Yesterday I went back to my Dr for a follow up visit. About a month and a half ago I had some genetic testing done and it was found that I had some genetic issues that they wanted to take care of so he gave me some supplements to help with those. I also had a nodule on my thyroid so he wanted me to go in for an ultrasound and some follow up blood work just to test out the thyroid levels and see how the thyroid nodule was looking.
When he came into the room for my visit he asked me how I was feeling and said, with a very stern yet caring face, that my thyroid levels came back and although they look good, they do support me going on Synthroid. Synthroid is a synthetic thyroid hormone. It’s the T4 hormone. Your thyroid puts out 2 hormones that help regulate things, the T3 and T4. There are some other things in there but T3 and T4 are the most prevalent. So, he said that he would put me on a low dose of the Synthroid and we will see how it goes. He also said that he is concerned because the thyroid nodule has grown since my last ultrasound. It’s grown about 20% in the last 2 years which seems significant. It went from a 2.0 size to a 2.2 so it’s still really small but apparently anything over a 2.0 is when they start having concerns about it may keep growing and eventually turn malignant.
He is a Nurse Practitioner who used to work in an Endocrinology office so he is very familiar with this scenario. Because of his background and expertise in Endo he recommends, and would have recommended if I were a patient of his at the Endo practice, that I go to a surgeon and have a partial thyroidectomy. With a partial thyroidectomy they actually take out the area that has the nodule and the immediate surrounding area.
For someone who fought so hard to get off of all of the medications that were making me so sick, it was really a struggle to embrace the idea of taking another medication. I know that eastern and western medicine need to work together. I know that there is some merit to the issues that I’m having and understanding that I do need the support of western medicine right now BUT the medication that I’m starting is something that once I start, I could technically have to take my entire life and that is exacerbated if they need to remove part of my thyroid.
Once I got home from my appointment I scoured the internet and my resources doing a TON of research and what I am hearing and understanding in my natural healing circles which include some very respected names in the field that I trust wholeheartedly, I found that there understanding of the need to remove part of the thyroid and that if part of it is removed their thought I that the remainder will compensate and start working it’s magic and picking up the slack. There is a hope and chance that the function will go back to normal and negate the need for the thyroid medication moving forward.
So, where am I right now? I reluctantly took my first dose of Synthroid this morning. It is Synthroid 50mg once a day on an empty stomach. From what I’m understanding, the Synthroid will actually bind to other elements in food or chemicals in your system and they could attach to your thyroid if in your system when you take the medication. Water only, no kombucha or tea or anything else. So, I took it about an hour ago on an empty stomach and I’m not really feeling anything from it yet.
I didn’t really sleep very well last night. I think that I am just a bit stressed out trying to figure out what direction I want to go in and trying to wrap my head around the insurance. I have my insurance with a yearly deductible but my flexible spending is from November to November SO if I get the surgery before the end of the year my $2,000 deductible will be covered by my flexible spending, however my deductible will reset on Jan 1 so any follow up care or follow up procedures that I may need will again be a $2,000 deductible.
It’s the beginning of October so I don’t know – I think the next step is to find a good endocrinologist. I’ve got some feelers out asking for any referrals for a good one in our area that will actually sit and talk to me and help me understand what my options are. If I do the surgery, after the surgery will I need the Synthroid for the rest of my life? I’m really worried most about the side effects. I really don’t like taking prescriptions because of the other things that they do to your body.
I also need to get another biopsy and testing done. I’ve have a few biopsies in the past and they all came back ok. The third decision that has been weighing on my mind is, do I get it cut out now while it’s still small since it’s growing or do I try to support it with the Synthroid and hope that it stops growing but if not hen have to have a larger portion of the thyroid taken out if it does grown…I don’t know. It’s a really tough decision to make.
I wanted to share this with you guys because this is a perfect example of the things that we with ‘invisible illnesses’ go through. As healthy as I am and as good as I usually feel, I still have issues. I still have problems. I still have the fatigue. They’re telling me that the Synthroid will help with all of that so we’ll see…I don’t know, I don’t know. That’s where I am right now…I don’t know…
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