Are You Suffering with Thyroid Disease???
Are you having symptoms of hypothyroidism but your lab tests are normal? Has your doctor told you that your thyroid gland is normal? Millions of people in the United States suffer with hypothyroid symptoms, but are not getting answers. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist, there are close to 30 million Americans, mostly middle aged women who suffer from thyroid related illness. Alarmingly, it is estimated that up to half of them go undiagnosed. This is extremely problematic because the thyroid gland and its hormones affect every organ and cell in the body.
Common symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
- Weight gain despite following a low calorie diet
- Morning headaches that lessen as the day progresses
- Hypersensitivity to cold weather
- Poor circulation and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Muscle cramps while at rest
- Increased susceptibility to colds and infections and difficulty recovering from them
- Slow wound healing
- Excess amount of sleep required to function properly
- Chronic digestive problems
- Itchy, dry skin
- Dry or brittle hair
- Hair falls out easily
- Dry skin
- Low body temperature
- Edema and swelling, especially in the face
- Loss of the outermost portion of the eyebrows
Research has shown that 70 – 90% of people with hypothyroidism actually have a disease called Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Hypothyroidism. This is a disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. In this case, the thyroid dysfunction is actually secondary to the immune system dysfunction. To properly treat and manage this condition, the immune system must be treated and supported in addition to the thyroid. Having a doctor who understands and specializes in this situation is essential to successful treatment and management.
Why Has My Doctor Not Told Me About This?
Although most doctors are aware of Hashimoto’s Disease, many do not have the proper training to treat and manage it. In most cases, when you are having low thyroid symptoms, your doctor will order lab work which includes a TSH test. Very often, your doctor will then tell you that your thyroid hormones are low, and will recommend that you start taking thyroid hormones. Sound familiar?
Obviously you want to get better, so you follow the recommendations. After a period of time, your lab tests may improve, but you’re still having the same symptoms. You tell your doctor that you’re still having problems and the response is that your lab tests are normal. At that point a common recommendation is to start taking antidepressants. Am I on the right track?
Does this mean it’s all in your head?
Of course not!
In most cases your problem has just been overlooked. This oversight will slowly worsen, and may result in serious complications. The longer someone has this condition without proper treatment, the higher the chance of it progressing and affecting other parts of the body. This will continue to happen until it is properly handled.
You need a doctor that understand and specializes in all aspects of Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease.
Most doctors only order a TSH test and stop there. Although that test is extremely important and should be ordered, there are 24 patterns of dysfunction that lead to thyroid disease. Doesn’t it make sense to look at all of them? How can you successfully treat thyroid disease if you don’t have all the facts?
What Do I Do Next?
To uncover the causes of your thyroid condition, specialized testing including lab work are ordered to discover the patterns of dysfunction and especially to see if it’s affecting other parts of the body. At that time, our integrated team of doctors will develop a plan which may include traditional medical approaches, clinical nutritional approaches, diet modification and body therapies.
If you are continuing to have problems and symptoms and you are not getting answers, then stop being frustrated! Help is available!
Call Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches at 561-223-3553 to schedule a free 20 min. consultation to see if you are a candidate for this program.