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    Fingers crossed, that's the case.

    I've prayed a lot about it and I'll continue to do so. If it's not, then it just mean's God has something different planned for me.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast
    Fingers crossed, that's the case.

    I've prayed a lot about it and I'll continue to do so. If it's not, then it just mean's God has something different planned for me.
    Searching for answers is life my friend.
    At least your moving forward. I'm proud of you man.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Fingers crossed, that's the case.

    I've prayed a lot about it and I'll continue to do so. If it's not, then it just mean's God has something different planned for me.
    I think that's a perfect attitude, one we've had to adopt ourselves with my wife. Pray for the best but still be ready to accept God's will seeing as we can't fathom the depth of His purposes and what He has in store for us but He knows what's best for us. Hopefully you can get some answers though. Knowing what it is helps alot, even if you can't really treat it sometimes.
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  4. Best of luck bro! Will be pulling for ya!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    Searching for answers is life my friend.
    At least your moving forward. I'm proud of you man.
    Thanks, buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingjameskjf View Post
    I think that's a perfect attitude, one we've had to adopt ourselves with my wife. Pray for the best but still be ready to accept God's will seeing as we can't fathom the depth of His purposes and what He has in store for us but He knows what's best for us. Hopefully you can get some answers though. Knowing what it is helps alot, even if you can't really treat it sometimes.
    Couldn't have been better stated.

    Like I've said, I have learned a lot through all of this, so there's that much that I have and a closer relationship with Christ, so if this is what it took to give me a wakeup call, it was worth it. I just hope I'm almost done learning and can get on the road to recovery haha.

    My devotional this morning:

    http://odb.org/2012/02/08/just-becau...2%80%99s-good/

    Proverbs tells us, “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord” (20:24 NIV).
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    Best of luck bro! Will be pulling for ya!
    Thank you. It is greatly appreciated and I'm hoping that Monday will be a day with answers.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Fingers crossed, that's the case.

    I've prayed a lot about it and I'll continue to do so. If it's not, then it just mean's God has something different planned for me.
    Do you think it is possible that he is stalling your weight loss until I visit America?

    That is when the stars with align and everything will make sense in the world again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcc View Post
    Do you think it is possible that he is stalling your weight loss until I visit America?

    That is when the stars with align and everything will make sense in the world again.
    It is possible that God is waiting for me to find the love of a good, hairless British boy...

    ...though upon typing that, it sounds more like the work of the devil. lol

  8. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast

    It is possible that God is waiting for me to find the love of a good, hairless British boy...

    ...though upon typing that, it sounds more like the work of the devil. lol
    Lmao!!
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  9. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Got my scan moved up to Friday morning

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  10. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast
    Got my scan moved up to Friday morning
    Alright man! Sounds good. Lets see what these results will show.
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    Jeff, just wanted to say thanks for recommending the book by Dr. K.

    I just read the foreword and chapter 1, this afternoon. It's a lot of what I've already read so far, but explained/written very well. I expect to learn a lot more as it gets more in depth.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast
    Jeff, just wanted to say thanks for recommending the book by Dr. K.

    I just read the foreword and chapter 1, this afternoon. It's a lot of what I've already read so far, but explained/written very well. I expect to learn a lot more as it gets more in depth.
    No problem glad I can contribute in a positive way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onlychevy6 View Post
    No problem glad I can contribute in a positive way.
    Most definitely. I plan on reading another chapter or two before bed.
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    Just slammed a shake for my last meal a little while ago. I felt awful after it. I can't say that's a normal occurrence after having a shake, but man, my stomach just felt like it was full of air and I wanted to puke. It's pretty well gone, now. I'll drink the first half of my "prep" concoction in an hour or so and then drink the remainder tomorrow morning at 6:30 (with my appointment being at 8).

  15. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    Just slammed a shake for my last meal a little while ago. I felt awful after it. I can't say that's a normal occurrence after having a shake, but man, my stomach just felt like it was full of air and I wanted to puke. It's pretty well gone, now. I'll drink the first half of my "prep" concoction in an hour or so and then drink the remainder tomorrow morning at 6:30 (with my appointment being at 8).
    What was your last meal ? Like what kinda shake, what else did you put in it? I find that after taking out a lot of things. My body has reactions to things. Like for me, I can't eat much egg plant or I get bloated... NEVER happened before but now I notice. The beauty of eating ONLY the foods you want is you get to filter out everything and gauge to see what food fuels your body best.
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  16. Fingers crossed for you today my recover jabroni!
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  17. Praying for you Blake.
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  18. Good luck brother
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  20. Yeah man best of luck....I don't always post in here but I am always reading, watching, and hoping that you find out what's going on
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    Thank you, everyone. CT scan showed nothing wrong. So, in the grand picture, that's obviously good news. It's back to the drawing board, though. I'm thinking it's far more autoimmune related. I'll probably finish reading that book between today and tomorrow. Here's to another trail in the journey.

