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As mentioned in part one, I was desperate to find answers on how I had possibly gotten myself into this mess. First, I went to my primary care physician to see what tests they could run that would hopefully be covered by insurance. Unfortunately, to my dismay, there was not a lot of testing my doctor would agree to do. He said a lot of the tests I was requesting were irrelevant to my health (more on that later). I did ask him to check my thyroid as I had a suspicion that it was part of the problem. It came back my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) numbers were within range. After the testing, the only diagnosis I walked away with was low vitamin D.
A few months later, as my body and mind continued to go downhill (even though I was taking my vitamin D). I decided to seek out a functional medicine practitioner to undergo more in-depth testing that, unfortunately, wasn’t going to be covered by my insurance. At this point, I just needed to understand what was going on with me. I did a comprehensive blood test which was much more in-depth than the previous testing conducted by my physician. The blood tests included a full thyroid panel that measured not only the TSH but also free and total T3 and T4. The test also measured thyroid antibodies which is an indication for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid). I also did a dried urine hormone test for comprehensive hormones called DUTCH. The DUTCH test gave an in-depth look at my hormone levels including my cortisol levels.
Once all the results came back, I went back to my functional medicine practitioner for a diagnosis. The good news I didn’t have Hashimoto’s! The bad news I was, in fact, hypothyroid, and my TSH number had increased dramatically in less than three months. The TSH number increasing was a sure sign that whatever was going on with me also impacted my thyroid. In addition to the hypothyroid diagnosis, the DUTCH test showed that my body was experiencing stage four adrenal burnout. Meaning my cortisol levels were extremely low, and so were most of my other hormones. My diagnoses showed other things like hypoglycemia and low ferritin. One thing that stood out to me when my practitioner was reading my results is that I was deficient in zinc and B6. I found this interesting since we did not test for either of those nutrients directly.
That night I went home and started researching everything I could online to figure out how to fix myself. While researching, I made my huge life-changing discovery! I typed in a search for zinc, and B6 not even sure of what I was looking to find. When scrolling down, I noticed a page that said something to the effect of “Are you saying I suffer from social anxiety because I am deficient in zinc and B6?” Being someone who suffers from social anxiety myself, that page caught my eye and what I discovered on that page explained everything!
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