Are you feeling puffy and fatigued? Wondering why you just don’t feel like yourself, even though maybe you had thyroid tests and they came back normal? Can’t figure out why losing weight is so darn hard?
Stay tuned because in this video I’m going to share what doctors usually miss when it comes to properly testing your thyroid.
When women complain of lower energy, weight gain, brain fog and fatigue, chances are your doctor will test your thyroid.
When most people are testing for thyroid issues, the conventional approach is to only check TSH but just testing your TSH is a disservice to the patient for so many reasons.
Most conventionally trained doctors only test for TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone, which is made by the pituitary gland. However, they don’t test the other thyroid hormones that are actually made by your thyroid called T3 and T4.
What also happens is maybe your TSH comes back fine, and they just hand you an antidepressant and send you on your way without considering the other hormones that can be creating a wide range of symptoms that a standardized blood test just doesn’t account for
This can include your adrenal function, your stress hormones like cortisol, and other hormones like progesterone and testosterone (yes, even in women).
All of these play an essential role in your energy levels, maintaining a healthy weight and even your libido. The other big piece of the thyroid puzzle that most conventionally trained doctors miss is the large role that the gut plays in your hormone balance and how well your thyroid functions.
The thyroid hormone conversion from the inactive form of T4 to the active form T3 happens in the gut, and if you have a gut infection, this can create massive inflammation for your whole body including your thyroid gland In my practice, our goal is to get the complete picture of why your TSH is disrupted, or if your thyroid is even the real issue.
What’s frustrating is that some women do feel initially better with thyroid medications in the short term, because a hormone surge can work like steroids hitting your receptors. But then over time, they’re right back where they started and no better off.
When we work with patients to clean up their imbalances impacting their thyroid, afterwards, their labs and symptoms often normalize, so there’s no need for medication. In some cases, we still need to rely on thyroid medication, but there’s a right and a wrong way to do it.
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