Monday, September 28, 2009

Health Update

I went to the doctor today for the first time in three weeks. (He was out of the country) He said there is improvement enough in my adrenals to lesson the supplement for them. My thyroid is now coming to the forefront and he is addressing that with adding iodine back in. He hopes, as do I, that the iodine will make enough of a difference to see improvement, and it should happen within a week! I like that.

It is so neat to see how God designed our bodies and how my doctor recognizes that and acts accordingly instead of just a standard protocol. For the first weeks he spent each appointment adjusting my supplements to get my adrenals 'out of the basement' as he said. It was obvious that my pituitary was a player, but my body would not 'show' it. So he only addressed what my body was calling for. After a few weeks on that treatment my body started to 'show' pituitary, so we addressed that.

Thyroid is also a player in adrenal fatigue, but up until today it has not been to the forefront. It was so neat to see how my body is directing the order of treatment. It knows what I need most and what should be addressed first. I know this probably doesn't make sense to someone who is unfamiliar with natural medicine, but trust me, it is real.

I struggle with wanting my doctor to move faster. I sometimes fell like he moves so slowly, but I know the Lord has put me in his hands, and there have been a couple of instances that if he had moved at my speed it would have been very detrimental to my health. I am so glad we have God to order our steps and give wisdom where needed.

Adrenal fatigue is very complex with many systems involved. It's not as simple as take something for your adrenals and you're better. There is something called the adrenal/pituitary/thyroid axis. Our bodies are so fearfully and wonderfully made. There is also the ovarian/thyroid/adrenal axis. All of these rely on each other to do their thing. At my worst, many systems were shutting down. One of which was the ovarian part of the axis, my cycles stopped. I have said for weeks that I would be encouraged if my period came back, because at least that meant something was getting better. Well, this weekend I started my period, well, sort of, it is starting slowly and with much pain (which is unusual for me) but at least it is trying to start. Sorry if this is TMI! I am choosing to believe it is a sign of healing, even if I don't feel better yet.

It is my understanding that much healing needs to go on inside the body before you actually 'feel' it. This is what I am believing is happening. Just seriously looking forward to 'feeling' it!

A dear sister has been in contact with me and had asked for some links that I thought I had provided. I am including them in here because there are others out there who need to know about this and maybe you can direct them. I am amazed at how many people have told me that what I am experiencing is what they have experienced and they didn't know it had a name until they read this blog.

Here is the link to an awesome website by a Dr. Lam. You could spend hours, literally, reading all he has to say on adrenal fatigue as well as many other health issues. In all my reading, this is probably the most informative.

http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.asp

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome is the best book I have read on the subject.

I don't want this blog to be all about this adrenal fatigue, but about how big my God is and how He uses everything for our good and His glory, but many are praying and asking so I will update occasionally. Thank you again, so much for your prayers and comments, they encourage and bless me.

6 comments:

Deanna said...

Appreciate your sharing this information.
God bless,
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Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Sounds like God has blessed you with a wonderful doctor!

I'm so glad there is some improvement.

God bless!

Lynnette Kraft said...

It's a long process, but you're doing a good job! Hang in there!

Michelle, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for praying for Harrison. That means so much to me.

Love,
Lynnette

Connie said...

We are so thankful for the progress you are experiencing. Slow is still good!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Praise God you are experiencing some improvement and most of all HOPE! Thank you for keeping us updated. God bless you.

jacqueline said...

Hi, google brought me to your blog as I try to learn more about AF. Thanks for an encouraging report and the links! So far, the best info I've found is from Women to Women Adrenal fatigue — the effects of stress and high cortisol levels