Desperate for Answers
I’ve recently reached a low point in my health journey and I’m at my wit’s end what to do. Doctors aren’t taking me seriously, so I’m desperately hoping someone might recognize what I’m going through and be able to help.
This time last year, I was in the best shape of my life. My weight was great, I felt strong, people I’d known we’re stopping me to tell me how great I looked. I was even getting into Crossfit competitions.
Meanwhile, I was on Nexplanon and having problems with irregular periods. In January, my doctor added a birth control pill on top of the implant and my weight started to skyrocket. I gained 8 lbs during the 3 weeks on the pill, and that has only continued. I am now up 20 lbs from this point last year—more than I gained previously in all the years since high school.
Noticeably, my energy levels began to decline. At first, I noticed I was struggling to do movements in the gym that had previously come easily. Now, I’m at a point where just getting through the day is exhausting. I spent the afternoon walking around our state fair and felt on the verge of collapse. I’m so tired I rarely want to leave the house or see friends.
Recently, I also noticed significant thinning of my hair…it’s perhaps half as thick as it was before. I’m also bruising easily.
I did tests and found a vitamin D deficiency, which is being treated. Found high cortisol on one test that didn’t show up on a second, normal TSH and T4 but low T3, and slight estrogen dominance, none of which doctors have seemed interested in
I should mention that my diet exercise have remained fairly good throughout. My workout capacity has decreased, but I’m still getting in workouts 3-4 days a week. Dieting-wise, I can get my weight to creep down if i eat around 1000 calories, but *gain* if I eat more than 1200 or so. In theory, my TDEE should be around 1900.
This is all terrifying in addition to having a terrible impact on my life. So far docs’ have shrugged and made generic references to “diet and lifestyle.”
Has anyone else been through this? I need answers!