Hypothyroidism

Overview

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones. For example, if the adrenal gland is fatigued, the thyroid hormones will not work efficiently. Insufficient thyroid hormones slows your body’s processes down, resulting in less energy and a sluggish metabolism.

Measuring a person’s thyroid hormone levels can be challenging for a number of reasons. The thyroid hormone T3 is needed for optimal mitochondrial function and production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Free T3 refers to the amount of T3 that is not bound by globulins and able to carry thyroid hormones to tissues throughout the body. To account for the 5 to 10 percent of the country that has subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), also known as mild thyroid failure, which occurs when peripheral thyroid hormone levels are within the normal laboratory range but serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are slightly elevated, the optimal target level for Free T3 should be 3.3. to 3.4. However, a patient’s clinical symptoms are just as important a measure as his or her thyroid hormone levels.

TSH levels can help show if your hypothyroidism is the result of a damaged thyroid gland, problems with the pituitary gland, or something else altogether. The current reference range of TSH is 5.0 or less. However, a person’s TSH levels can vary substantially throughout the day. If a person’s pituitary is not functioning properly, TSH levels may not rise, even if the patient is suffering from hypothyroidism. TSH, T3, and T4 levels may be normal in patients with Hashimoto’s disease. And doctors fail in many cases to do test for thyroid antibodies, which may contribute to the patient’s symptoms.

Successful management of hypothyroidism will render the TSH levels at greater than 2.0. Some doctors stop a patient’s thyroid treatment when TSH goes below 2.0, which inadequately addresses the patient’s thyroid needs.

Symptoms

Insufficient thyroid hormones may give rise to the following symptoms:

  • High cholesterol
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Post-partum depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High homocysteine level
  • Cold extremities

Additional symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:

  • Weakness and pain in muscles
  • Weakness and pain in joints
  • Mental fog
  • Ovaries not functioning properly
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hair loss

Management

It is always better to manage hypothyroidism with a combination of therapies, rather than just T4 alone. Natural thyroid supplements, including Armour, Nature, and ERFA, all contain T4, T3, T2, T1, and Calcitonin, and can be used to manage your hypothyroidism.

During treatment, you should:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a proper diet
  • Avoid fluoride toothpaste
  • Avoid flour with Bromide
  • Avoid tap water with amino chlorine or lithium as a contaminant
  • Get a chlorine filter for your shower
  • Sterilize your swimming pool with ozone, not chlorine

We recommend you take a skin test to see if you are deficient in iodine. Iodine is essential for brain function and benefits the breasts, uterus, and prostate.

If a person’s liver has issues, giving that person an artificial hormone such as T4 is counter-productive, because relatively inactive T4 is converted into active T3 in the liver.

Prior to administering thyroid supplements, it is helpful to record your temperature orally and measure your pulse rate. If upon taking thyroid supplements you experience rapid heart rate and feel hyper, like you have had too much coffee, your dosage can be adjusted to correct this.

If you believe you suffer from hypothyroidism and would like more information on managing the condition, schedule an appointment with Houston Wellness Clinic today.

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