Thyroids, Ankles & Blurry Eyes …

Yesterday was a marathon of a day. A day of doctor appointments. I find it easier to just take a day off from work and get as many doctor appointments in as I can. I made appointments for the orthopedist, endocrinologist and optometrist — also known as the foot doctor, thyroid doctor and eye doctor.

It really was a marathon of a day.

My first appointment was with the orthopedist at TOSH Foot & Ankle for my ankle. I was nervous for this appointment, because as noted in previous posts my ankle hasn’t been healing the way I feel like it should be. Especially after I reaggravated it when I was in Europe back in November.

I initially went to the University of Utah when I injured the ankle back in April 2017 for diagnosis and physical therapy. Not only did they diagnosis it as a sprain but blamed my overpronating gait for the injury. I wanted a second opinion on the diagnosis from TOSH, especially since many of my running friends recommended them.

I’m glad I went.

After some x-rays, gait and foot analysis the doctor confirmed my WebMD diagnosis — I had peroneal tendinitis. There was nothing structurally wrong with the foot — no broken bones, etc. It’s just the peroneal tendon.

There is some concern it could be a tear, but he’s treating it as tendinitis for now. He gave me instructions not to run more than 3-5 miles at a time for at least the next 4-6 weeks and to focus on a pace and gait that doesn’t raise me more than a five on the pain scale (1-10).

Pain is relative to a runner, but that’s a post for another day.

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I can live with that diagnosis. I have to drop a couple of races, but I’m still able to run. Sure there’s a chance it’s a tear, but the doctor doesn’t feel like it is. He gave me some inserts and wedges for my shoes to help with the recovery and told me if there wasn’t improvement that they’d do an MRI in a month or so.

So, I’m hoping it helps, because I am not going to miss out hitting my 180th race at the Handcart Days Half in July. I am doing what I need to do to get there.

But, another interesting thing the doctor said was that I am NOT an overpronator, but a supinator. He suggested that maybe my overpronator shoes might be aggravating the injury a bit. He said my high arches can throw that diagnosis off, but I am definitely a supinator.

So there’s that.

I’m hoping it helps, because I am not going to miss out hitting my 180th race at the Handcart Days Half in July. This is a goal I want and have to meet this year. I just need to do what I need to do — I’ll get there.

But, stay tuned. I have a follow up appointment next month.

My second appointment was a checkup on my thyroid. Another point of concern for me during the past 3+ years when it tanked. After being out of whack back in May 2017 the thyroid is slowly improving.

Which is good news.

My TSH was 7.2 back in May and it lowered to 6.4 in September. But, after another checkup last month it’s now down to 4.8. It’s not ideal — that number would be 1.0 — but, it’s going in the right direction.

My doctor has been impressed with the change in number since September (tested two weeks after I started keto), which she contributes to the change in my diet. She had no concerns over me doing keto — especially since my cholesterol levels are great and my increase in energy levels (still sometimes an issue).

Dang it feels good to be a gangster.

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She did up my dose of Levothyroxin, but that was really the only change she made. She wants to monitor it and check out my TSH levels again in March.

So I’m improving! That’s great news.

I’m hoping it helps, because I am not going to miss out hitting my 180th race at the Handcart Days Half in July. I am doing what I need to do to get there.

It’s been a tough few years dealing with Hashimoto’s and I am glad I am FINALLY seeing solid results and improvement. A lot of it medication, but the switch of diet has helped a lot. Not only cutting out the gluten, but the focus on keto as well.

I’m interested to see where I stand this time in March. I hope to see another big improvement.

Anyways, stay tuned for that.

My last appointment was my annual eye appointment. Nothing really new there. I did opt for contacts this go around. I keep losing my glasses so this might be a better option. Plus, I hate working out with glasses.

Now with that doctor marathon day over, I feel good about where my health is heading. There’s still some unknowns with my ankle. But, I’m optimistic I will be okay.

I have a few 5Ks planned in the next month so I am not completely withdrawn from the race scene. I am signed up for the Frigid 5K, Sweethearts 5K, Candy Heart 5K and March Madness 5K — so that should keep me busy.

If all goes well I should be running the Riverton Half as my first long race back. But, I’ll post all about that later.

But, for now, one foot in front of the other.

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