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My history first:
I'm 54 years old and my entire life since I was age 14 I have been no more then 105 lbs. In 2000 I had half my thyroid taken out and currently on 88 mcg of levoxyl for hypothyroidism. I put on 20 lbs from thyroid however over the past 3 years very strange symptoms have been occurring and all thought to be my thyroid. Now my doctor doesn't think so.
My symptoms are extended stomach that makes me look 10 months pregnant. I now weigh 135 lbs yet my arms, legs and everywhere but my belly still look like if I am 105 lbs. Constipation, memory fog, fatigue, depression, muscle aches. (tore both rotator cuffs by just tossing a little cat toy).
One visit my vitamin D was low so I was given the mass dosage. I had to repeat this twice, then take a normal supplement. Then I started to have what masked as a kidney problem. All test which included ultra sounds were negative. It cleared up yet the bloating stayed. New symptoms arrived. I'm not experiencing swelling from the abdomen down to my calves.
After test after test, colonscope, endoscope, ultra sound, blood test, all shows normal. I'm lucky in that my doctor is great. She knows something is going on and it isn't my thyroid.
She tested blood again and found I had a Vitamin B-12 deficiency and ordered me to take 1000 mcg a day. Didn't help still bloated.
Then she put me on a hormonal patch (climara) a low dose one. No results with the bloating
Then I read something interesting and decided to try it. I have yet to speak to my doctor about this so I warn everyone to be careful if they try it.
I read about the genetic marker of the MTHFR. Some websites report that 3 out of 5 people have it, some say 2 out of 5, and one report was 4 out of 5. Anyway.
I ordered through Amazon the 5-MTHF 10 mg, http://www.amazon.com/Metabolic-Mainten ... 358&sr=1-6
and Methyl B-12 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F0R7VE
After 3 days my stomach went down, my weight is 124 right now after the 3 days. I felt vibrant, zero depression, I actually woke up feeling rested. I was feeling a little too much racy like if I drank too much coffee so now I am playing with the dosage and taking the 5MTHF every 3 days but I'm taking the B-12 every day.
I'm also still on the patch.
Now I believe it is one of these three things that is working.
I am going to be getting a CatScan next week to make sure nothing is there in the pelvic or abdomen that the endoscope and ultra sound did't pick up. I expect this test result also come back negative.
I will request my doctor order the gentic test to see if I have it. The test the doctor should write to the lab is called MTHFR.
Some insurance companies do not cover it so make sure you check on that. If not the test shouldn't cost more then $150.00 dollars.
Please read up on MTHFR and the 5-MTHF there are youtube video's on the MTHF I think if you search "The new 5MTHF Craze"
MTHF is basically folate acid in the pure form. Your body goes through about 4 stages to process regular folate acid you get from foods to the pure form of methyltetrahydrofolate. The 5-MTHF bypasses the body so that you get what you need immediately. It works with B-12 so you have to take both together. Now the 10mg might be too much for some. If you can find Methyltetrhydrofolate in 5mg I would buy that one. Thorne labatories does make a 1 mg one but I don't think you'll see results from that.
Most doctor's are not aware of the deficiency with Folate Acid and when they test for it, they test wrong.
Now my hypothesis is that it is a Vitamin B-12 Deficiency which would raise your folate acid if your blood was tested but you really do not have too much folate acid. It takes a long time for a Vit B-12 deficiency to show up on lab work.
There would be no harm to try this as they are water soluable however if you feel that racy feeling decrease the 5MTHF but do keep taking the B-12.
If this doesn't work and you are a female I would suggest it is hormonal.
I have 3 things going on with me
Thyroid (by the way, it took 3 years of me feeling hypothyroid before my lab values actually showed up. if your Tsh is over 3.00 you need medication) Find a new doctor if they disagree.
Deficient in vitamins