My Journey from Hypo to Happy

Taking it back to the beginning

I wish I had started this health blog a year ago, at the beginning of this journey. But I must forgive my year-ago-self, as I’m sure I didn’t have the energy or capacity for such an endeavor at the time. I’m just thankful that I do now and hope that it will last.

I suffer from Hashimoto’s (autoimmune) Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue. Knowing what I know now, I can see that I’ve been hypothyroid for the past 15 years. But I was only diagnosed last year, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. And my body may never be the same for letting it get this bad before doing something about it. But that’s no reason to give up. I am determined to acquire the best health I possibly can and treasure it for the rest of my days.

At the time that I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I knew nothing about the disease. I just knew that I was tired all the time, cold all the time, suffered from insomnia, bled every 2 weeks, couldn’t think and concentrate like I used to, and all of a sudden had horrible aches in my legs. So, desperate for relief, I jumped at the 50mg of Levoxyl my endocrinologist prescribed for me. My menstrual cycles normalized (for the most part) and the leg aches went away…but none of my other symptoms were touched. I thought I needed more of it, but a higher dose only led to neck pain and worsening of symptoms.

It was around that time that I started educating myself. I read through Janie Bowthorpe’s “Stop the Thyroid Madness” website and book and realized that MANY people were not getting relief from T4-only medications such as Levoxyl and Synthroid. So I found a new doctor who prescribed Armour and started taking it instead. I immediately felt my head clear and felt an increase in energy, but when that doctor kept me on a too-low dose for too long, all of my horrible symptoms came back.

It was also around this time that I completed a saliva cortisol test and discovered that I had Adrenal Fatigue. Unfortunately, this doctor knew of adrenal fatigue, but did not know how to treat it…so I was on my own to find a solution. Thankfully, with the help of others who have been through this mess, I was able to start self-treating with hydrocortisone cream. All of a sudden I was able to sleep through the night, which I had been unable to do for more than a year. I was making progress!

But still my doctors were keeping me undermedicated. I finally started taking the amounts that I knew I needed and again started making progress…but not as much progress as I should have been. So I had a new doctor run some blood tests and found out that I had high Reverse T3. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t treat it, so I was on my own again. But that didn’t stop me before, so it wasn’t going to stop me this time either. I am now taking Cynomel in an effort to clear out the Reverse T3, then I will see about returning to Armour or Nature-throid.

There are days when the depression that accompanies this disease seeps in and makes me want to give up. Sometimes I think this is as good as it’s going to get and I should just succumb to the inevitable. But I’m not giving up. My bag of tricks isn’t empty yet and I won’t stop fighting until it is.


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  1. * Ruth-Ann says:

    Awesome site Rainbow….it is amazing how we have had to take back all of this power we have given away to the docs and start listening to our own bodies….

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
    • * hyporainbow says:

      Amazing indeed! I only wish I had figured this out sooner.

      | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  2. * dorie says:

    Fabulous, I loved reading your blog. You validated my hypo/adrenal life with your blog. It always feels like it is in my head but it isn’t.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 6 months ago
  3. * lore says:

    Rainbow, I belong to the rt3 group on Yahoo and Ive seen some of your posts. Im a 34 year old college grad with 2 kids and a great husband who supports the “sickie at home”, cooks and cleans for me too. I really identify with your story and I only wish I could feel as well as you do now. Ive been trying to raise cytomel, but I have a really hard time doing so, as Im stuck on 17.5mcg 😦 My adrenals are fine but Im taking iron to raise my ferritin, so Im hoping this finally does it. I did have my honeymoon week when I first started cytomel back in September, so the good feeling has GOT to come back when I hit my magic dose. I congratulate you on your perseverance and finally feeling better and I wish you everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Thank you for the wave of hope you’ve brought to me.


    | Reply Posted 8 years, 5 months ago

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