Need Help with an Underactive Thyroid?
If you feel constantly tired or cold and can’t seem to lose weight, you may have a thyroid problem. It’s easy to assign other causes to these feelings and it’s common to be misdiagnosed with depression or an anxiety disorder, when in fact it was just an underactive thyroid.
A slow-working thyroid gland often causes other health problems such as high cholesterol levels and hypoglycemia. It can lead to miscarriages and infertility, and it often causes menopausal symptoms in women.
The biggest problem is that an underactive thyroid gland can cause irreversible damage over the years if left untreated, so early diagnosis is key.
Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid
Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Feeling tired, sluggish, weak, and worn out all the time.
- Having difficulty concentrating, even having “brain fog” which is becoming more common in society as a whole.
- Intolerance to cold
- Poor appetite
- Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
- Constant muscle aches and pains, often in the lower back, neck, shoulder, or hips.
- Metabolism problems that lead to weight gain or sudden unexplained weight loss despite eating well.
- Struggling with depression, mood swings, and becoming easily irritated.
- Thinning hair
- Dry skin
- High cholesterol levels
The Problem with Traditional Thyroid Tests
The problem is that thyroid testing has been stuck in the medical dark ages for decades. By only focusing on a test called the TSH test, it’s easy to miss the bigger picture or be misdiagnosed. This leaves the underlying cause of the issue still there and untreated. Other tests need to be performed that measure other hormones in the body like free T3, free T4, and reverse T3.
It is important to point out here that an under-active thyroid is not always caused by a problem in the thyroid gland itself. It can be caused by a number of other conditions such as Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition, or another medical condition such as diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even depression.
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Thyroids – Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed!
Getting an accurate assessment of your thyroid health can also be difficult because of the issue of what is considered “normal” ranges of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormone lab ranges have such a wide range that is considered normal and this causes a huge problem. One person’s “normal” level is a deficiency for another person. You have to remember that the ranges used in standard lab tests are taken from a random samples of the population, who aren’t necessarily healthy.
We see so many patients who were simply not diagnosed properly. Once we get their thyroid levels into the proper range, they are amazed at how well they feel, how they start to feel happy again, have energy and zest for life again. All this because they simply needed to maybe be toward the higher range of normal, instead of at the bottom or middle range of normal.
We also see patients who are on medication for “hypothyroidism” but who never addressed the underlying cause which might not have been their thyroid gland, but some other issue, leaving them still stuck with persistent health problems.
Natural & Effective Hypothyroidism Treatment
If you suspect you might have an underactive thyroid, get it checked. We have decades of experience treating hypothyroidism. Patients fly in from all over the world because they are sick of band-aid medicine and are looking for real solutions, that address the underlying causes of their hypothyroidism naturally.
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Learn Even More about Hypothyroidism
The thyroid gland is a small gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck. It is made up of two lobes that lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus. Your thyroid releases thyroid hormones which regulate your metabolism, growth, development, and body temperature.
The two most common health conditions associated with the thyroid are hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid).
Hypothyroidism is a term that denotes that the thyroid is not releasing the correct level of hormones. Hypothyroidism symptoms may not become obvious for a while and can be sometimes be mistaken for other conditions if hypothyroidism is not correctly diagnosed.
A properly functioning thyroid gland takes in iodine from foods or supplements and converts it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body that can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4 which are then released into the bloodstream to make the body’s energy.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
There are two main causes of hypothyroidism:
#1 Thyroid Inflammation
The first is a result of inflammation of the thyroid gland, which damages the thyroid cells and leaves them incapable of producing sufficient hormones. The most common cause of this kind of inflammation is Hashimoto’s disease (see below).
#2 Thyroid Gland not being Stimulated
The second main cause of hypothyroidism is a result of the thyroid gland not being stimulated properly by the hypothalamus or pituitary gland. The rate of thyroid hormone production is controlled by the pituitary gland. If there is an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone circulating in the body to allow for normal functioning, the release of TSH is increased by the pituitary gland in an attempt to stimulate more thyroid hormone production. In contrast, when there is an excessive amount of circulating thyroid hormone, TSH levels fall as the pituitary attempts to decrease the production of thyroid hormone. In people with hypothyroidism symptoms, there is a persistent low level of circulating thyroid hormones.
Pituitary Gland Abnormalities
If the pituitary gland stops functioning properly, the thyroid gland may not produce the correct amount of thyroid hormone. Pituitary tumors or pituitary surgery can affect the pituitary gland’s functioning and lead to hypothyroidism.
Sheehan’s syndrome is a condition that causes damage to the pituitary gland. If a woman loses a life-threatening amount of blood or has severe low blood pressure after childbirth then the gland can be damaged, leading it to under-produce pituitary hormones.
Lack of Iodine
Iodine is needed for the production of the thyroid hormone. If the body does not have enough iodine then this can lead to hypothyroidism.
A number of drugs can cause hypothyroidism. These include amiodarone, interferon-alpha, interleukin-2, lithium, tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
The most common type of hypothyroidism in the US is Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis. It is an autoimmune disease – which means the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and organs. Hashimoto’s disease causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, leading to inflammation and prevention of thyroid hormone production.
Thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland. In this type of hypothyroidism, the thyroid hormone to leak out into the blood, raising their overall levels and leading to hyperthyroidism. After 1-2 months, this usually develops into hypothyroidism. Thyroiditis can be caused by viral or bacterial infection, as a result of an autoimmune condition and pregnancy.
Like Hashimoto’s disease, postpartum thyroiditis is a thyroid condition that seems to be caused by a problem with the immune system. The first phase starts 1 to 4 months after giving birth when the damaged thyroid leaks thyroid hormones out into the bloodstream and symptoms of hyperthyroidism may occur. The second phase starts about 4 to 8 months after delivery when symptoms of hypothyroidism occur because the thyroid has lost most of its hormones. In most women who have postpartum thyroiditis, thyroid function returns to normal within 12 to 18 months after symptoms start.
Silent or Painless Thyroiditis
Symptoms are the same as in postpartum thyroiditis, but they are not related to having given birth.
Symptoms are the same as in postpartum and silent thyroiditis, but the inflammation in the thyroid leads to pain in the neck, jaw, or ear. Unlike the other types of thyroiditis, subacute thyroiditis may be caused by an infection.
Babies can be born with a thyroid that does not function properly. Congenital hypothyroidism can lead to physical and mental growth problems, but early treatment can prevent these complications.
Conventional Treatment for Thyroid Issues
We always strive to use a more natural healing approach. Conventional medicine tends to take a more aggressive approach, either bypassing the body’s natural abilities, using surgery or suppressing symptoms.
Conditions such as hyperthyroidism, goiters, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer are typically treated by partially or fully removing the thyroid gland, which can then lead to hypothyroidism.
Another approach that used is radiation treatment of the thyroid. This can also lead to hypothyroidism.
Radioactive iodine is another common treatment for hyperthyroidism and destroys the cells of the thyroid gland. Radiation is also used to treat people with head and neck cancers, Hodgkin’s disease, and other lymphomas, and this can damage the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism.