Hi, I'm Raine
I don't really know when my illness began. There were years of fatigue where I pushed through because I had to. I was a homeschool mom, wife, and business owner. Things simply would not get done if I didn't do them.
The chronic pain and insomnia became a constant as well. The weight I simply could not lose. The dry skin, hair loss, and swollen ankles. I pushed on... until I couldn't.
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, GERD, low Vitamin D, and... obesity. I did everything they told me to do for years- ate no salt, walked 4 miles a day, ate 800 calories a day, ate 20 carbs a day, took the meds, and nothing got better. In fact, it got worse!
I cried to the doctor and was told that my numbers were fine, maybe I was depressed? Well, I felt like crap and had no hope, you'd better believe I was depressed!
I found a naturopath who switched my thyroid meds and told me to eat low carb. I did that for 10 months and at least I lost weight. Then one morning I woke up unable to move. My joints were locked up and I was in excruciating pain. This persisted for 2 weeks until I finally caved and went to the doctor. They gave me steroids and ran tons of tests but couldn't figure it out. It took over a year to recover from this incident, and I was barely able to function until I reintroduced carbs. Of course, then all the weight came back.
At this point I was unable to work outside the home. Most days I couldn't even raise my arms and a trip to the grocery store would lay me up for the rest of the day. I needed my husband to stir a pot for me, or fold laundry. I was barely functioning.
At 45, I could not believe this was my life.
Then one day I heard a podcast for Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN). I heard these guys talking about health issues with hope, and I wanted to know everything they did. I realized I would have to fix myself and this was how I would do it. So I got my certification and during the program I ran functional tests on myself, tests the doctors never offered and learned that my hormones and adrenal function were in the toilet. I had Leaky Gut (hello Hashimoto's), and literally no dopamine. No wonder I had zero energy and was depressed!
But now I knew what to do about it. Using a custom protocol I fixed my digestion, eliminating the punishing heartburn I'd had for years. I balanced my hormones which corrected my insomnia, and fatigue. I eliminated the inflammation causing the chronic pain. And I've learned how to use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis to really address the root causes.
My healing journey is not over, but I have so much hope now and feel better than I have in a very long time. I really do have my life back.