Everything has its place. That is a motto I repeat to myself often. Sometimes you need to do things just to get to the next step.
I have found myself doing this more often as I dig deeper into finding the root of my health issues. My health is important and while I’m not a fan of conventional treatment, it has its place. I have always told myself that if I need a medication, I will take it as a step towards healing. Sometimes our bodies become broken and in need of a Band-aid.
(written by contributing writer, Jessica)
Currently, my body is in need of a Band-aid. Between my Hashimoto’s and a drawn-out miscarriage, my body was in crisis. My progesterone is tanked out. After long discussions and a lot of thought, I decided that I need to work with a doctor to help my body. What I knew to work wasn’t working and it was beyond my knowledge at this point.
I literally cringed when my doctor flippantly told me I need to take progesterone as I had about zero.
I do know this isn’t a permanent thing, it is a way to help my body heal. Band-aids aren’t meant to last forever, they are to be used until the wound is healed. In my case, I will take the progesterone while my body continues to heal. I will continue to work on healing my gut and supporting my thyroid until my body can balance my hormones on its own.
Thyroid medications are dispensed often times without thought by practitioners, “Here, take this, it will make you feel better!” While it is very probable that if your thyroid panel numbers are out of range properly dosed medication will help you feel good, they are not always the solution to long-term healing and health.
Looking past the upfront issue to dig deeper into health is what will bring healing. Yes, your thyroid may be causing your symptoms but what caused your thyroid to act upon you?
Supporting your body with nutrition, supplements, and cleansing can help bring you to a place of repair. The medication will bring you to a place of functioning so that you can work on healing. I know too well how difficult it can be to wrap your mind around diet and supplements when your body is fighting you each day.
Finding a practitioner that will help look past just the thyroid is the key…and frankly, is rather tricky. Most doctors just want to prescribe a medication for your thyroid and run labs once or twice a year. It makes me angry when I hear of so many people suffering from debilitating thyroid symptoms that could be managed with diet, supplements, and medication if someone would listen to them.
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Covering up the problem with a medication is only going to work for a while. A lifetime spent on a medication meant to boost the thyroid may possibly cause long-term damage. This is particularly true when it comes to autoimmune conditions that can cause swings between hypo and hyper thyroid-ism. While a medication may work one day, it can totally reek havoc on your body if you start to swing in a different direction.
This is why addressing the needs of your body becomes crucial. Each of us is so different in our needs, we need to look at the entire picture our body is trying to paint.
Please don’t misunderstand my words, thyroid medications have their place. They can be the breaking point of getting our thyroid working so our bodies can function. Some of us need those medications for life, with tweaks as our thyroid ranges change. Don’t be afraid of medication if you need it, it can be a much-needed Band-aid to your healing.
However, don’t underestimate your body’s ability to heal when cleansed and given the proper nutrition it needs through food and supplements. Don’t ignore your symptoms, push to get answers to what your body is telling you. There is hope for healing from thyroid disorders.
Do you take thyroid medication? How has it helped in your healing process?