Patient 2: Tracy
Tracy was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis 3 years prior to our first consultation. Some of the things she was struggling with include:
- Weight gain
Tracy had been to see her primary care physician before we met, who had prescribed Levothyroxine to normalize her thyroid hormone levels. However, she didn’t feel well at all while taking the drug.
She had opted to take Armour Thyroid instead and had been taking it for over 12 months when she came to see me, but she was still not feeling well.
In actual fact, Tracy was getting headaches around twice per week. She was feeling very tired and wanted to nap during the afternoon (the time at which she would experience energy crashes).
She was also feeling frustrated easily, edgy, and had a stress level of 10 out of 10. Tracy was a lady with a lot of responsibility at work. She owned her own business and had a family of four children.
Tracy had also put on weight progressively in recent years and had had trouble losing the extra pounds she had put on.
What about her diet? Tracy didn’t follow any particular regime and often missed breakfast. Sugar cravings were a regular occurrence for her.
The good thing about Tracy’s lifestyle is that she was consistently exercising three times every week. She enjoyed both cardiovascular workouts and strength training.
However, it was hard for Tracy to sleep at night. She was also getting just four hours per night, going to bed late, and having difficulty falling and staying asleep.
Two cups of coffee in the morning was helping combat the fatigue Tracy felt every morning, but it was obvious that Tracy was really just borrowing energy this way as she would still suffer from extreme dips in energy late in the day.
Tracy told me that her digestive system had been out of balance for some time. She had loose stools every day, and this had not changed for many years.
Tracy’s Test Results
A comprehensive wellness panel revealed that Tracy’s thyroid antibodies were very elevated, as was her fasting insulin levels (suggesting insulin resistance). She was also severely deficient in Vitamin D, and Free T4 was being poorly converted into Free T3 (the active thyroid hormone).
When we performed a thyroid ultrasound, nodules on the left and right lobes of the thyroid gland were found. A salivary cortisol test showed that Tracy’s cortisol levels were high during the morning, afternoon, and evening.
We also found elevated lead and mercury levels in Tracy’s body, as well as a candida/yeast infection, and gut flora imbalance.
Her Treatment Plan
To help Tracy improve her symptoms, I switched Tracy to an NDT medication and recommended that she begin a Metabolism Reset Diet for a four-week period.