Whether there are high, average, or low levels of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto's, euthyroid, hypothyroidism), most patients complain of hypothyroidism-like symptoms than any other type of thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism is commonly under-diagnosed and under-treated because conventional physicians believe that these patients are healthy as long as their hormone levels (specifically thyroid stimulating hormone "TSH") are just within the so-called “conventional” boundaries of laboratory reference ranges. Our functional medicine physicians think otherwise because they don’t want patient’s levels to just be “within the reference ranges”; they want their hormone levels to be optimal. In addition, it is merely impossible to make an accurate diagnosis on a patient just obtaining TSH values. To have valid overview of a patient's thyroid function, the physician must test for thyroid stimulating hormone "TSH", Free T3, Free T4, thyroid peroxidase, and thyroid antibodies. They are all interrelated and provide a definitive look at what is actually going on with the patient.
In our clinic, one of our specialized physicians will monitor the administration of this thyroid treatment through patients ongoing feedback and blood work analysis until symptoms subside and restore balance in the patient mind & body. .
COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LOW THYROID HORMONES
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight.
- Fatigue, sluggishness, and lethargy
- Muscle aches
- Depression and mood swings
- Constantly feeling cold
- Reduced memory retention
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Puffy eyes, hands and feet
- Fluid retention
- Rough hair, hair loss, or thinning hair
- Thinning of outer eyebrows
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
RESULTS AFTER TREATMENT
With our personalized thyroid treatments you can expect to see an improvement in all of these areas over time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TSH, T3 AND T4?
T3 is the active form of thyroid hormone. T4 is a prohormone, a precursor usually having minimal hormonal effects by itself. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is a hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to make T3 and T4.
WHAT ARE SOME FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO DECREASED THYROID HORMONE LEVELS?
Malnutrition, old age, inflammation, systemic illness, and increased cortisol levels. Some medicines that may also affect our thyroid are glucocorticoids, amiodarone, beta-blockers, and synthetic progestins.
WHAT IS A PATIENT HAS SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM BUT THEIR T3 IS WIHTIN THE NORMAL RANGE?
After performing an extensive laboratory analysis we would consider treating the patient with a small dose of thyroid medication. It is essential to consider symptoms, not just lab values, and to ensure that the patient does not become clinically hyperthyroid.