When your body does not produce enough thyroid hormone, its normal rate of function slows, causing mental and physical sluggishness. This underproduction is known as “hypothyroidism.” Symptoms of hypothyroidism are vast and range from fatigue, headaches, depression, anxiety, weight gain, joint pain, infertility, heart disease, irritability, impaired memory, poor circulation and the list goes on.
The good news is that hypothyroidism can be corrected, if it is detected. Most physicians recognize the significance of testing TSH to check thyroid levels. When your TSH is high, thyroid function is proportionally low. Measuring TSH levels is a good start but it doesn’t give a complete picture. It is also important to check T3 Free, and T4 Free levels. Testing T3 Free, T4 Free and also reverse T3 gives a better sense of which hormones needs adjusting.
Often thyroid levels are in the normal range, but you may have developed antibodies that disrupt proper thyroid functioning. If this situation is detected, then our job is to determine why you might have developed these anti-bodies and to get rid of them. Most doctors believe that it is not possible to correct these auto-immune states. Dr. Rathod personally corrected her auto-immune thyroid condition known as Hashimoto’s and no longer has detectable antibodies nor use prescription thyroid medication.
The overall goal of treatment is to restore balance to your body’s metabolic function. Assessing the entire picture and taking into consideration both lab values and patient symptoms to customize a treatment plan yields the best results.