When Your Labs are “Normal” but you Aren’t


A few months ago, I visited my primary care physician begging her to run blood work on me to test various functions: thyroid, my blood sugar (A1C), and anything else she thought could be causing the symptoms I was experiencing. I felt awful every day; like I was seriously dying. I was waking up in the middle of the night, heart pounding, sweating like I was on fire, and feeling like I was going to throw up. I was extremely fatigued- I could sleep 10 hours a night and still feel like I needed more sleep. I just felt ‘off’, like something was just not right. My anxiety had skyrocketed, much worse than usual. When I inquired about the doctor running my full thyroid panel- not only TSH, but free T3 and T4, total T3 and T4, and a thyroid antibody test as well, she told me that she would only run TSH because she was “pretty sure it would come back normal”. She also told me to try Zoloft, that she thought maybe I was anxious or depressed. I’ve been anxious most of my life, and this was definitely not normal anxiety.

Sure enough, my TSH value (as well as other labs) came back in the “normal” range, but I was still feeling like garbage. My health got so bad that I decided I would have to visit a functional medicine doctor that would hopefully actually listen to my problems and get to the root cause of my issues. I couldn’t get in to the office for a few weeks, so I tried everything I could to help address my symptoms before hand. I started making sure I was in bed earlier- your cortisol can spike if you stay awake after 10-10:30PM. It can be a good thing at the time, but then you stay up way too late and feel awful the next day. I made sure my diet was optimal- I started eating strict Paleo again to hopefully help address any nutritional deficiencies. I started taking supplements again. I did start feeling better.

By the time I saw my new doctor, I had done some work to heal my body. I felt improvement over my symptoms. I didn’t feel back to my old self, but I felt like I was heading in the right direction. After meeting with the doctor, she said she would run a full thyroid panel because she was almost positive that I was having some thyroid problem based on my symptoms.

At my next appointment, she told me I am clinically hypothyroid and to continue with the Paleo diet (I am actually considering trying the GAPS diet for some serious healing), and to take a medicine called NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) at a low dose and we would increase it if necessary. She also said that I had HPA axis (hypothalamus pituitary adrenal) dysfunction and we would work on treating that as well. My vitamin D level was also a little low- 21 was the value; she would like to see it at least 50. The anxiety and fatigue I was feeling was caused from gut inflammation, thyroid, and adrenals. She said to make sure that my stress level is low, and to not over commit to things (hard to do as a mom!).

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

  • Waking up feeling fatigued
  • Inability to handle stress, feeling overwhelmed
  • Relying on caffeine to get going
  • Weakened immune system
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Low libido
  • Moodiness

I ordered this book, which has been so helpful in figuring out how to treat everything that’s going on. These are some of the supplements I started taking in an effort to heal my body from the mineral imbalance that is causing the hypothyroid and adrenal issues:

              • A methylated B complex vitamin- this is the correct form for people with MTHFR issues.
              • Whole food vitamin C – this is not a synthetic form.
              • Triple Calm Magnesium –magnesium is so important to the body!
              • A soil based probiotic – I love this probiotic. I can notice a difference when I take it. It helps with gut repair.
              • Rhodiola, an adaptogen that can help your body adapt to stress. This one is recommended for anxiety as well.
              • Ashwagandha– probably one of the most well known and widely used adaptogens.
              • N-A-C, a powerful antioxidant that helps with detoxification

I’ve heard ff you have a problem money can fix, it’s not that big of a problem. That makes total sense!  Dealing with a health issue has been so hard; much harder than getting out of debt!  I did have to pay out of pocket to visit the functional medicine doctor, as they don’t accept insurance.  If it helps heal me, it will be worth every penny! Some days are great, and then other days are really hard.  The healing is not linear, which is very frustrating. I am hopeful that in a few months or so I will be feeling a whole lot better! I’ll be sure to update on the healing journey.

Have you ever gone through a health problem like this?

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, this is just my personal experience with hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue. Some of the links in the post are Amazon affiliate links- I make a very small commission off them, which will help me buy my supplements.

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