Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Many people tell me that their doctor has tested their thyroid, found it to be ‘in the normal range,’ and decided to not prescribe thyroid medication.
Many people with low thyroid are prescribed Synthroid or levo-thyroxine to treat their hypothyroidism. While this is the ‘standard of care,’ for many it leaves their body low on thyroid hormone.
How can you tell your thyroid is low?
Usually this answer is actually pretty simple. If your thyroid is low, you might notice:
- Dry skin
- Thinning and losing hair
- Cracks in the corners of your fingers by the nails
- Fingernails chip, crack, peel
And, if you are hypothyroid and your doctor has prescribed levo-thyroxine, if these symptoms continue it means you are still low in thyroid hormone. Most likely it also means that your prescribed medication is not working as well as your body would like.
So, if you have 2 or 3 or these issues, your body has already advised that you are hypothyroid. The only reason you need a thyroid test is to make sure your levels are not elevated, and it is safe to prescribe you thyroid medication.
How can I be low in thyroid when my labs are in the normal range?
Lab tests reveal levels of thyroid hormone in your blood. This hormone now needs to circulate and touch receptors on cells throughout your body to create their designed effects.
Not only do you need enough of the hormone, you also need working receptors on your cells. Unfortunately, there are lots of things in our environment and in our food that make our receptors not work as well. Therefore, it is entirely possible that your body needs a higher level of hormone to activate your receptors properly.
It is also possible that your immune system is making your thyroid system not work properly.
What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?
This is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when your immune system attacks your thyroid system. This makes treatment for low thyroid a little more complicated.
What lab tests are ordered to check thyroid function?
To get a more complete picture of what is going on in your body it can be important to check levels of:
Unfortunately, doctors are taught that all they need to measure is TSH. Be informed… If you have most of the hypothyroid symptoms, a normal TSH is pretty meaningless. Your thyroid levels are still low until proven to be HIGH. IF your levels measure normal, they are still too low for your body to operate correctly.
What about Body Temperature?
Normal body temperature is considered to be 98.6°. If you typically run at 97, then your ‘normal’ is actually ‘a quart low.’ And 97 is never normal.
The answer is found in the biochemistry and chemical reactions needed to run the systems of our biology. If our billions of chemical reactions were forced to occur naturally, many would never happen, and most would happen too slowly. Therefore, most chemical reactions in our body are catalyzed by enzymes. These enzymes are designed to facilitate chemical reactions at a lower temperature than what would be required if the enzymes were not present. And the optimal operating temperature for most of our enzymatic reactions happens to be 98.6°. therefore, if you are running at 97, all of your chemical reactions occur s l o w l y.
In addition to a lower temperature, you will also not heal as fast, and much more.
Fortunately, there is a way to reset your body temperature to 98.6. The process may take about 3 months and can be complicated.
IF your life is complicated by these issues, if you are looking for some common sense answers, stop tolerating suboptimal care and call to make a consultation appointment today.