and my gall bladder. When she pressed on that area it was also pretty tender. She gave me a homeopathic Gall Bladder tonic, Stress B vitamins for inflammation, tanked adrenals and a liquid magnesium which is easier absorbed into the body than capsule form. If the homeopathy doesn’t seem to cut it I will be getting an ultrasound done on my gall bladder. 

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I will also have a lot of blood taken from me in the next 2-3 weeks. I am having two different blood tests done – One is for a thyroid panel and certain vitamins and the other is to check/confirm for PCOS (androgen hormones). Pcos had always been a term thrown at me in my teens by doctors but again – they just masked it with the BC pill and it didn’t help. I have just learned to deal with the symptoms in my day to day life (extra body and facial hair, weight gain, insulin resistance and more) 

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My point is this….don’t be like me and go so many years SUSPECTING…but not fully knowing. TEST don’t guess…then proceed accordingly. Knowledge is power when it comes to healing! My next appointment will be in around a months time and we will go over the results. Wish me luck! 

Edited to add: I wouldn’t have to wait a month to find out the results of these blood tests….read the next blog post to find out why!

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