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Symptoms of Low Thyroid Function

Fatigue, allergies, anxiety/panic attacks, high cholesterol, cold hands and feet, constipation (less than one BM daily), depression, easy bruising, endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, fluid retention, gallstones, hair loss, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, morning stiffness, poor night vision, PMS, puffy face, sleep apnea, weight gain, dry skin, iron deficiency, miscarriages, frequent nighttime urination, feel like your living in slow motion….these are some of the many symptoms of low thyroid function. To get treated, you do not have to fit the box of a diagnosis, and if you aren’t feeling good, we will not tell you, “everything is normal.” There is always something we can do.

We look at the full picture of your thyroid function, including TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and antibodies. Free T3 is the active form of thyroid hormone in your body. Without testing Free T3, you are not getting any type of indication on how your thyroid is functioning.

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Benefits of Thyroid Hormone:

  • Protects against heart disease, diabetes, fatigue, weight gain, increased cholesterol, and memory loss.
  • Thyroid hormones regulate body temperature, metabolism, energy, and fat burning.
  • Increases metabolism and fat break down which leads to weight loss and lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • Many studies demonstrate that only high physiologic levels result in resolution of symptoms.
  • May restore normal menstruation and fertility in PCOS.

What if you are on Levothyroxine or Synthroid and still don’t feel better? Or, you feel worse? This is because Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is only T4. And when you’re only taking T4, it will suppress your T3. We prescribe desiccated thyroid, which is a combination of T4 and T3. We optimize your dose not only to improve symptoms but to also help protect you from things like heart disease.

Additionally and most importantly, we listen to you and consider the symptoms you are experiencing when determining a treatment plan for you. We look at optimal ranges, rather than the standard lab range, which is based on a statistic. You are not a statistic! We don’t treat you as a number or a chart. We use the lab results as a guide.