Lab work results
The doctors called and gave me some of my lab results this week. I have a severe Vit. D deficiency. My thyroid while technically "perfect" has gone up .5 over the last year so for me it's slowing down. The doctor won't treat it until I hit 3.0 on the TSH value and mine is 1.47.
What ever. I know my thyroid is slowing down so I went and got some herbal thyroid boosters and amazingly I've had less painful headaches and double the energy over the last three days. The doctor also told me that if I had a flex spending account he could prescribe a hot tub for me so that we could write it off on our taxes. I also need to get a swimming pool and start doing laps. I should also sleep when ever I feel the need because I have chronic fatigue and borderline fibromyalgia. The Vit. D deficiency actually takes the fibro right out of the equation since low levels of Vit. D can cause muscle and joint pain.
I find it interesting that until 1978 thyroid deficiencies were treated solely on symptom description by patients. In 1978 they came out with the TSH values and stopped treating people based on symptoms and started going solely on lab tests. By 1980 we had two new diseases that mimic hypothyroidism exactly. Does that make anyone else say hmmmmm? Or is it just me? I also had the pleasure this week of reading 12 or 13 different case studies of people who didn't feel any energy until their TSH levels measured between .5 and 1.0. It just goes to prove my point that doctors need to rely less on lab work and get back to intuition. Unfortunately the threat of lawsuits makes that just about impossible.
Maybe if the original surgeon who took out Colby's appendix had listened to my mothers intuition he wouldn't have had a stroke. Unfortunately I have no crystal ball to view an alternate universe where they didn't mis-diagnose him twice. It would probably just make me sad if I did so I guess it's a good thing I'm here and not wishing for something that would allow me to see that.