PCOS and thyroid show up differently in everyone. For example, Judy, who is 39 years old, has no thyroid problems in her family, no one has diabetes except for her grandmother on her mother’s side, and autoimmune disorders have only shown up in two cousins. As a result, she does not have a great deal to talk about, not even acne or a great deal of facial hair. She does not necessarily ovulate, but she does have ovarian cysts.
Judy has regular menstrual cycles every 28 days; they are heavy but regular. She does have infertility and has been unable to have children. She has even tried expensive in vitro two times, but it did not work. Judy does get migraines at the base of her neck, which is a PCOS symptom. She tried getting a Daith piercing in her ears to help with migraines, and it did take the edge off for her.
She has had a lumpectomy for a lump in her breast, but it was benign. She did have a bit of radiation therapy that messed up her immune system. Judy is aware that she has all the symptoms of thyroid issues and has also had thyroid symptoms for the last fifteen years. She is tired, her hair is falling out, bruises easily, her nails crack, she cannot think, and she is frequently constipated. She is totally confused by her doctors telling her labs are normal, and she is good. As an answer, doctors prescribe her antidepressants.
Judy has always had heavy periods, but they have begun to get worse, and in 2016 she ended up having a full hysterectomy. She now has no ovaries, and what little hormones she was producing, she does not produce any longer. Judy got so depressed that her doctors put her on an anti-psychotic. It was almost like she was bipolar, and nothing worked. Judy came to us for help.
None of this is good, but you do not have to stay that way. There is help.
Judy is a hero. She has three adopted children, and two of them have mental health issues. Judy experienced hormone imbalances, and she had no idea why. She deals with two mentally ill children, a body that does not seem to work, and yes, Judy is a hero.
In addition to all her other symptoms, her sex drive is gone, and she is gaining weight. The weight gain seemed to come out of nowhere, and that was hard.
As we listened to Judy, we felt that she had thyroid issues. When asked, Judy did tell us she had been tested for years. Knowing the medical community; we knew she had been tested on the TSH only. Other doctors tested her on the full panel, but they did not understand what they were looking for, and all they could say was, “Your labs are normal.”
We tested her in a very specific way and found her thyroid was extremely low, put her on thyroid medication and all the hormones she needed. She felt so much better for a year, and things were looking up. Unfortunately, Judy was then diagnosed with thyroid cancer or papillary carcinoma. Papillary carcinoma takes eight to ten years to grow. For over ten years, she was having thyroid tests and being told that her labs were normal. It is impossible to have a normal thyroid and then be diagnosed with cancer.
Judy had to have her thyroid taken out, and her doctors put her on synthetic thyroid medication with no active thyroid in the ingredients. Synthetic thyroid medication did help her fatigue and all the other symptoms for a month or so, and Judy felt like she needed to follow her oncologist’s advice and stay on Synthroid. We asked her to stay on all her other hormones, too, and see how she felt. Again, she felt good for a month or so, then crashed and came back with the same symptoms.
We prescribed her some really good natural thyroid medication, plus her hormones, and after two weeks, she felt much better. She gets better and better every month, her energy is back now, the weight is coming off, her sex drive is coming back, too. Thyroid medication plus hormone replacement medication works best together especially if you have had a hysterectomy.
Why This Happened
It seems quite amazing that Judy’s thyroid tests came back normal for so many years when in reality, she had all the low thyroid symptoms, her hormones got lower, and her cycles got so heavy she had to have a hysterectomy.
After the hysterectomy, Judy was prescribed Premarin (estrogen from horse urine) at an extremely small dose. She was also prescribed medroxyprogesterone which is fake progesterone and a drug that can cause cancer. It is not the doctor’s fault since they are taught what to do for thyroid symptoms in medical school. Most doctors go along with what they are taught, and only some independently study the thyroid. Sometimes all the doctors know is to prescribe an antidepressant or take out the offending organs.
Patients are left with having to deal with their physical and mental issues, and one of the most awful feelings in the world is “you have to just go along with it.” Fortunately for Judy, she found Medical Weight Loss & Hormone Clinic, and we worked with her to find answers to her dilemma.
Judy’s problems accelerated with her hysterectomy, antidepressants, and weight gain, and she realized she needed to find answers. Her answer, and an answer for you, is Medical Weight Loss & Hormone Clinic. Call them today to get off the never-ending cycle of feeling tired, depressed, gaining weight, moody, hair loss, and so many other symptoms. Medical Weight Loss & Hormone Clinic can help you find the answers.