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Understanding Low Thyroid Problems, and Why It's Underdiagnosed
Symptoms and solutions
Those baffled by weight gain, excessive sleep and fatigue may be experiencing the effects of a thyroid that under produces, a condition that is largely under diagnosed.
The thyroid, located in the throat, is a vital part of the body that controls how quickly the body expends energy. It is central to building proteins and controlling how the body responds to hormones.
Certain conditions damage the thyroid, interfering with all of its important functions. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, go see a doctor:
Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) Symptoms:
- Increase in weight gain
- Require excessive amount of sleep to function properly
- Chronic digestive problems
Low Thyroid Signs:
- Dry or brittle hair
- Hair falls out easily
- Dry skin
It does matter who you see about these problems, however. Some doctors are able to effectively treat symptoms, but a better route is to discover the underlying causes of why the thyroid is underproducing. This approach is called functional endocinology.
Often, when someone is suffering from the signs or symptoms listed above the doctor will run a TSH and that's it. If the TSH comes back increased, then their treatment is limited to a hormone replacement. The problem with that is, the thyroid is usually never the main problem that is causing the high TSH; it's usually an endocrine imbalance going on somewhere else in the body that is the main driving force. That is why these patients continue to decline or feel no improvement with that type of management, because nothing is being done to treat the actual cause of their disease.
The thyroid is a very complex organ and has many different metabolic functions. It requires a 3 step process for diagnosing and managing a patient, which I have listed below:
- You must know what tests to run.
- You must know how to analyze those tests.
- You must know how to build a treatment plan for each individual to fit their specific needs.
If you only know how to do 2 of the 3, the patient is going to continue with their troubles. Remember, everyone is uniquely different from one another and could have a totally different problem. It is very important to make each treatment plan very personalized to address each individual's specific needs.
Hashimoto's Disease: The number one cause of low thyroid in America
The number one cause of low thyroid is an autoimmune disease, and Hashimoto's falls into that category. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid, which if not treated properly, can lead to other serious autoimmune diseases. Properly diagnosing this problem can drastically change the course of care. To properly manage these patients you must do detailed medical testing to figure out how to dampen their immune system, since it's not even a thyroid problem, it's an autoimmune problem! This is also why patients may have a normal TSH but still feel terrible. Their immune response is still raging throughout their entire body.
Modern testing can reveal the true nature of autoimmune disorders. Through modern testing, we can actually find out what endocrine imbalances are causing the high TSH and then we are able to restore those imbalances.
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