It's been such a long time since I wrote a blog and I have a million ideas running around in my head. Let's start simple. Let's just start from the beginning...
I'm April and I started this blog to help people diagnosed with MTHFR. My original aim was toward pregnant women with MTHFR. Unfortunately it has become emotionally draining to talk with women who wish to become pregnant since I came to the decision I would stop having children myself. It was an incredibly tough decision, but for the sake of my health the decision was made.
I have thought over the years that I've been away how I could expand on my blog and my outreach. The name of my blog is "Surviving MTHFR". I've been surviving, but just barely. When I stopped blogging my health took a down hill dive. I had recurrent bronchitis every few months. I would have bronchitis, followed by a yeast infection, followed by the flu, followed by another yeast or bacterial infection. It was never ending. My immune system was shot. As soon as I was getting over one illness I would get sick again. I never felt well. This this also took a toll on my mental well being. I got very down and depressed because I was always sick and never saw the end in sight. I couldn't even function like a normal human being. I couldn't clean my house. I was exhausted just running to the store. I was fatigued, had headaches, constant allergies, couldn't sleep, my skin was dry, my hair falling out, I was freezing cold and couldn't warm up, my muscles seized up and wouldn't release. I had all I could take. I was always sick and in pain.
Depressed, stressed out, and in pain I tried a functional medicine doctor recommended by my chiropractor. This doctor looked at me and said "I can tell you're tired of being sick and in pain". She just read my mind. I was dismissed by every doctor I had seen for years. They all look at me with the most confused look on their face and say "I don't know what wrong with you" or "Lose weight and you'll feel better". Then I'm handed some new prescription and hurried out the door. However, this new doctor told me she knew something was wrong and she said "We'll figure this out". We'll figure this out! You mean one day I will feel better? There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel? Hallelujah!
First off we started with blood work. This showed I had Candida Overgrowth, Estrogen Dominance and Hypothyroidism. Along with low iron and low zinc. I started treatment last week.
●Diflucan for one month and a low amylrose diet for the Candida Overgrowth.
●Westhroid for the Hypothyroid.
Week one has consisted of adding Diflucan and Westhroid. Bioidentical Progesterone for Estrogen Dominance is being reviewed by my Hematologist since I have a history of Pulmonary Embolism. Once approved it can only be used cycle days 14 through 28 and I'm waiting on a shipment with zinc and iron.
How do I feel? Much better than last week! I've fully recovered from the sinus infection and bronchitis I had last week. I'm feeling a bit tired and I think it's from the Diflucan and the Candida dying off. I was warned I could feel worse before I feel better. I'm having positive side effects as well, which include: sleeping very well, being a lot less anxious, muscle spasms improving, losing 5lbs and I'm not freezing cold every night. You have no idea how much it effects your life not being able to regulate your body temperature so this is a huge positive for me.
I'm feeling very hopeful about my treatments. It's important to have hope for the future, especially when it involves your health. I've made many changes over the years and I'll go back and explain a few at a later date. I'll be discussing diet in future blogs since I've gone gluten free, dairy free and low sugar. I'll also give some insight on what supplements have been helping me most recently. My plan is to give weekly updates on my new treatments, but bear with me if I miss a week. I need to get used to blogging again. Stay tuned.