Monday, January 10, 2011
One Day at at a Time: Ain't it Funny How Time Slips Away?
It's been a month since my last post. I pretty much forgot that I have this blog. All my computer time lately has been devoted to researching Hashimoto's, an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid. Emma has it. She was unable to complete her finals last semester because of brain fog, hypoglycemia, short-term memory loss, and anxiety attacks. Apparently the Hashimoto's was triggered by the stress of school, although she has had some mild symptoms for a long time. I'm sure now that her navigational problems must have something to do with the brain fog. We are addressing the disorder with Dr. Kharrazian's protocol as described in his book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal. The first step was going gluten-free and addressing her severe vitamin D deficiency with emulsified Vitamin D. Now we are in Phase II, which is a 3-week detox/elimination/provocation diet. The goal is to find out which foods she is sensitive to and eliminate them permanently so that she is not constantly firing up her immune system.
The interesting thing about Hashimoto's is that one goes back and forth between being hypo and hyper-thyroid. Emma says that hyper is definitely more fun as she has lots of energy then, as opposed to hypo when she is severely fatigued and often depressed. The down side of hyper is that it also makes her heart race, keeps her awake all night, and makes her feel light-headed.
The Healthy Skeptic has an excellent series on thyroid disorders.
So that's the highlights for today.