Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Search for a new GP

Wow!!  Forgot about this blog again and no entries for 6 months.

OK so here is the latest news. My old family GP has retired. He has been practising Family Medicine for 20 years and he wanted to "pursue other interests". Don't Laugh. I am quoting the letter he gave to all his patients. My whole family has been with this GP for 14 years.

Fortunately last year I had done some searching  around and found me a new GP who has been known to prescribe ERFA thyroid to his Hypothyroid patients so I joined his practise.

2 days ago I went to see him again. First off I have to get blood tests done, which I have done. Next week I will go back and discuss the results. My fingers are crossed that he will prescribe me some Erfa. My insurance does cover Erfa!!

In the meantime, I have been buying and taking my Thyrogold all year!!!!!  But it is getting quite expensive now. Last year in 2014 the Canadian and US dollars were at parity. This year they are not.

AS of now I am taking 1050 mcg of Thyrogold - 3x 300 and 1 x 150 mcg capsules. I know its a lot but if I take anything less, I feel quite BLAAAAH for the day until I take more.

I also had my annual cardio appointment in November 2015 and he said that my heart was still doing OK despite the increase in weight.. I told him that I was taking NOTHING else except the Thyrogold because it is NDT.

I think my adrenal glands are fatigued because I have a huge craving for chocolate and carbs and just cannot say NO to them!!  This does NOT help my weight issues at all!!!

In the meantime my spouse and son are now looking for a new GP. My son is diabetic so he gets most of his treatment done at the Sick Kids Hospital. My spouse has LOTS of medical issues and was given 3 months worth of drugs to cover the time he is looking for a new GP.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Add Back Therapy

I cannot believe that I forgot about this blog for 9 months!!  Not Good. Not Good.  Giving myself a small slap on the wrist for that!!

Anyway, for the last 6 months - since January 2015 - I have been following the Add Back Therapy. This is where I take small amounts of both NDT - Natural Desiccated Thyroid (Thyrogold) - and ATD - Anti Thyroid Drugs (Methimazole aka Tapazole) - in order for my body to be receiving the T3 it needs and also getting treatment to control the Graves Anti-bodies still raging around.

Last year when I tried to follow the plan of taking Thyrogold for 2 weeks before increasing, I ended up taking far too much and developing Graves Symptoms again (heart palpitations mostly) and so I stopped and backed off for a few weeks. The T3 had begun pooling in my body which caused my heart to palpitate, because I was taking far too much.

In January 2015 I tried again.  Only this time I followed a different plan. This time I stayed on the lowest dose until symptoms started and then increased the dosage. This worked perfectly.

I stayed on the lowest dose of Thyrogold, which is 150 mg, daily for 3 weeks. When I began to feel bad, especially with pain in my hip joints, I knew it was time to increase, so I upped the daily dose to 300 mg. That was back in February 2015, and 5 months later, I am still on the 300 mg dose since I still dont have any symptoms.

And I feel absolutely wonderful too!!  The best I have been for a very long time.

Whenever I go and see my GP, I do so only to get blood tests and results. I have asked him to test my blood for Graves Anti-bodies, but he refuses to do so. He actually said that an antibody test was ONLY needed for diagnostic purposes and since I was diagnosed 5 years ago, I do not need any further anti body tests!!

The last anti body test results I have, are dated June 2012 when I was being treated by an endocrinologist. She discharged me back to the GP in early 2013 because I was "cured" and yes she actually spoke the word Cured. What she meant was that my TSH was now within the normal range and that was good enough for her.

Can you believe just how uneducated these conventional doctors and specialists are?? 

This is why I am doing the add back therapy. I have to go against convention in order to be treated.

So far my GP has not offered me any Synthroid. If he did, I might fill in the prescription, but would NEVER actually TAKE any of those synthetic meds. The GP however is giving me prescriptions for Methimazole, but I have to pay for these as this drug is NOT covered by my insurance.