It's rare to find a caregiver that is truly knowledgeable about thyroid and hormones, values your input and treats you with respect.
I struggled with undiagnosed and untreated hypothyroidism for over 20 years. I've had 2 doctors offer me a hysterectomy within 10 minutes of meeting me. I had done my research and I knew my symptoms were hormone and thyroid related but was told my TSH was normal, therefore it couldnt be my thyroid, a hysterectomy would fix my symptoms and I needed an antidepressant. Another caregiver treated my thyroid but only based on normal lab ranges so that I still felt horrible.
In the short time that I have been seeing Teresa, I have felt better than I have in a very long time. I still have a ways to go but I'm feeling better, thinking better and coping better. I have more energy and I'm losing weight because my body is getting the thyroid and hormones it needs!
I wish I would have found Teresa years ago.
I had been to see several Doctors over the past 5-6 years explaining in detail my multiple symptoms, all to no avail. My primary Doctor, over a long period of time, ran a slew of standard test (always excluding a hormone panel), where we tried multiple things, including Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12 shots. These made me feel better temporarily, but soon I was back with the same symptoms.
Thinking it could be my hormones, I then went to see a Gynecologist. One Doctor gave me a prescription of a low dose “Speed” which made me feel horrible! Another told me that due to my age and smoking, she refused run a hormone panel or to offer me hormone therapy. She told me that these things begin to happen as we get older and I would just have “To-suck-it-up” and “Deal-with-it”.
I cried many tears…but upon reading about the standard hormone replacements available, with all of the horrible /deadly side effects, I understood the reluctance of these Doctors to prescribe these.
I had given up and succumbed to the ‘fact’ that I would have to live the rest of my life just pushing myself to exist every day, I even believed, that perhaps, I was being a hypochondriac and that this was all in my head. So, my abilities to regain my life were all up to me and if not, I would remain unable to enjoy the daily activities, adventures and social interactions that where once a part of my life.
Until…I came across Teresa Mealy! Who listened to my symptoms, and having been through them herself, she understood…We ran the hormone tests…. And now….With Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and the correct supplements, I felt so much better! Having said that…after a little more time had gone by, I felt I was still missing a component. Teresa suggested a couple of genetic tests. It turns out that I had a mutation (MTHFR-C677T), which limits my absorption of B vitamins and more. I am now taking supplements to support this and I am now living a FULL LIFE again!
I can now exercise and other physical activities without it leaving me completely exhausted, muscle tone is returning, I can find the words to be able carry on a conversation, cognitive function has returned, I can go on vacations without being so wiped out all I want is sleep, I enjoy being intimate with my wonderful husband again, attend to daily affairs and SO MUCH more.
Thank you and BLESS you Teresa
I’m not even sure where to start. There is so much to say.
I will start with how I was feeling and the journey that led me on. I think I had gradually been feeling worse for several years. I had struggled with anxiety and depression. I talked with my primary care provider about my depression and she was more than happy to put me on an antidepressant, which did work for a while. I just didn’t like the idea of being on it. So I eventually stopped taking it. As soon as I didn’t fill the prescription when it was due the pharmacy called me, my providers office called me, my insurance company even called me to make sure I was okay. It made me wonder what in the world they had me taking that everyone was that concerned about me. I never mentioned how I felt to my provider again. Then I reached a point that I couldn’t stay awake past noon without copious amounts of caffeine or a nap, yet I couldn’t sleep at night, and the anxiety was at all-time high.
I had seen a post on Facebook from this provider concerning thyroid deficiencies and all the symptoms she described were me. So I got up my nerve to insist that my provider check my thyroid, and not just my TSH, but Free T3 and T4. The tests came back and said my TSH was within normal range. Therefore, she didn’t feel it was necessary to look at the rest of the thyroid panel. So, I went home, after being told that I was middle-aged and premenopausal and this was how I was going to feel. I couldn’t accept that, I was a Mom who was homeschooling a sixth grader. I had to figure out how to feel better, my 12 year old deserved more than this shell of a Mom. My husband deserved more than this grouchy exhausted wife that didn’t have the energy to sweep the floor on a regular basis, let alone put any effort into dinner or anything else.
So, I finally called and made an appointment with Teresa. I had to scrimp and save to have the money for that initial visit, but I didn’t feel like I had a choice, my family deserved better, and so did I. My Mom went with me to that first visit because it is a 2 hour drive to Springfield from where we live, I was too exhausted to make the trip by myself. Teresa spent an hour and half with me that first visit, and because I had my labs from my previous provider, she immediately prescribed thyroid medication to optimize my thyroid. That first week I felt better every day, and I continued to feel better every day going forward.
Four months after my first appointment I convinced my husband to see Teresa. He was a 43 year old man walking around with a cane. He was working a full time job with daily migraines. He would come home from work, eat dinner, and go to bed. On weekends he would sleep 12-14 hours a day. His provider had run numerous tests and couldn’t find any reason for his migraines or fatigue. After seeing Teresa and having blood work done. She started him on the appropriate hormones and supplements and he immediately started feeling better.
I can’t imagine what our life would be like had I never seen that first Facebook post from Teresa. That was 16 months ago. Teresa Mealy Total Health and Wellness has changed our lives for the better in so many ways. Thank you and God Bless all of you. You have all been a tremendous blessing to us.
I am so thankful for Teresa and her educated profession and caring ways for others .. I can personally add my story and it’s a good one...she changed my medical life with proper thyroid treatment, hormones and diet eventually...but the biggest event with God’s help and my faith she saved my life where others Dr failed me and I was so close to dying ...literally. She didn’t stop until she had answers and learned I had Hemochromatosis (high iron).....Once you feel as well as I do ...you understand everything she says is factual and medically accurate. I say it all the time I’m so grateful to have her and the care she provides for me...thanks again Teresa! ❤️
Thank You for all you do! I spent years feeling bad and going from Dr. to Dr. for help. You found that I was low in Progesterone, Testosterone and Thyroid. Now that I have been taking them I feel great!