Have you been told you thyroid test is normal but still feel tired, cold, depressed and can’t lose weight despite good diet and exercise? Are you being treated for low thyroid but the treatment continues to leave you with the same symptoms you had before? Perhaps you need to have a closer look to see what is really going on. Dr. Bonlie can thoroughly evaluate your thyroid function and recommend appropriate thyroid treatment for:
– thyroid that is “normal” but sluggish
– low thyroid that is not responding well to conventional therapy
– chronic thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s)
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Weight Gain
- Sensitivity to cold
- Muscle or joint aches
- Brain fog, including poor memory and poor concentration
- Non-refreshing sleep
- Brittle hair and nails
- Thinning hair
- Shortness of breath (often called “air hunger”)
- Significantly calloused heels
- Dry skin
- Chronic yeast infections
- Low libido (sex drive)
If thyroid function is abnormal it may be causing or worsening the these symptoms.
The standard blood test that most doctors order is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone level, or TSH. This test measures how the brain is communicating with the thyroid gland. If you are perfectly healthy, it is a good estimate of whether your body is getting enough of the actual thyroid hormones T4 and T3. But there are conditions which can affect how well your brain is measuring your bodies need for thyroid hormone. If your body has many symptoms of low thyroid function, it is important to check the levels of T4, T3 and sometimes Reverse T3 in order to get a better picture of what is really going on. It is also usually important to check on adrenal function, as adrenal stress can directly impact thyroid hormone levels and function.
The standard treatment prescribed for low thyroid hormone is levothyroxine (commonly sold under the brand name of Synthroid or Levoxyl). While this is a perfectly good treatment for many people, many others continue to have symptoms of low thyroid function despite normal TSH levels. Levothyroxine is pure T4, which is the mostly inactive storage form of thyroid hormone. In order to be active, the body must convert T4 into its active form T3. Many of the people who do not respond well to levothyroxine do much better if they have a preparation that has some of the active T3 as part of the formula. This can be obtained from the prescription medication Armour Thyroid or NatureThroid. It can also be done by custom compounding T3 into a slow release capsule, or creating custom compounded combinations of T4 and T3 to best suit your body’s unique requirements.
Many people have symptoms and labs suggestive of sluggish thyroid function, but do not require medication. There are many nutritional supplements that can help to optimize thyroid function and help the thyroid to function naturally at a more optimal level.
Treatment of thyroiditis can often be helped by using diet, supplements and immune modulating therapy such as Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). If symptoms of low thyroid function are present, early treatment can be very helpful.