What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
Fatigue and an inability to lose weight are two symptom commonly experienced by most hypothyroid patients. But there is a wide range of symptoms that occur when the metabolism slows down due to low thyroid hormones.
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
• Weight Gain
• Sensitivity to cold
• Muscle or joint aches
• Brain fog, including poor memory and poor concentration
• Non-refreshing sleep
• Brittle hair and nails
• Shortness of breath (often called “air hunger”)
• Thinning hair
• Sensitivity to cold
• Significantly calloused heels
• Chronic yeast infections
• Low libido (sex drive)
• And more
What tests do I need?
The TSH (or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is the test that most doctors use to screen for hypothyroidism. But this test actually measures how well the pituitary is “talking” to the thyroid gland, rather than measuring actual thyroid hormones or, more importantly, the level of thyroid activity in the body . Patients are often frustrated because their TSH test results are “normal,” and their doctor tells them nothing is wrong. This standard testing does not catch 80% of patients who have low thyroid hormone levels.
There’s a better way to measure your thyroid health.
At Aveda Integrative Medical Center, we specialize in comprehensive testing, including Free T4, Free T3, reverse T3, sex hormone binding globulin (SHGB), leptin. These tests can help us determine if you are suffering from hypothyroidism, and can help us get you on the road to wellness.
Common (and not so common) Treatments
The overwhelming majority of doctors and endocrinologists use Synthroid, which is the inactive thyroid hormone T4, and hope your body converts it to the active thyroid hormone T3. The problem is that the conversion of T4 (the storage hormone) to T3 (the active hormone) can be reduced in anyone with significant stress, depression, history of dieting, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, chronic inflammation, chronic infections, PMS, iron deficiency, and many more conditions. Thus, T3-containing preparations and straight time-released T3 is much more effective for the majority of people.
Our treatment options include customized bioidentical thyroid hormone combinations of T4/T3, as well as time-released T3.
Our cutting-edge therapies also include the addition of important nutritional supplements that can help regulate thyroid balance, support a healthy metabolism, and improve your weight loss, energy, and mood.
Results can be dramatic for a wide range of conditions with overall increased energy, weight loss, enhanced sense of well-being, resolution of hair loss, improved skin tone, enhanced immunity, and significantly reduced risk for cancer and heart disease.
We’ve helped thousands of patients reclaim their health and start enjoying life again.