About two years ago after my mother had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I had my thyroid levels checked and found out that I had hypothyroidism.
Up to this point I was quite healthy and active. I would have never thought there was anything wrong. Because of my mother’s history and the fact that my numbers were still high after going on Levothyroxine, I began seeing an endocrinologist. She and I began tracking my numbers which had dropped from the original TSH of 9 down to 3.4. I still didn’t have a lot of issues that many people who suffer from hypothyroidism tend to have, such as abnormal weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, and many more.
After seeing my doctor for about a year with appointments every three months and adjusting my medications, more hypothyroid related symptoms began appearing. The first problem was numbness in my hands and legs which my primary care doctor thought could be carpel tunnel. However, the endocrinologist knew the direct link that the thyroid has to the nervous system and she said that was probably the problem and we would keep an eye on it.
As time went on, more and more issues with nerves and other systems began appearing, such as irregular menstrual cycles. Again we thought it was a complication of my thyroid which was causing this problem, but I went to my gynecologist to have it checked. I then had to have ultrasounds and other tests done to determine where this new set of issues was coming from which led right back to my thyroid.
It wasn’t until about 8 months ago that the final issue struck, which was my back. Up until this point, I thought my back pain was some symptom of all the other issues that had been taking place and the battle I was having with my thyroid. Then as I was going to pick up a piece of paper off the floor my lower back went out. I could barely walk and standing for long periods of time was difficult to stay the least. After suffering from this back pain for about two weeks, I decided I needed to have someone look at it because it wasn’t getting better. Not wanting to have medicines and surgery as the only treat, I went to see Dr. Paul Baker at Baker Chiropractic and Wellness.
Dr. Paul informed me that my back was quite bad in many different places but that he could definitely help me but it would take some work. I also learned that when you have subluxations of the spine that it affects every part of your body. Dr. Paul and I discussed a treatment plan and how I would probably start to see a lot of my health issues start disappearing or even improve.
After six months I am glad to report that all my thyroid related symptoms are completely better. I no longer have any numbness or shooting pains in my hands or feet. Plus my numbers on my thyroid have now been in the normal range of 1.4 for about five months. I couldn’t’ be happier. I am hoping that with continued help from Dr. Paul that I will be able keep my thyroid levels down and all the symptoms at bay.*
– Shelley Smith
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*Please note, there is no guarantee of specific results with our care and results may vary. Please contact us to discuss your specific condition.