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Week 9 of my Health and Weight Loss Dairy and I’ve finally accepted that conventional medicine just ain’t going to cut it!
It took an appointment with a top London endocrinologist for me to finally accept this, but more on that later!
Plus could tapping (also called Emotional Freedom Technique) hold some answers?
Here is a list of my previous diary entries in case you’re interested:
- How to make bone broth that is actually drinkable (Week 1 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
- How to stop IBS-D in it’s tracks! (Week 2 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
- One step forward, two steps back…(Week 3 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
- The frustration of stagnation! (Week 4 of Healthy and Weight Loss Dairy)
- Fibre Is Not My Friend! (Week 5 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
- No Focus, No Progress! (Week 6 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
- Just Gotta Keep Going! (Week 7 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
- Just Sticking To The Plan! (Week 8 of Health and Weight Loss Diary)
I’ve also written a post listing the top 16 IBS cures and treatments which you might like to read!
HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS DIARY
You can find all the details of why I started this diary right here. Curing my chronic health conditions is my main priority, particularly my IBS and leaky gut. While the weight loss is more of an added bonus, but nonetheless something I’ve been trying to achieve for a while!
TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S NUMERICAL STATS:
(The first number was my week 8 stat and the second number is where I am now…)
Weight: 182.8 lbs –> 182.8 lbs
Bodyfat Percentage: 36.8% –> 35.5%
Right Arm: 12.5in –> 12.5in
Left Arm: 12.5in –> 12.5in
Chest: 41.5in –> 41in
Waist: 35.5in –> 34.5in
Hips: 44.5in –> 44in
Ass: 47.5in –> 47in
Right Thigh: 25in –> 25in
Left Thigh: 25.5in –> 25.5in
- 0 pounds lost (or gained)
- 1.3% body fat percentage lost
- 2 inches lost
No weight loss but my measurements and body fat reduced, wooo! Realistically this is probably just the bloating from my period going but still it’s nice to see the lower numbers.
HOW HAVE I BEEN FEELING?
Again my IBS hasn’t been too happy this week because I was on my period. But hopefully it should settle down next week.
One thing that’s been a big problem is my headaches and migraines. I’m back to having them nearly every day and taking so many painkillers I know isn’t good for my gut. I’m not really sure what to do about them.
My headaches are normally triggered by my back or stress, so I went to the osteopath, which often helps, but that made no difference. I do know I’m quite stressed, except I’m not actually stressed about anything. I’m just in this weird continuous state of tension for no apparent reason!!!
And not only is this bad for headaches, but it’s also bad for my gut, weight loss and pretty much every condition that I have…. So I definitely need to get my stress under control, it’s just kind of difficult when you aren’t really stressed about anything (or maybe I’m stressed about everything).
Either way this is where I’m thinking tapping could come in.
I have seen a lot of people talk about it but I always thought it seemed a bit stupid (yeah I know, the girl who thinks homeopathy is great, is a skeptic about another alternative health option with scientific evidence to back it up). But my Mum brought me a book on it because she’s always on the hunt for anything that might help me and having read the first couple of chapters I’m a little hooked. So I will keep you updated on my tapping adventures too! (Assuming I actually manage to finish reading the book, I haven’t got very far with my hormone book yet…)
So what did the endocrinologist say?
First maybe I should explain why I went to see an endocrinologist who deals with hormones rather than a gastroenterologist who deals with stomach issue!
So I didn’t particularly want to go and see a gastroenterologist because I knew exactly what they would do and say having spoken to my GP about this extensively. They would do some tests and investigations, then tell me I have IBS and that is nothing they can do for me so go try FODMAP… Well I already know I have IBS and I’ve tried FODMAP sooooo I needed a different plan.
So why an endocrinologist?
- A few tests I had done with a nutritionist I was working with a couple of years ago suggested a hormone imbalance (particularly oestrogen dominance despite having a Mirena coil emitting progesterone…)
- I’m in this constant state of stress so hello cortisol
- I have Raynaulds which is primarily caused by stress
- My lack of weight loss could be hormonal as hormones control a lot of weight related things
(Okay there was a few other reasons but I can’t remember them right now.)
I was slightly concerned I may have a thyroid issue and thought that the endocrinologist could do some sort of mass testing and check the level of all my hormones.
The Doctor was super nice, did a physical check and read through every random test and piece of paper I showed him.
He explained I definitely didn’t have a thyroid issue because my previous blood tests from last year show no thyroid or hashimoto’s thyroiditis markers, plus because I’ve had these issues for well over five years, if it was from my thyroid apparently I would be showing physical visual thyroid signs, which I’m not.
Okay well that’s good, no thyroid problem.
But then the Doctor explained that unless I need a tablet for my thyroid or insulin for diabetes there isn’t anything he can do for me within the confines of conventional medicine. Seeing as I don’t have a hormonal issue in the eyes of conventional medicine he cannot help me. But he is going to refer me to someone he knows in the more holistic health arena that he recommends, so fingers crossed!