Why do I still have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal?
It can be frustrating. You have a thyroid condition, are taking thyroid medication and doing everything that you are supposed to but still suffer with inability to lose weight, depression, bloating or constipation, dry skin, hair loss, constant fatigue, or insomnia. The list goes on and on. You are not alone. Upwards of 90% of people who take thyroid hormone still have low thyroid symptoms and will continue to suffer even though their lab tests are normal.
But…even though an underactive thyroid is common and ruins the lives of millions of women…the standard medical care does not work well for a surprising number of women. Why is this? To answer this question, you need to know that the primary cause of thyroid in the United States is really not a thyroid condition at all. It is an immune system condition and is called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This is why someone who is only taking thyroid hormone rarely if ever gets rid of their horrible symptoms!
To complicate matters even more, there are 6 other thyroid patterns that are either overlooked or ignored completely. Doesn’t it make sense to find out which one (or ones) you have?
The answer to that question is the key to the puzzle of why you still feel awful. The answer to that question “Why?” will determine whether you ever feel good again, or whether you will continue to feel terrible even though you’re taking the medication and your labs looks “normal.”
If you are tired of feeling hopeless, tired of constantly adjusting your thyroid hormone hoping it will make a difference, tired of not having enough energy to get you through the day, tired of inability to lose weight……there is hope for you.
Our approach is unique. We will look to find out WHY your body is not working right. We will then set out a specific, individualized plan for YOU. No two people are alike and no two people should be treated the same.
10 to 1 you know someone who has a thyroid problem! Thyroid problems are often misdiagnosed and mis-treated…and women are often affected the most.
Does this sound familiar? Your labs come back “Normal” and yet you still feel tired, achy, cold, depressed and mentally sluggish. I can’t tell you how many people have been told…”go home, get some rest, your blood work looks normal, you are probably just over worked.”
Or even worse, you are put on thyroid hormone replacement and you still have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism but your lab tests show that your thyroid levels are good. And worst of all it’s difficult to get anyone to listen to you. So now what do you do?
Here are some common symptoms:
- Feeling Tired
- Mentally fatigued/sluggish
- Can’t lose weight even with exercise
- Feel cold—hands, feet, or all over
- Require excessive amounts of sleep to function properly
- Increase in weight gain even with low-calorie diet
- Gain weight easily
- Difficult, infrequent bowel movements
- Depression, lack of motivation
- Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
- Outer third of eyebrow thins
- Thinning of hair on scalp, face or genitals or hair loss
- Dryness of skin and/or scalp
- Nervousness and emotional
- Night sweats
It doesn’t have to be that way. I have found that most will have only two tests done (TSH and T4) to determine if they have a thyroid problem. While these tests may offer a simple screening for thyroid function they don’t offer the complete picture! Did you know there are well over 20+ ways that your thyroid can go bad? And, only one of those ways will respond to typical replacement therapy. Not everyone fits into the replacement model of treatment. Modern approaches allow us to dial in to your specific needs.
There is a delicate dance that goes on with all the hormone systems and the thyroid plays a key role in your metabolism and energy.
Do not go on feeling frustrated. We will listen to your concerns and chart a course to get you back on track. Comprehensive blood work and functional analysis will help us determine the shortest path to getting you better.
If you would like to reserve an initial consultation with Dr. Tim Lind, D.C., Chiropractic Physician, to discuss potential thyroid issues please call our office 541-389-3072. Please remember to brings copies of all current lab tests. www.bendthyroidcenter.com
Natural Thyroid Treatment Methods
It really shouldn’t be a surprise that more and more people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, as well as other hypothyroid conditions, are turning to natural treatment methods. While millions of people continue to take some form of medication and on a daily basis, people are simply getting sick of taking pills to manage their symptoms. Obviously in some cases this is necessary. On the other hand, many people with a low functioning thyroid still are suffering with multiple symptoms. Symptoms that include: Inability to lose weight, bloating and digestive trouble, fatigue, low libido, brain fog or mental sluggishness, gain weight easily, dry skin, thinning hair, insomnia, cold hands and feet.
Lets face it. In most cases, the symptoms seem worse than the problem! Many people have gone in to get their thyroid evaluated and this is what they hear. “Things look great! Your thyroid is where we want it to be. Continue with your meds.” The only problem is that even though the labs may look good, why do I still have all these symptoms? The answer may be that you may not have a “thyroid” problem. You may have an immune systemproblem.
Studies now tell us that an upwards of 90% of people with a thyroid condition actually have an immune system condition. It is called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It is where one’s immune system is attacking and killing the thyroid. Not a good thing.
I’m sure you have noticed that people in general are slowly becoming more aware of their health, and are making strides towards improving it through diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation. While the drug industry is still booming, the same can be said for alternative healthcare. In addition of taking better care of their health, more and more people are seeing alternative doctors such as holistic medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and other holistic healthcare practitioners.
The reason why natural treatment methods work so well with many people who have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is because these treatment methods try to address the actual cause of this autoimmune thyroid disorder, rather than just manage the symptoms. Of course some natural doctors will simply use natural methods to manage the symptoms, such as natural thyroid hormone. But what many competent natural doctors are finding out is that while the thyroid gland is of course being affected in these people, it often times is not the primary cause of the condition.
Many people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can successfully manage their symptoms by taking synthetic or natural thyroid hormone for the rest of their lives. But if they want to try to restore their health back to normal, then the immune system component of the disorder must be addressed. As you may have guessed, this involves strengthening the immune system, which is a big challenge. Some people think that simply taking an immune system support formula and/or antioxidants from their local health food store is enough to strengthen their immune system. Unfortunately it is usually not this easy.
And what can make this even more complex is that in order to strengthen the immune system, you need to find out what weakened it in the first place. For example, many people have chronic stress, which often times will cause problems with the adrenal glands, and over time this can actually weaken the immune system. So in this example, one would have to not only address the weakened immune system, but the actual cause of the weak immune system, which in this case is the adrenals. Sometimes other issues can lead to a weakened immune system, such as problems with digestion and the gastrointestinal tract. Other times it might be due to hormone issues.
This is why it is not recommended that people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis self-treat their condition naturally. Sure, it might save you some money in the short term, but the odds of you receiving optimal results by treating it on your own are very slim. The problem is that everyone is different, and as a result, most will need a different natural treatment protocol. And as I mentioned earlier, some people can’t have their health completely restored to normal.
So if you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and are not sure whether natural treatment methods are for you, think about how it would benefit your health to actually get to the underlying cause of the condition. While the thyroid hormone you’re currently taking might be doing a good job of managing your symptoms (although in some cases it doesn’t do a good job in managing the symptoms), having a compromised immune system and possibly other weakened areas of your body will most likely result in the development of other conditions in the future.