DO YOU SUFFER FROM ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS?
- Depend on coffee to get going or started
- Feel cold in hands, feet and all over
- Require excessive amounts of sleep to function properly
- Increase weight gain even with a low-calorie diet
- Difficult – infrequent bowel movements
- Get lightheaded if meals are missed
- Crave meals during the day
- Morning headaches that wear off
- Eating sweets does not relieve sugar cravings
- Irritable if meals are missed
- Thinning of hair
- Depression, lack of motivation
- Eating relieves fatigue
- Fatigue after meals
- Agitated, easily upset – nervous
- Tired mental sluggishness
Why do you still have thyroid symptoms when your lab tests are normal? Why do you still have thyroid symptoms when your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is between .35 to 5.0 which is the “normal lab range?”
Most likely, your doctor has only ordered two thyroid tests; TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and Free T4. From your doctor’s perspective if your TSH level is within that very wide lab range of .35 to 5.0, you’re normal and there’s nothing wrong with you! BUT, and this is a HUGE BUT, the OPTIMAL LEVEL or “functional level” for TSH is 1.5 to 2.5. So, you could still be “normal” in the traditional sense, but abnormal in the functional or optimal range.
It’s only when that range is above 5.0 that most doctors will put you on a thyroid hormone such as Synthroid or the generic, levothyroxine.
“You don’t need medication, because you don’t have a thyroid problem!” Even though you still may have all the thyroid symptoms: extreme fatigue, hair falling out, cold hands and feet, etc., you’re NORMAL! Well…you know that what you are feeling is not “normal.” If you were, you would not be suffering from symptoms!
The #1 cause of low thyroid or hypothyroid in the United States is something called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroid. It’s an autoimmune condition and it means that your immune system is attacking your thyroid. An autoimmune condition is where your immune system is attacking a part of your body, and in your case, it is most likely attacking your thyroid gland. Remember, your thyroid controls your body’s metabolism. ALL OF IT! Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (aka. Autoimmune thyroid) is the #1 cause of low thyroid in the U.S. Your immune system is attacking your thyroid, and it is killing it. You just don’t have a “thyroid” problem, you have an “immune” problem! Unfortunately, thyroid hormones do nothing for this autoimmune attack. You will continue to lose more and more of your thyroid taking the medications. It is a slow, progressive, downward slide.
The bottom line is that you need a doctor that understands how to evaluate you as a whole. Also, a doctor who understands which tests to run. Someone who knows how to help your body get back on track.