  22. Well that is good that everything looks good though for sure!
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast
    Thank you, everyone. CT scan showed nothing wrong. So, in the grand picture, that's obviously good news. It's back to the drawing board, though. I'm thinking it's far more autoimmune related. I'll probably finish reading that book between today and tomorrow. Here's to another trail in the journey.
    Tbh if it was me I would do something like the gaps diet. Or the pure Robb wolf auto immune diet.
    And just eat that way until things clear up. Eating nothing that has lectins,is pro inflammatory, or messes with anything that would hinder progress back to a healthy guy flora and a healed intestine lining. I ate pure 0 starch paleo for almost three months. Then slowly added stuff back in. Finding what made me feel good and what made me feel like crap. It was rough and no one understood me. But it worked. My skin disorder cleared and no longer was I bleeding from my belly button whenever I ate too much.
    But that's just me.
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  24. Good to hear that the scan came back with good news, even if it didn't provide a explanation of what's going on.
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    The thing is, Matt, that I don't feel bad or any different when I eat anything. Whether it's dairy, wheat, etc., I feel no different. So it's not a matter where, like you, I notice any difference from foods. Is there an allergy/intolerance? There very well is, but I feel miserable enough (because I'm fat and can't lose a pound; simple as that) as is and I'm not going to drive myself into a lack of will of wanting to live by eliminating even more from my diet. If I have an allergy test that pops hot on something, then I'll do what I have to do, but there's no way I'm doing the gaps diet on my own without any data suggesting it. I have no problems giving up gluten for life; the others, I do.


    I'm gonna call my doc's office in a bit and see if I can't get in early next week. It should be a matter of he and I finding a new doctor to work with, but I'll be talking to him about dealing with an endocrinologist (which would specifically make sense because of the prolactin issue) or a doctor who specializes in the immune system (which I feel is the key at this point). I'll also have a list of tests I'll bring in; I will request that everyone he has access to, we run. So far, on that list are: Vitamin D, immune panel (hopefully figuring if TH-1 or TH-2 dominance is occuring), food allergies, 4x saliva cortisol, new thyroid labs to see where things are after adding Synthroid back in (T4, T3, TSH, FT4, FT3, rT3, TPO, TPO-Ab, Tg-Ab). I have some others written down and I'm sure I'll have more, but I want to get a jump start on having this information on hand for when I meet with my next doctor.

    He'd mentioned Vanderbilt, but I'll also ask if he has any recommendations back up in Indy. It's only a half-hour difference between the two, and if I went the Indy route (largely in case he still has direct contacts there), I could meet up with my parents more easily as that's a 3.5 hour drive for them. Like I said, I'm really leaning more toward the autoimmune route at this point and a doctor who specializes in that. Only 3 chapters into the book I'm reading, there are a lot of cases with similar symptoms/experiences as myself and a lot of them have been able to A) correct the issue after handling the immune side and B) stop taking thyroid hormone.

    I'll see what I come up with as I continue to read and make notes of other tests I want to have ran.

    I somewhat expected the outcome of today while I was in bed, last night. It seems like it's been one thing after another as far as "Oh! It has to be this!" over and over. After reading just those first 3 chapters of the book, I already thought, "It's probably this and nothing that the abdominal scan will show." However, I still wanted to have it checked just to rule it out and also because I've always had stomach issues of some sort or another. My dad has an autoimmune disorder; it's what has led to his diabetes (which they call type 1.5 because it falls between the two). It makes sense that an autoimmune disorder is causing the main problems. I always wondered why Hashimoto's was even a big deal to diagnose because the treatment was still the same as hypothyroidism: exogenous thyroid hormone. But as I've continued to research, I've learned that while that's the common treatment, it's not actually the correcttreatment for Hashimoto's. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disorder that just so happens to affect the thyroid. Therefore, the course of action to be taken is addressing the autoimmune disorder and figure out what is causing it; whether it's a food intolerance, antigens, inflammation, etc.

    So, I'm back to the drawing board, but I've got another 200 or so pages left of this book to read, which I intend on completing before the weekend is up, allowing me to have a better perspective of what to ask for when I meet with my doctor next and anticipate finding a new doctor.

    Even with all of this, and today essentially not giving me any answers (though it did; just like my brain MRI, it showed nothing wrong...which is so wonderful to know that once this other issue is addressed, I have that health working in my favor), I feel much better, today. I have a renewed sense of finding out what's wrong and correcting it.

    I'm not going to lie, I felt pretty low, last night. I've never been suicidal and I'd never kill myself for a number of reasons. It's a coward's way out, it's a nice sentence to Hell, and most of all, it would be more devastating and hurtful to my parents and I'd never put them through that. All that said, in my mind, I did play out the scenario of doing it (gun to the temple). Now don't misconstrue this as a cry for help or especially not a want for pity. It is neither. I am simply being 100% honest and truthful in all of my postings. Withholding my feelings or experiences doesn't do anyone reading this, who may be suffering from something comparable or at least a hurt that's comparable, any good. So please, there's no reason to bring this back up, but I did want to mention it, because I was feeling that low, last night. Now here I am today and feeling quite the opposite. I still feel like crap because I weigh 270 pounds, haha, but I have a drive and a desire.

