Dealing with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Epstein Barr Virus (EBV): a Few Things that Have Helped
I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in early September 2020. I now believe that my situation is more than that—it is long-haul COVID.
Update October 10 2020: I can now manage perhaps 2 days of 7 for my baseline bike ride (90 minutes, 1000 calories expended), but that drains the energy tank. I rode for a decade 7 days a week with no issues, and at longer druation than that in the Jan - June time period over those years (heavy training load plus double centuries).
In addition to ensuring adequate magnesium and potassium, I have begin looking into CoQ10 and Acetyl L-Carnitine and creatine, because they are directly in involved in cellular energy production. I now am thinking that this is a mitochondrial energy issue, hence those supplements.
This post is to share a few things that have helped me in dealing with Epstein Barr Virus and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which have resulted mainly in extreme fatigue, but also a monthlong joint problem in the knuckles of my hand.
I did have one joyous day of nearly full strength, riding my bike nearly three hours (1900 calorie ride, first ride in 11 day)... but the next day was weakness and I was wiped out the day after that with legs that felt like the muscles had gone dead. The oscillation in energy is extreme, from feeling hardly able to stand up straight to doing that bike ride a day later.
Is the fatigue the result of EBV or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? Yes, meaning either or both and who can really know. It seems that I am going to need some weeks of rest and care to try to heal. Hopefully it’s mainly EBV and the thyroiditis part will calm down.
Being involved in perhaps as many as 1000 metabolic processes, magnesium has many healing and modulating functions within the body. For example, it is a strong pulmonary relaxant which cured my asthma (far more effective than prescription inhalers for me), and a moderate muscle relaxant. It supports the immune system and protects the cardiovascular system and brain, and helps the body to eliminate toxins. Most people are magnesium deficient, so this is a baseline nutritional requirement to fix.
After suffering for a month from arthritic-like pain in two knuckles of my right hand, I had a thought to try Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C. Within 24-36 hours, all the pain had gone. Perhaps a coincidence (?) in my N=1 experiment that many doctors would guffaw at as anecdotal nonsense*. Or maybe it helped kill off some virus and/or had anti-inflammatory effects. The fact is the pain disappeared almost overnight.
* Which is why doctors rarely can help with anything complicated and mult-factorial—closed minds in the context of an extremely complex ecosystem (the synergistic human body and mind). Functional medicine doctors (hard to find) would likely be much more open to hypotheses.
CBD at bedtime helps relax me, but (this might be peculiar to me) seems to increase sensation and flexibility in my feet and toes. I am hoping it will modulate my immune system and help me heal out of the EBV and perhaps even the Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, by tuning down inappropriate immune system functions.