Hey all! So last Friday I had an appointment with a new functional doctor and it went really well! I wasn’t blown off and she listened to everything that I had to say.
After I set up the appointment, I was mailed the new patient forms. They required those along with any other pertinent information to be faxed (what?), emailed, or dropped off at least 4 days before the appointment so that the doctor could review them.
Already this was off to a great start. There were 24 forms asking all kinds of questions about life, symptoms, and family history.
The first appointment is 2 hours long and I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that. That meant that I was definitely going to get a chance to chat with the doctor in-depth and talk about everything that is currently going on.
We decided to get some more blood work done to get a better idea of what’s going on along with doing a hormone panel test. The hormone test will also check adrenal levels as well.
I go in for blood work tomorrow. The hormone test is a little more tricky because you have to take it during ovulation. For women obviously, I’m not sure what the guidelines are for men. So that has to wait a couple of weeks before I can take that and send it in. The hormone test is through ZRT Labs and it’s a urine test. You can read more about the test here.
I’m actually excited to get all these tests done because I really want to know exactly what I’m dealing with so that I can work with the doctor to formulate a plan to get it resolved.
She suspects a hormone imbalance combined with the Hashi’s. Since my Hashi’s diagnosis was caught early and the antibodies were pretty low in number, she definitely thinks that something else is at play. So we’re trying to determine what that is.
I did walk away with a few more recommendations, the first being that yes, I do need to go back to being Paleo. Recently I talked about how I wondered if this was even working for me but no question, she said that in order to get rid of inflammation, I needed to cut grains and gluten out stat. I did explain to her that unfortunately I can’t be 100% gluten free due to the nature of my job (Ohhai, Craft Beer) but that I keep beer intake down to about an ounce to 3. We decided to work with that for now and see what happens. Obviously if nothing changes, then yeah, I may have to stop beer entirely which really changes things. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Coffee and chocolate are also two things that have to go. SOB. Both can have effects on the body’s ability to metabolize hormones properly and with women who might be or are estrogen dominate (This includes women who get breast fibroids during PMS/cycle, PCOS, endometreosis) it’s bad news.
Same goes for chocolate.
This really bums me out because DUDE, seriously, chocolate? I already drink decaf coffee because my body can’t handle caffeine at all, getting rid of it altogether is no big deal. Chocolate is like the one thing I have left.
But it’s only for a little while to see if it even helps. I can do that.
Also no dairy at all. Not a surprise since dairy causes lots of issues but a little bummed out about that as well.
That’s where I’m at now. Once I get test results back, then I’ll be back with an update and hopefully a full plan for moving forward.
Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She’s training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens’ health and autoimmune conditions. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.