Patient Care

THYROID MANAGEMENT

THYROID MANAGEMENT

THYROID HEALTH

The thyroid is a gland that manages different functions in the body.  Symptoms of an overactive or underactive thyroid gland can vary.  However, common complaints include;

  • unexplained weight gain,
  • lethargy, extreme fatigue
  • cold hands and feet,
  • slow metabolism,
  • depression, anxiety, irritability
  • dry skin
  • changes in menstrual cycle,
  • changes in sleep patterns,
  • decreased sex drive,
  • muscle pain,
  • hair falling out or thinning,
  • slow digestion
  • loss of motivation
  • tired but wired

This is not gender specific.  Thyroid conditions are among the most frequently misdiagnosed health concerns for a number of reasons. A primary problem is that the laboratory evaluation that is used as the cornerstone of conventional diagnosis has limitations.

The most typical test a doctor will request is called Thyroid Stimulation Hormone (TSH).  In fact, the TSH test is not a thyroid hormone test, it is a pituitary hormone. And while this is a reasonable screening test, it does not measure thyroid hormones: it measures a pituitary hormone which in turn, extends that to judge your thyroid status.  I frequently hear tales of frustration from patients who have taken the time to evaluate their symptoms and feel that they may have a thyroid issue, but they cannot get their practitioner to provide a deeper lab profile.

Therefore, it may be more beneficial to test a more thorough list of the thyroid hormones through a Thyroid Panel. It is imperative to measure the actual thyroid hormones to ensure optimal levels and adequate conversion to the most potent forms.  Once I have the correct laboratory markers, I can work on a treatment plan that is designed specifically for you to get your thyroid working optimally.

Book an Initial Naturopathic Consultation to get further insight into your health concerns.