Do you feel awful but your provider continues to tell you that your thyroid labs are normal?
Often times, providers are not ordering a complete thyroid panel and do not thoroughly assess patients for symptoms of thyroid disease. One of the largest obstacles are the reference ranges for thyroid labs. When scientists first set out to identify the "normal" reference range they inadvertently included those with thyroid disease and the elderly leading to a skewed reference range that is far too broad. This continues to contribute to the vast misdiagnosis of thyroid patients. According to the American College of Endocrinology 30 million Americans have thyroid disease and at least half of them are undiagnosed. In Functional Medicine, we understand that "normal" does not necessarily mean healthy and we determine labs based on optimal health.
Why do I still feel bad even on thyroid hormone?
The standard of care for thyroid disease does not address many factors that effect thyroid imbalance including nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, environmental toxins, gut health, and infections. Many thyroid patient are under dosed on their thyroid medications or are not on the correct type of medication. For an example, many thyroid patients are only offered t4 medications such as levothyroxine. However, it is common that patients are unable to properly convert t4 to the bioactive t3 hormone resulting in continuation of hypothyroid symptoms. The autoimmune component (Hashimoto's Disease) which also contributes to symptoms, accounts for the cause of an estimated 90% of thyroid disease and is not addressed in mainstream medicine.
What about Hashimoto's?
Currently, it is not accepted in mainstream medicine that anything can be done to reverse or decrease the autoimmune attack on the thyroid. However, this is not true! It is possible for the autoimmunity to go in remission or drastically decrease. There have been a multitude of studies on this topic and scientific literature supports that autoimmunity can go into remission when the following are addressed: environmental toxicities, food sensitivities , infections, nutrient deficiencies, trauma and gut health.
I can help you.
The thyroid consultation and coaching packages include a functional review of lab work prior to your call, nursing assessment, lifestyle and nutritional coaching and a list of recommended additional lab work to request from your provider if necessary. I will also provide education on the many options for thyroid medications and how to approach your provider. Using a Functional Medicine Approach, I will help you get to the root cause of your hormone imbalance and regain your health.