I truly believe that God directs our path to certain people and I am so glad that he directed me to Dr. Mark Flannery! Dr. Flannery has helped me so much, but let me start from the beginning. I am a mother of two boys and one of my boys has a muscle disease. Since he has been born there has been extra stress on me to make sure his health needs are taken care of all the time. I also work long hours, which complicates things. I wouldn’t eat for half the day and I drank two pots of coffee a day to keep me going. Despite all that coffee I was still tired all of the time.
I knew that something was going on with me when I literally could not get off the couch to make my children dinner one night. I was sick all the time. I also started to have night sweats and I would feel dizzy on and off. I look back now and wish I treated my body better, but I just didn’t have the knowledge that I do now. I can now see that chronic stress plus treating my body bad for so long manifested as sickness.
It just hit me one night. I had not eaten since breakfast and I was making dinner. All of a sudden I felt faint and I fell to the floor. I was so lucky I had a friend over to help me that night. He administered several spoonfuls of sugar into my mouth and I ate a little dinner to bring my blood sugar up, but I felt bad! I had tremors, terrible anxiety, and I was still feeling faint. I asked him to take me to ER. The doctors there told me my blood sugar was low, but that is all they could find wrong with me and sent me home.
I got worse: I couldn’t work, I couldn’t sleep, I had tremors, I felt like I could feel my thyroid in my throat. I started having increased hot flashes and I lost tons of weight. I went to my primary doctor and told her that something was wrong with me. She told me that it was stress and prescribed me antidepressants, sleeping pills, and did more tests that came up negative.
I went to multiple doctors and they all told me that there was nothing wrong with me. In the meantime I was getting worse. I started having blurred vision, dizzy spells, brain fog, and I couldn’t think right. I was still so tired, and jittery. I had these spells where I could feel the blood rushing to my head and now I was gaining weight.
I took my health issues into my own hands and started looking for answers. I thought it was perimenopause or thyroid issues even though the other doctors tested me and said that it wasn’t my thyroid. I finally found a doctor that would listen to me. She did some tests and diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s disease. She prescribed Synthroid, a thyroid medication, but it didn’t help. I still felt bad so I kept pursuing information on the web about thyroid issues.
I found Dr. Kharrazian’s book “Why Do I still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal”. Through that book I found Dr. Flannery’s information and I called to make an appointment. I was skeptical at first, having a doctor that was in California while I was in Michigan, but I needed the help. Dr. Flannery listened to me, was very understanding, and assured me that I wasn‘t “loosing my mind”, even though I felt like I was. He wanted a thorough health history from me, which no other doctor had asked for up to this point. After we went through my health history he ordered some tests to help figure out what was really going on with me.
The test results were devastating to me. I found out that my body was attacking itself, and at least twenty-one tissues in my body were being attacked by my immune system. I learned that I was dealing with some intestinal parasites, low blood sugar, low vitamin D. and many other abnormal lab markers. I also found out that I was never going to be able to eat certain foods again because they caused my immune system to react leading to further tissue damage. Dairy, coffee, grains, corn, egg, and rice were among the foods I could never eat again. I cried for several days. I realized that what I was dealing with was much more than just Hashimoto’s. Dr. Flannery told me that it was good that we have that information because now I could start working towards healing myself, and that’s just what I did. I had to look at all the positives about this new life style change.
I had to look at what I could eat and started making healthy and tasty meals. Dr. Vera Flannery made a twenty-eight day meal plan that has fantastic recipes. I began following Dr. Flannery’s advise and I began eating every two hours and started taking the supplements that he recommended. It wasn’t long before the symptoms started going away. I didn’t feel like I was going to pass out. The brain fog, blurred vision, and tremors went away. I now have energy and I am not abnormally tired. I lost a lot of weight and have kept it there. No more yo-yo weight gain and loss. This is the first summer in a long time that I have been able to do yard projects. I am not sick all the time anymore. I feel like I have a life again.
I am not going to tell you that it hasn’t been tough making this diet change and I am going to have to be on supplements for a while because I have been so sick for so long, but I feel great! I want to thank you Dr. Mark and Dr. Vera Flannery for dedicating your life to helping people, because you have changed my life and I am so grateful!
Terri H., Kalamazoo, MI