health journey entry II: iron overload
For those of you who have been following my health journey, I wanted to give another update on the past few months! As a reminder, here is a list of my symptoms since Feb 2023:
started on a quarterly basis in July 2022 & became consistent on a weekly basis in Feb 2023
Fatigue & Low Energy
have been this way for many years but got worse after college
started in Feb but got better in the past month or so after I decreased my dose of NP Thyroid from 180mg per day to 120mg
Unintentional weight loss
Occasional blurred vision
Tests & Appts Thus Far:
Found a specialist for my migraines at the Headache Center of Chicago
Diagnosed with chronic migraines
Now have a dedicated provider with open communication, monitoring symptoms & medications
Brain MRI with contrast due to chronic migraines
MRI came back normal
Thyroid Ultrasound due to being diagnosed with Subclinical Hyperthyroidism by my PCP
Subclinical hyperthyroidism happens when you have a low or undetectable thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level with normal thyroid hormone levels. It usually doesn't cause symptoms, and it may or may not require treatment
Ultrasound came back normal
2 rounds of bloodwork (initial & follow-up)
Very high iron levels
PCP follow-up appointment to discuss all tests, bloodwork, & next steps
PCP prescribed a liver ultrasound due to high iron in my blood
Came back normal
seeing a Hematologist (blood specialist) regarding high iron levels & treatment options
seeing an Endocrinologist in July for further discussion about thyroid issues, medication, etc.
seeing an Integrative Medicine doctor to try & get to the root cause of what's been going on
What is most frustrating about all of this is that my iron levels have been high since my bloodwork in January 2022, but I didn't know that it was an issue until a few weeks ago. Once I started doing more self-research, switched providers, & interpreting my own bloodwork, I was able to find more information & get referrals for additional testing as I mentioned above.
Even though I still don’t have a ton of clarity on what’s going on with my health at the moment, I feel very hopeful about the specialists I will be seeing in the upcoming weeks & months.
This is your reminder to take your health into your own hands as you know your body better than anyone else. If you feel that something is wrong, advocate for yourself!
If you have any questions about my journey & what I've gone through thus far, I'd love to chat! Feel free to message me on Instagram here.
I'll follow up with entry III soon!