By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Susanna was a 42-year-old Lebanese lady who came to see me for help with exhaustion. She had been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis a year ago and was taking 75 mcg of thyroxine.
Susanna suffered with extremely low energy, and the thyroid hormone medication didn’t help to increase her energy at all. Her hormone levels now looked good on paper when she went to have blood tests, yet she still barely had enough energy to get through the day.
Susanna also had some joint pain and muscle pain. She experienced it in several locations: her hips, elbows, knees, ankles, calves and shoulders, but not all at the same time. The pain came and went.
Her weight was not a problem, but she did suffer with a lot of fluid retention. There were days she could not take her rings off, and in the mornings her face and eyes were quite puffy, making it difficult to apply her makeup. Susanna often felt uncomfortable in her stomach. She had mild cramps and often had loose bowel motions. Therefore she didn’t enjoy eating because she always felt unwell afterwards and the fatigue she felt was always much worse after meals.
I had the chance to see Susanna’s blood test results for the last year, which her doctor had ordered. Susanna had mildly raised liver enzymes, low vitamin D, low white blood cells and she was positive for rheumatoid factor. Her doctor suggested that she was heading towards developing another autoimmune disease; possibly lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.