That wasn’t the cure all that I had hoped it would be. I realized that if I really wanted to lose fat and gain muscle I had to accept the fact that this was an issue and I needed to work hard to fix it. I started running and trying different “diets” and lost a few pounds here and there over several years. I still felt like I was having issues when symptoms would flare up again. My doctor kept saying my test results were “normal” but I never researched it beyond that. It turns out that I was barely on the normal scale of TSH levels, getting sometimes into the 4’s and 6’s. I decided that I needed to find a different doctor.
After doing tons of research we found Dr Grawey of Integrated Family Health. She was very straight forward, which I felt like I needed. She told me immediately my levels were too high and I needed to have my meds re-evaluated. She listened to my concerns and addressed them all. She made me feel like a person, not just number. I love that she was so excited to share other, more natural, ways I could lessen my symptoms without upping the meds.
I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to have a good relationship with your health care team when you have an ongoing health issue. I didn’t once feel put down by Dr Grawey, which I have heard happens often to overweight people who have thyroid issues. So many people are just too afraid of being told they are just looking for an excuse for why they are overweight so they don’t seek the help they really need. If you don’t like your Doctor… find a new one! If you can’t talk openly with your Doctor… Find a new one! I have been lucky to find a doctor who believes in medicine as well as more natural ways of managing health. Some people choose to go the route of using a Naturopath. We had a great twitter chat last night with Dr Brooke, a certified naturopath that specializes in PCOS, thyroid issues, fat loss and fertility. She has lots of great information on her site about fat loss and hormone issues. She knows her stuff!
You have to realize that it is YOUR health and while finding the right doctor might be frustrating and hard and even scary… I promise that having a Doctor that you feel like is on your side will make the journey that much easier. Your doctors are there to help you, but you first have to want to help yourself.
How do you feel about your Doctor? Do you feel like having the right health team makes a difference?