Really on a whim, I made an appointment for acupuncture and went yesterday. Unlike my doctor, I felt that I was being heard without judgement. My symptoms - like the debilitating exhaustion and complete lack of motivation I experience were not dismissed as "typical" "menopausal" or "appropriate for my age".
When I talked about wanting to get off antidepressants, I wasn't chastised for being on them nor was I scorned for taking a pill... Instead I was provided resources to help me with my treatment decisions and encouraged to work with my doctor to taper appropriately or try something else if I felt it necessary. I kept expecting to have to defend my lifestyle and I was happily surprised by a very compassionate, thoughtful practitioner.
I hope this isn't just a fleeting feeling. I really want to get better. I do not want a repeat of 2015/2016.
Yesterday was productive. I worked, went to my appointment and actually started to prep the bathroom to paint next week. I also read... a lot. I feel hopeful for the first time in a long time.
Kelly Brogan, MD is my new go to for all things Thyroid/Hashimotos/Mental Health. I can't begin to detail the wealth of her experience and the protocol she recommends. Simply click to her page and educate yourselves.
Going forward I am GLUTEN FREE. I've eliminated about 90% already over the last 4 years, but I'm moving to 100%. That means reading labels, eating nothing breaded, or specially baked unless specified "GF". I am also going to be dairy free (meh...) and sugar free... These three steps are basic tenets for treatment/relief of symptoms of Hashimotos/Hypothyroidism. I plan to add a probiotic (still researching what's best and will discuss with nutritionist next week). I want to give YOGA and meditation another try... because it can help a lot.
I'm upping my steps to 12,500. I'm tapering off the Prozac.
I'll continue to log food, and weigh in next week (I chose acupuncture over WW yesterday - plus I wasn't up to facing a gain...).
Fresh start - Onward...