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tired all the time and sleeping 14-16 hours a day, someone help.

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I have no insurance, but I have been diagnosed when I had insurance (after 20 years of there’s nothing wrong with you) with Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, diabetes type 2 (I think), Childhood PTSD from severe abuse, Vitamin D Deficiency, chronic sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, I have had two incidents of hives from head to toe with hospitalization with IV Benadryl because even in a clean room they wouldn’t go away, They said my body was having an allergy to my body! I have had 4 lower spine surgeries and have spinal stenosis and memory problems (at my age! are you kidding me) and the list goes on, I know they all stem from one or two things, but through this I’m working a full time job, but all of my down time is sleeping or laying down trying to sleep but unable, no matter how tired I am, And of course through all of this I am always being judged and trying to raise my wonderful 2 teen boys, (they are my step sons because I have never been able to conceive on my own) That ARE my boys, no matter of biology. but my sugars I know must be up, my anti-bodies must be reeking havoc, and god knows what else is going on in my body. I will have insurance again soon, but it has been two years without it, but even when I was receiving treatment, I never started to feel better, please someone say that there is hope for feeling normal with all of this, I just want one day to wake-up feeling like my body isn’t trying to kill me. I’m 38, 4 foot 10, 198 lbs, last time I had insurance it took me a year to find a endocronologist that could treat me, how we have had to since had to relocate and dreading trying to find one again. anyone have any hope or knowledge of medically what can be done for me.

sorry for being so long winded


About HopefulMom77

Conditions: Hashimoto's thyroid disease

Doctors seen: Prefer not to answer

Treatment: Gluten free

Children: 2

Age: 35-44

HopefulMom77
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This sounds like a very complicated case, and one that should be managed by a doctor if possible. While it seems like that might be difficult right now to seek medical care, some of the chronic inflammatory conditions can be treated with basic anti-inflammatory measures while you are waiting to see a physician that can monitor you for severe complications.

The first thing that may help to decrease your symptoms would be to implement an anti-inflammatory diet. The easiest way to do this, would be following something akin to the autoimmune paleo diet (https://aiplifestyle.com/what-is-autoimmune-protocol-diet/), which will work on eliminating foods that tend to cause immune system reactions in people. It also focuses on a reduction in sugar, which has been shown to increase inflammation in a majority of people. Focusing on whole foods, such as healthy lean meats and vegetables, will always be a good start for any anti-inflammatory approach.

Exercise is also going to be important. Gentle exercise on a regular basis helps move blood throughout the body, which will help to increase metabolism and the processing of immune cells that tend to stick around longer than they need to, causing inflammation. Basic walking or swimming on a regular basis can be really helpful. Also gentle yoga or stretching can also help to reduce inflammation.

Stress reduction is also VERY important. Cortisol, the hormone in our body that is released into the blood stream when we are stressed out, will cause inflammatory responses when it has large fluctuations from daily stress. Working on mindfulness based stress reduction is a good way to help your body calm down and promote health detoxification pathways.

Other anti-inflammatory supplements such as fish oil and probiotics can also be helpful in reducing inflammation. Other anti-inflammatory herbs or supplements should be taken with the supervision of a physician that is knowledgeable in administering these products.

Jenny Bennett, ND LAc
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Answered on November 6, 2016

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