Are you tired, depressed, cold, irritable, and experiencing poor memory? Maybe you are having difficulty losing weight even though you have tried everything. Do you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, muscle cramps or difficulty swallowing? If so, you need to have your thyroid checked. These signs can be due to low thyroid.
The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins and works with the sex hormones, adrenal glands, and neurotransmitters (blood chemistry that affects our moods, mental function and physical well-being).
Perhaps you have had your thyroid lab done and your doctor said it was “normal.” You look good on paper but you know you are not well. You have even noticed hair loss. Your doctor says, “It’s probably stress.” It could be. However, since almost everyone today is feeling stressed, we would be a bald headed nation.
When you gradually get out of bed in the morning the first thing you see in the mirror are the puffy eyes and eyelid swelling. Not a welcome sight. You may also see the outermost portion of your eyebrows thinning or missing. Your hair looks dry and brittle.
The problem is according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, more than 57 million Americans suffer from a thyroid problem but 50% go undiagnosed!
The good news is once you have the right tests done and see a doctor knowledgeable in thyroid function, you can live an energetic, happy, healthy life without the above symptoms.
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Is your doctor just ordering a TSH? You need more.
The thyroid gland produces 2 major hormones, Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). These two hormones work inside the cells of the body, primarily influencing the metabolism of the cells. In other words, thyroid hormone helps the cell machinery produce energy. When there is an adequate amount of thyroid hormone, the cell machinery functions normally and the metabolism of the cells (and the body) occurs at a normal level. When there is an inadequate amount of thyroid hormone produced (i.e., hypothyroidism), the metabolism of the cells (and the body) will decline, and the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism will be present.
The thyroid produces much more T4 (approximately 80%) than T3 (approximately 20%). T3 is much more active than T4 (about 300% more active) and T3 is the thyroid hormone that actually increases the metabolism inside the cells. The majority of T4 is actually converted into T3 inside the cells of the body.
Thyroid Production -> Pituitary Gland (Brain) -> TSH -> Thyroid Gland -> T4 -> T3 -> Effects on Body
Therese Hertoghe, MD, an internationally recognized Belgian endocrinologist, believes that the TSH test is not sensitive enough in identifying a hypothyroid (low thyroid) condition. In Dr.Hertoghe’s experience, the TSH test may only identify 2-5% of the hypothyroid individuals!
Dr. Hertoghe recommends correlating the blood test results with the clinical picture and symptoms in order to secure an accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
It has been my experience that relying solely on the TSH test will result in under-diagnosing many individuals who are suffering from hypothyroidism – up to 30% of the population. The laboratory tests should not be the sole judge of whether there is hypothyroidism present or not. I think all commonly used lab tests for thyroid function leave much to be desired, that they are useful in some but not all cases, and that they are no substitute for a good physician’s knowledge of expert clinical impression of what it may be doing in the case of an individual patient.
Are your thyroid tests “normal” but you are experiencing hair loss, fatigue, depression, cold, irritability, constipation, having difficulty losing weight and experiencing poor memory?
If so call Dr. Norling 828-595-9880 to have a comprehensive thyroid evaluation.
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