Hi, all! I posted here once a couple of months ago, and I have a question.
I was diagnosed with non-symptomatic Hashimoto's, meaning that technically I have it because I have both antibodies and they are above "normal" (435 and 91) and I supposedly don't have any symptoms because my TSH level was normal (2.043). The endocrinologist suggested that I might be perimenopausal instead. She did treat my low Vit D, though. I'm supposed to go back for blood work in 6 months and a follow-up in a year.
My "non-symptoms" read like a "Hashimoto's check list":
* Fatigue and sluggishness (not debilitating, but there)
* Increased sensitivity to cold(I've always been sensitive to cold, but I love it anyway)
* Constipation which is odd, since I had my gall bladder out and that usually causes the other problem)
* Pale, dry skin (changed from oily to dry in a blink of an eye)
* Hoarse voice (off and on)
* An elevated blood cholesterol level (elevated for me, but not scary)
* Unexplained weight gain — occurring infrequently and rarely exceeding 10 to 20 pounds, most of which is fluid (uh... yeah)
* Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, especially in your shoulders and hips (yup)
* "Brain fog" and difficulty concentrating (um... what was I saying???)
* Pain and stiffness in your joints and swelling in your knees or the small joints in your hands and feet (swelling in hands and feet, pain and stiffness in knees)
* Depression (now that you mention it, yeah... just a little)
So, except for heavy cycles, muscle weakness, and a puffy face, I have mild versions of all the other symptoms. I met a chiropractor who works with medical practitioners with various long chains of letters after their names who suggested I get a second opinion and a "new set of eyes" on the situation. This clinic works with alternative treatments. I took my lab results into the clinic, and they recommended that I take B12 (which was also low, but still barely "normal"), a thyroid support supplement, an adrenal support supplement, iodine, and have a blood test run for food allergies. (I had a skin test for all food allergies which came up negative a year or two ago.) I had the blood test done, and that should be back in a week or so.
I'm iffy on going the natural route, but I also don't want to sit on my duff and do nothing while the antibodies snack on my thyroid. I have the name of another endo from my PCP that I can call for a 2nd opinion.
Sorry to go on so long, but I'm tired and frustrated and little concerned. So, my questions are:
Have any of you used alternative treatments for Hashimoto's/hypothyroidism?
If so, did it help?
Should I get a second opinion, or am I just being paranoid about it?