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What an interesting few weeks.
Much has stayed the same in many ways.
My tell tale symptoms remain. I’ve had such cold extremities recently it’s been like having numb feet.
I am still rebounding most days (probably 5 out of 7), doing my Chiro-Kelly exercises each day and my Neuro-Niki exercises each day. This process is quite lengthy each morning, but this week I was reminded why I am doing it each day.
I had an appointment with Kelly in the week that even I, in my ignorance of all things chiropractic, could see was a massive improvement.. The adjustments were gentle and easy and my body was quite happy to move without much coaxing.
I also had a follow on appointment with Neuro-Niki to see how I’d been getting on with her daily exercises. There was no retesting yet as I am still in the throes of the daily routine, but there was a progression from passive exercises that I’d had to get Mr Strickers to do each day to now me doing them as active exercises. She said that she could see the difference in how my body felt when she did the feet-wobbling exercise on me.
This was good to hear. It’s so nice to know that what you’re doing is making a difference even if you don’t think it is. What I also found interesting was that when I first sat down and she asked me how things were I said that I felt that I was more focused and getting more done each day. After a bit more chat she reminded me, from looking at her original sheet that my first comments to her 9 weeks ago were that I felt unfocused and lacking direction. I’d forgotten I’d said that, so an interesting use of words to chose on both occasions. It was something that was really bothering me this year and maybe this is helping me to overcome it.
As I headed into week twenty eight I decided to redo my blood test for the antibodies retesting. I made sure that I did it immediately after a bounce on my rebounder so that blood was flowing nicely. It still took a while to collect but I was confident this sample would be OK.
You pop it in the post and wait for 7-10 days for an email with your results.
Very surprisingly I had an email back two days later with my results. This was going to be interesting, I could now see what impact I’d had on the antibodies over the last 10 months or so.
The acceptable range is between 0-34. Last November mine were at 251. This month…284. Bugger! That wasn’t what I was expecting at all.
I was quite surprised they’d not even reduced a bit but before I could get pi**sed off about it I thought about what was different.
Last time I was eating dairy and gluten-free replacement foods like oat cakes and crackers. I wasn’t on any thyroid medication.
In that time I’ve had the blood test to show what does raise my antibodies which was dairy, tapioca and buckwheat and I’ve removed them rigidly from my diet. However, I have also started taking medication for the thyroid which over the past few months I’ve changed because of the dairy component. My meds now are buffered with maize. Could this be the cause?
However it’s not just food that can cause these antibodies. The root cause of Hashimoto’s can be from environmental sources, leaky gut, stress and nutrient deficiencies. So I am going to address these now too in my quest (because it is a damn quest) to get them lowered and to a more healthy level to protect my thyroid from the autoimmune attack.
Am I upset? No, but I am frustrated. Dealing with my diet is the easy approach for me, I can do it, I have good control over it. Dealing with stress levels is a whole other matter and I have a nagging voice in the back of my head which I am, even as I type this, trying to shush.
Let’s see what happens when I let it speak up.
Off to spend a few days with a bunch of lovely ladies in Monmouth for a Fit Camp weekend. I am sure that will give me a new perspective.