Latka wrote: I don’t think I’ve had my progesterone levels tested. The focus has been mainly on the adrenals and thyroid so far. But since I haven’t responded to the treatment as expected, and my doctor has no clue as to why, I will have to keep doing my own research and then bring some of it to him. The progesterone – oesterogen balance does seem like it could be an important factor to look into.
That’s the trouble. Like you can see in the diagram, it’s all inter-related, and those pathways are only a small part of the bigger picture. Hopefully you can find some good clues for your doc to go on. I’d definitely follow up on the oestrogen lead until you can be sure it’s not an issue.
Latka wrote: I think you are right about the adrenal fatigue, that it’s not necessarily the adrenals themselves that are dysfunctional but that something could be throwing things off elsewhere and then they cannot work (or do not get what they need ot work). Supplementation in that sense becomes a bit of a band aid solution unless you figure out what is causing the problem. For me it was probably stress. Likewise I have my suspicion that it is not necessarily the thyroid itself that malfunctions in every case of hypothyroidism; it could be something else (i.e. lowered cellular metabolism due to insufficient nutrition for example? This then leads to down regulation of many bodily functions such as hormone production?).
I think you’re right about hypothyroidism. Lifelong medication doesn’t make sense for people without any damage to the gland. Other factors are rarely investigated or even understood, so it wouldn’t surprise me if at least some people could be cured. This probably applies to many health problems.
Latka wrote: I have been a bit of a weird case from the start with my TSH levels normal, my cholesterol quite normal, thyroid levels within the range, and yet I had all the clinical hypothyroid symptoms. The only things bit off that the lab results showed were deficiencies in vit D, magnesium, B vits and iron. And low DHEA. I felt better since starting my hormonal supplementation but to be honest I was in such a bad condition that it didn’t take much to “feel better”. Apparently my lab results are not what my doctor expected them to be by now. One thing was that my body temperatures hardly improved and my doctor just didn’t understand why. It is only now that I’ve read Ray Peat and started experimenting with eating more sugar that my temperatures have actually improved a little.
Have you had your FT4 and FT3 checked together? If the ratio is high, it can indicate high reverse T3, which is a sign of conversion issues and inability of T3 to act in the cells, so you end up hypothyroid anyway. Doctors rarely test RT3, so it’s useful to look at the FT4:FT3 ratio to estimate it. It’s possible your medication could interfere with the results though.
Latka wrote: I also understand that it might not be just one thing that caused it. More like the very bad combination of eating loads of eggs, very low carb, low calorie as well as the stress caused by this. Now trying to eat more gelatin by making bone broths.
There never seems to be a simple answer for anything when it comes to health and nutrition. I do find that balance is important though. Hopefully you notice some improvement after diversifying your diet a bit.