Thyroid disorders are very prevalent in the United States. Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid hormone output, is the topic of our current conversation. The thyroid is a small gland that sits at the front of the neck near the throat. It is responsible for regulating body temperature, energy expenditure, hunger, weight, and much more. The gland secretes a few very important hormones. We will focus on T4 and T3. These hormones are crucial for mood, energy, weight maintenance, digestion, and much more. With hypothyroidism, the output of T4 and T3 diminish and a variety of symptoms present. It is important to understand the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, the appropriate testing, and holistic approaches to improving the function of this important little gland.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Moodiness and Anxiety
- Intolerance to Cold
- Cold Hands and Feet
- Dry Skin
- Hair Loss
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Weight Gain
- Muscle Aches
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to work with a provider that looks beyond the regular thyroid panel consisting of TSH and T4. Most hypothyroid cases are a result of autoimmunity which promotes a self-directed attack on our own gland. If this is the case it is important to address diet, lifestyle, and nutrition when attempting to reduce the extent of thyroid dysfunction. At CAMP, we recommend a comprehensive thyroid panel to address for the root cause of your thyroid dysfunction.
You may have a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, but still experience many of the symptoms described above. It is essential to work with a very knowledgeable medical provider when working to find the appropriate thyroid replacement therapy. Thyroid medications, including Synthroid®, continue to show up on the top 50 most-prescribed medication lists year after year. It is very important to receive the appropriate replacement for your unique make-up. We typically recommend co-management with a thyroid specialist when addressing diet and lifestyle concerns.
What should be done if you receive a diagnosis of hypothyroidism? It is essential to determine what the root cause of your hypothyroidism is. If it is caused by an altered immune system response, it is essential to regulate diet and lifestyle to remove the inflammatory triggers that may worsen your condition. There are a variety of other causal factors. In fact, you may experience thyroid symptoms with completely “normal” labs. This can be very difficult to deal with. We are trained to care differently and therefore we assess the labs, history, and your symptoms in a unique manner that allows for a more thorough review of thyroid function.
Consider contacting us today for a complimentary consultation to determine if a comprehensive thyroid blood workup would benefit you. We are conveniently located in Fayetteville and offer hours that fit your busy schedule.