My Thyroid Story - The Beginning
In May 2011 I went to the doctor and had lab testing done. I was convinced it was hypothyroid and one prescription would fix everything. My tsh was almost undetectible, that's low, right? But that was all he tested. On this basis I was urgently referred to an endocrinologist. He went over my family history - out of 7 natural siblings only 2 of us did not have a thyroid diagnosis. I have suspected for a long time that I was HYPOthyroid as it is very prominent in my family. In the past my labs always came back normal or borderline, no need for alarm, right? What a surprise! I have had symptoms of hypothyroid for quite some time, cold hands and feet, hair falling out, sluggish weight loss.
The doctor told me I had HYPERthyroid, probably Graves Disease. I was at first shocked but then disbelieving. I have one sister that had Graves Disease and all the other siblings are hypothyroid. The endocrinologist basically gave me ONE option. When my kids head off to school in the fall he would order radioactive iodine to "kill" the thyroid and its overactive production of hormones. He prescribed Atenolol to regulate my heart and Methimazole to slow down the thyroid. I should come back in August to get everything set up.
My first thought was, "I can do this." Others have dealt with much more sever diagnosis. But my second thought was "Why is this happening?" Did the doctor know? Did I ask enough questions? Is it something I am doing wrong? I became crazed, scouring the internet for hours trying to find answers. I found much information on alternative treatments for hypothyroid but found almost nothing on hyperthyroid.
At this point I was determined to find an alternative. In a miraculous twist of fate we received a post card in the mail at work. My husband, Dr. Tony Aboudib, is a chiropractor. The card had come in reference to a Chiropractic Neurology program following the teachings of Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a Chiropractic Neurologist who has done extensive research on an Alternative "Non-Prescription" support for thyroid disease. He was offering a seminar in Chicago as the first step in teaching his thyroid mastery. I begged Tony to go and to help me to figure out what I could do to avoid the destruction of a major organ in my body. There was hope! And God had a plan......