    I just want this thread to continue to be a place of honesty and a chance for anyone reading to understand how cumbersome things like this can be. One of the cases I read about last night was a woman who had dealt with this for 20 years. I can't even fathom that. I just think most people who suffer from things like this aren't bodybuilders or people who wish to do that with their lives. It has always been my goal to have a body that is in immaculate condition and one day step on a stage or end up in a magazine, so it's different than someone who just has an extra 10 or 20 lbs that they carry and "don't like" but can live with. I was going through old pictures, last night, of college and grad school. I saw emotion on my face and in my eyes and smile that I don't see, anymore. I've been fighting this thing so long that I think I've forgotten what I should actually feel like. Sure, I laugh, still and I smile at some things. But so much of what I do is just a cover to appease those I come in contact with and maybe even myself, so I don't get engulfed by the questions of what's wrong and why; I've just answered them enough and don't care to address them any further--and I still don't have a definite answer, myself.

    I feel as though I'm rambling a bit, now. But I did want to update the bulk of this post to be mentioned for anyone reading who might care. Just know that I am fine, friends, and I appreciate each and every one of you. Just knowing that I have others hoping for my return to health and happiness means more to me than I could ever express in words. Thank you.
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    Oh, and seeing the results from the scan was pretty cool. For anyone who ever has one done, they really don't show you as clear as you might think. A lot of it just looks like different shapes and shades of color; it wasn't nearly as detailed as by dynamic brain MRI. The radiologist who looked it over was really nice and he scrolled through it with me and explained everything. One cool thing (aside from him explaining that all of it looked like a perfect bill of health) was seeing all of the muscle. He pointed out my abs and then you could see all the muscle in my back, too. It was crazy how much there was (if only there wasn't this extra 60 or so pounds of fat in the way lol).
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    I also forgot to mention that I'll be requesting caber to combat the high prolactin. I'd initially wanted to wait on that in case it would have been an adenoma somewhere that we were looking for and I didn't want to skew anything by treating with caber, since I really just wanted to find the key problem. However, at this point, I don't see prolactin being related to an autoimmune disorder unless it's just screwing with the pituitary instructions. Either way, I want to start treating it so I don't risk any gyno or any (more than it already is) decreased risk of being able to have children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter121 View Post
    s the T3 seeming to help you out any? Just seems odd that you say you are closer to 260 now, and have been on T3 for a bit right?
    No, it isn't. There are two things I speculate. One is the high cortisol can dull thyroid receptor sites from doing anything, thus allowing perfect numbers on blood tests, but no alleviation/change in symptoms.

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter121 View Post
    I am in for this one brother. After all the test done had the doc said anything about hashimoto thyroiditis (sp?). My mother actually has this and alot of what you have said falls in line with some of the things she was dealing with besides the fact she has MS.
    Well, my doc is a GP and he said in our last meeting if the abdominal scan came up clean that he'd recommend referring me to endocrinology at Vanderbilt. He acknowledges the Hashimoto's being caused by something else but still doesn't see treatment of it being any different than with thyroid hormone. So, I'll be reading the rest of this book and then speaking with him next week and hopefully getting him to sign off on as many lab tests as are offered locally that I request. I'll also be deciding if an endocrinologist or someone else would be best suited to work on the immune disorder situation.

    Ideally (heck, knowing my luck, this won't work lol), the immune panel will point toward whether I'm TH-1 or TH-2 dominant and that way I can try to supplement to balance it back out. I'll also have Vitamin D checked to see if that needs supplementation (I imagine it does). It'll be a matter of sorting out if there are any allergens/antigens found and then trying to figure out if the issues are coming from the gut or somewhere else.

    Additionally, I need to confirm high cortisol levels with either another 24-hour urine test or a 4x cortisol test and also figure out what on earth is provoking the high prolactin levels. Those are the two things that don't fit in as clearly with the rest of the picture.
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    I spent all day, yesterday, calling my doctor's office and getting either a busy signal or the answering machine that picked up after 1 ring lol. I can't say I'm surprised by any of this. I try my best not to leave messages because you have no idea how long it'll take them to respond. Not to mention, I'm just trying to schedule an appointment. I haven't had any luck getting through, today, either. I'll be continuing to call to hopefully get through. I'd drive over there on my lunch break, but their hours are so random that they very well may just be closed, today, and I'd be in rage mode if I drove over to find that.

    I put together a list of tests, along with my reasoning for each. I'm going to try to get my doc to sign off on as many of them as he will. I'm going to ask him if he'll get me a scrip for caber to start on that to lower prolactin in the meantime, as well as see if he has any recommendations for an immunologist. He had mentioned endocrinology at Vanderbilt, but the more I think about it, the more I think that's the wrong route. Even if I get a good endo, I'll likely still have someone who is overlooking the Hashimoto's and focusing on lab ranges on blood work; not figuring out and correcting the root cause.
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