In 2001 I went to my doctor because I could sleep for 12 hours and wake up exhausted. She did some blood tests that said I have hypothyroidism, which also causes dry hair, skin and nails, weight gain, fatigue and a number of other things. The next step was to start medication and getting the right dosage figured out. This can sometimes take a while, but it didn't for me. Once on the meds I started not feeling so tired and loosing weight. I lost over 60 pounds in just a few months and was feeling good.
Over time I started and quit smoking a few times so when I gained weight I chalked it up to that and that obesity is in my genes. Also over time the fatigue continued to get worse and worse. I have thought over the years about what I could do to feel better. I debated weight loss programs, surgeries and just wasn't confident in those options. So I just continued to live with it and hope that something good would come along.
Last fall while helping some friends the conversation of Hypothyroidism came up. I was surprised when one said he was diagnosed with graves disease which caused to have hypothyroidism and became and very long and horrible ordeal for him. He suggested I see a endocrinologist, but my lack of insurance would not cover it. So again, I just wait and hope for something else to come along.
Then I seen an ad on Facebook for this Dr. Phil Gilman so I read more and was amazed at how much of it was exactly what my friend had told me last fall. There was a report this Dr. Gilman had done so I signed up to have it emailed to me. Again, so much of the information made complete sense, was what I been feeling and what my friend had already told me. I contacted the Dr's office and was scheduled with a phone consultation and he felt I was a very good candidate for his program. I schedule an appointment and he said if I was married it would be a good idea to bring my spouse, so he would understand what is going on and because he was going to be a key supporter of the process.
We went to the appointment and again everything made complete sense. He explained how everything related to the thyroid is connected to so many other things in the body and how it can effect so many other systems. Dr. Gilman repeatedly asked how committed to this I was and asked Michael if he was committed to supporting me. Once we agreed we were it was time for the next step, blood tests so the Dr. could see exactly was else was going on.
This is probably where the biggest difference between Dr. Gilman and my MD comes in. Dr Gilman's report show that 90% of women with hypothyroidism have a autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's, which attacks the good thyroid cells. Actually this is probably what is causing the hypothyroidism. Now, when I would go to my MD and complain that I still had the symptoms of the hypothyroidism, she would do a blood test and they would come back with in the "normal" range and to just keep taking my meds. What i have learned from Dr. Gilman is there is no pill for hashimoto's so they won't test for it. The blood tests Dr. Gilman does are not medically necessary because my blood levels are "normal". So it really all comes down to being insurance driven and medicine based. Dr. Gilman's program is brain based and by retraining the brain so to speak as well as fixing all the systems in the body that are being effected, good health and balance is possible. He has walls full of testimonials and success stories.
Today, February 29, 2016 Michael and I went and got my blood test results. They are that yes, I have Hashimoto's, Systemic Inflammation, and I am diabetic. Now to the MD I am pre-diabetic, but Dr. Gilman looks at other levels in the blood and my blood sugars are all over the place. This was a little surprising but the rest was not. So we discussed his plan for me which is 6 months with me going in weekly for brain based therapies for 12 weeks and then twice a month for 12 weeks, along with diet changes and supplements at first. All of which will be monitored and adjusted as I go.
Michael and I were give the opportunity to discuss this privately and we both agreed it made a lot of sense and felt we should continue the process. It is going to cost a good chuck of money, for which insurance does not cover, but in the long run it will be well worth it.
Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and support, can not begin to express how much they mean to me.