Thyroid Dysfunction Can Present Itself Within a Variety of Symptoms
If you have any of the following symptoms it is probable that you have thyroid dysfunction:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Cold hands and feet
- Muscle cramps and aches
- Memory loss
- Dry skin and hair
- Can’t lose weight
- Depression/ irritability
- Loss of motivation
There are many people with thyroid issues that are told their lab values are normal, even though their symptoms are quite evident.
The thyroid is the primary gland for metabolism in the body. Low thyroid levels lead to poor digestion, low enzymes in the digestive system and therefore constipation. It can have a negative impact on neurotransmitters in the brain causing low dopamine levels which can cause the loss of motivation, depression, and other problems.
Low thyroid function can lead to high cholesterol, triglycerides and gallstones. Progesterone receptor sites can be affected also, therefore causing hormonal symptoms for women.
The important thing is to be tested thoroughly by having a full panel. A full panel should consist of TSH, total T4, free T4, total T3, free T3, T3 uptake and thyroid antibodies (TPO and anti-thyroglobulin). Having a practitioner who fully understands thyroid physiology and uses functional/optimal reference ranges is important.
Lack of ideal thyroid hormones leads to decline in cellular function of all bodily systems. Balancing the body is the main goal of any functional medicine practitioner, not just the removal of symptoms.
Hashimoto’s disease is considered the most prevalent autoimmune disorder in the United States. Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid disease is a disorder where the thyroid gland is the site of autoimmune attack. Therefore this is really an immune system problem not just a thyroid issue. By focusing on the immune system you can slow the attack and deterioration on the gland itself. If not addressed in this manner, each year more and more thyroid medication is needed as the gland is slowly being destroyed. This is why many people on thyroid hormones don’t feel any better.
The autoimmune component must be addressed. Once TPO and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies are positive in testing, this autoimmunity is present and can’t be turned off, but can be controlled, suppressed, and slowed. This is great news.
It is good to know we can make choices to effectively manage this condition and feel good.
Please contact our office to set up a time to talk with Dr. Linda Orlasky so you can ask questions, and she can learn more about your health goals and your expectations.