Is anyone listening to you?
(Part 2 of 4)
I would bet that many of you are actually in the TSH “ normal” range (0.4-4.46) due to the use of thyroid hormone replacement-or not-but still have every symptom in the list of thyroid symptoms (fatigue, hair loss, headaches, insomnia, joint and muscle aches, fibrocystic breasts, weight gain, depression, irregular menses, cold intolerance, heat intolerance, PMS, difficulty concentrating and more). Your doctor says “you’re fine,” and you feel like screaming, “No, actually, I’m not!”
What can you do? Get an appointment with a naturopathic doctor, who is experienced with thyroid conditions, like myself (for those of you reading this from outside of Colorado, I will do my best to recommend colleagues in your area or we can set up a phone consult). This person ideally will have you take your basal body temperature (BBT) and help you monitor your blood hormone levels. You may be taken off of your current medication, prescribed additional medication, given iodine, supported with adrenal glandular, asked to eliminate certain foods that impair thyroid conversion or any number of combinations thereof to get your thyroid working better. What I am talking about is Metabolic Rehab!!! I love this term, it says it all.
Recommended tests: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, T4 total, T3 total, reverse T3 and TPO antibody.
Next post will talk more about Metabolic Rehab and what that means…