Hypothyroidism - Symptoms and Treatment
ARE YOU FEELING EXHAUSTED ALL THE TIME. CAN’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP? ARE YOU ALWAYS COLD? EXPERIENCING WEIGHT GAIN, MOOD SWINGS, ANXIETY?
DO YOU SUFFER FROM ONGOING HYPOTHYROID SYMPTOMS EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE TAKING THYROID MEDICATIONS, EATING A LOW CARB DIET AND EXERCISING? ARE YOU BEING TOLD "EVERYTHING IS FINE" BECAUSE YOUR LABS ARE “NORMAL”? You are not alone. This is a very common response.
Do you continue to suffer and get worse over time without explanation? You may be convinced that something is being missed! You are likely to be right. The reasons for continued suffering and frustration are often related to less than thorough evaluations, insurance directed old standards of care, which ultimately lead to an incomplete or inadequate diagnosis. Too often doctors rely on the TSH test alone to check your thyroid. Even if proper testing is run, the treatment is the same. To make matters worse the thyroid is usually not the root cause but other causes are not explored. An incomplete diagnosis for many patients leads to temporary band-aids and the progression of the disease. This scenario commonly causes frustration either because the abbreviated labs being run don’t detect your problem, or the treatment only addresses the symptoms, and your doctor believes you are fixed but you know you aren’t!
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid levels, is due to an under-active thyroid and occurs when the thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones. The thyroid produces hormones T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine). When the levels of these hormones drop, the pituitary gland produces thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH. Because the thyroid is in charge of running metabolism for your body, many times the symptoms look like a slow metabolism. The most common form of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. Other forms of hypothyroidism include thyroiditis, thyroid nodules, cancer and thyroid surgery. It is most common in women, and that those who have other autoimmune or thyroid-related issues
Hypothyroidism Symptoms in Women
Since hypothyroidism manifests itself through the body's metabolism, many of the symptoms are similar to slow metabolism.
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Hot flashes
- Always cold (especially hands and feet)
- Hair Loss
- Mood swings
- Memory Issues
- Heart Palpitations
- Dry Skin
- Dry Hair
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Slowed heart rate
- Puffy face
- Muscle aches
- Elevated Blood cholesterol
- Pain or Stiffness in the joints
Hypothyroidism symptoms in men, although less common, are much the same those for women. Most of the time it is diagnosed in routine physicals and blood work manifest in both T4 and TSH levels.
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's (or autoimmune hypothyroidism), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by your own immune system attacking your thyroid.
HAVE YOU BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH HASHIMOTO’S BUT YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO FOR IT?
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States, and affects as many as 1 in 10 women. It affects as many as 10 million US people. Approximately 10% of women over age 30 have Hashimoto's thyroiditis (the disease affects women ten times more than men). Your chance of developing Hashimoto’s disease increases if other family members have the disease. You are more likely to develop Hashimoto’s disease if you have other autoimmune disorders.
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Hashimoto's thyroiditis is characterized by thyroid inflammation due to attacks from the body's own immune system on the thyroid gland. This causes the thyroid tissue to gradually be destroyed. This directly impacts your thyroid’s ability to produce hormones resulting in low thyroid. Taking thyroid hormones doesn’t address the cause of hypothyroidism and iodine supplements can make you worse. There are many patterns of low thyroid function, most cannot be truly helped by thyroid hormones.
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Although Hashimoto’s is the most common form of hypothyroidism, there may be a host of other causes including:
- Estrogen dominance
- Insulin surges
- Environmental toxicity
- Chemical exposure
- Vitamin deficiency
- Undetected low-grade infection
- Certain medications
- Radiation therapy
- Hyperthyroidism treatments
- Thyroid surgery
- Other Autoimmune disorders
- Pituitary disorder
- Iodine deficiency
IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED ANY OF THESE INSTANCES, YOU COULD BE AT HIGHER RISK FOR HYPOTHYROIDISM.
Thyroid Nodules and Cysts
A thyroid cyst is a fluid-filled lump that forms within the gland itself. The majority of thyroid nodules don’t have symptoms. Most are not cancerous. Typically you won’t know you have thyroid cysts unless they become large enough to cause trouble swallowing or breathing or are visible at the base of the neck above the collarbone.
In some cases, the attack on the thyroid or a thyroid nodule will produce extra thyroxine (T4) which will cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism (or overactive thyroid with heightened hormone levels). If it persists it can cause you to experience unexplained weight loss, perspiration, tremors, nervousness, rapid heartbeat.
Although the majority of thyroid cysts are non-cancerous, it’s important to monitor any signs of hyperthyroidism and growth of the thyroid with a medical professional.
The standard treatment for hypothyroidism includes synthetic thyroid hormone (Synthroid, Levo-T, etc.) and monitoring of the thyroid TSH levels. This type of treatment is lifelong and the dosage may change depending on TSH levels. In mild cases of hypothyroidism its possible to not benefit from thyroid hormone therapy and it is possible the treatment itself could be harmful to you.
Thyroid support should look at treating the underlying causes and support both hormones rather than just one which could cause imbalances in other places. Just taking thyroid medication is often a temporary fix or not effective at all.
A BETTER WAY IS TO DISCOVER THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF YOUR LOW THYROID AND LEARN WHY IT USUALLY WON’T SHOW UP ON YOUR LAB TEST?
Hypothyroidism Natural Treatment and Thyroid Supplements
Our program works to identify the underlying immune triggers for your persistent low thyroid symptoms. You will continue with your primary doctor and will use your previous testing results to collaborate with our assessment. Thorough discovery and lab evaluation are critical. We then customize a plan for each individual patient based on their causes. Our patients are very happy with their results.
The good news is that a functional approach can do a lot to support hypothyroidism. There are many different hypothyroidism supplements so it is important to discuss your options with a healthcare professional to identify which supplements may be helpful to your condition.
There are animal extracts which contain both T3 & T4 which can be more useful than synthetic thyroid medications but since supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, it is important to navigate the options with your health provider.
There Is Good News For You. Help Is On Its Way!
Are you ready to get your health back? Would you like to feel vitality and mental clarity again, stop falling asleep in the middle of the day, sleep through the night, get off the couch and take on projects, feel emotionally stable, confident and calm? Would you like to wake with energy galore each day even before you have coffee? Are you tired of being chilled to the bone and wearing heavy socks to bed in the summer? Would you like to see your list of symptoms and medications shrink rather than grow? YOUR HEALTH IS OUR PASSION.
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