Hypothyroidism is becoming more common as awareness about it increases, however; it is also regularly under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed as: depression, post-partum depression, chronic fatigue, and arthritis in countless patients. While hypothyroidism affects men and women at any age, the symptoms can take a number of years to develop and often times they are dismissed as part of the natural aging process. These symptoms can become more and more obvious to the patient and can quickly become more severe leading to severe physical and psychological problems if left untreated.
Thyroid function can be easily affected by hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue, inadequate nutrition, and medications. Millions of people have their symptoms dismissed since their lab results, typically their TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, is “within normal limits”. The majority of these people may be suffering from what is known as subclinical hypothyroidism and may experience mild to severe symptoms that can worsen with time, if not treated appropriately.
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain
- Cold hands and feet
- Puffy eyes/ face
- Hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Dry skin
- Low energy
- Weak muscles
- Sore joints
The Benefits of Natural Hypothyroidism Treatment:
The benefits of optimizing the thyroid and all of its components can be quickly noticed by an increase in energy, weight loss, improved mood, regulated body temperature, new hair growth, and stronger nails. Symptoms will typically resolve at a faster pace if the patient is also balancing hormones, restoring the adrenal glands, and has a healthy lifestyle.
What to Expect:
It is very important to diagnose hypothyroidism and subclinical hypothyroidism as early as possible to prevent a decline in physical and psychological well-being. Preliminary and follow-up testing is done with a simple blood test.
Regular visits, with blood work, are typical and a necessary part of treatment to ensure each patient is getting the correct dosage of thyroid as his/ her needs change.
Once results are received, patients are seen by Dr. Shel to formulate a customized hypothyroidism treatment plan that may include a combination of natural T3, T4, supplementation and recommendations for additional testing to treat for other wellness related conditions such as: hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, weight gain, and allergies.