For the past year or so I have noticed a significant decrease in my energy level and suffer from constant “brain fog”. I can’t seem to concentrate on anything for very long and get distracted very easily. Most people I complain to shrug and laugh saying “its just age” As just turned 50, I find that hard to swallow. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!
A complete physical from my family doctor revealed my iron stores or ferritin levels were very low. As a result, I was put on an iron supplement. My ferritin level is climbing back up, but still has a long way to go to “normal” levels. My hormone levels are within the normal range; so I am classified as perimenopausal. It was suggested by two different doctors that I am suffering from depression.
I also found that hard to believe, so I started digging deeper.
Naturopaths can Help
I found a naturopath online and went to see her. Although I had to pay for this visit (my health insurance does not cover naturopathic treatments) it was well worth it. She listened to my “story” and set up a plan.
She suggested testing for food allergies and/or sensitivities, again at my own expense. The options were to eliminate foods from my diet to see if I felt different/better (which could take months or even years) or a blood test. I agreed to the blood test and received results within two weeks.
Blood Test Results
I am allergic to asparagus and wheat protein. Now asparagus is pretty easy to eliminate from my diet, but wheat? Wheat is in everything! Luckily I am not allergic to gluten as many others are so my diet isn’t quite as restricted. Most grocery stores sell gluten-free products these days. I can eat barley, oats, corn, rice, rye, etc. so have switched my pastas and breads to these grains.
The bonus is, since I quit eating wheat, I have lost approximately ten pounds (most of which I notice has come off my middle) and my cholesterol level has gone down from slightly high to the mid normal range.
This naturopath referred me to a second one who is also an MD and so can order blood tests etc. He suggested that although my thyroid test results were normal I may suffer from hypothyroidism. (low thyroid function) My other symptoms of low blood pressure, fatigue, and the fact that I always feel cold fit this theory. He suggested treatment with dried thyroid. Although I gave it some consideration, I decided to wait to see if my rising ferritin level and absence of wheat in my diet would make me feel better. In the meantime, I went to a thyroid specialist who has suggested testing my saliva for adrenal gland function, stools for dairy and egg sensitivities, and my blood for further thyroid function tests.
These tests are in progress, stay tuned!