Low Thyroid - Hypothyroidism Fatigued, depressed? More than likely, it’s not the weather or the moon but it could be related to hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland is the metabolic governor of the body. When the thyroid gland is sluggish or under active, or when thyroid hormone is not well assimilated by the cells of the body, then you may experience a slowing of your metabolism. A sluggish metabolism can lead to multiple symptoms and increased health risks.
One of the most important services provided to guests is listening. We take time to ask detailed questions and to listen to your symptoms and conditions. By doing so, we can often identify problems which do not show up on routine blood tests. A blood test reveals the levels of various hormones, minerals, proteins, and antibodies only at a single moment in time. Levels may vary significantly from lab to lab. Diet, exercise, or medications can affect the results.
A blood test alone does not accurately depict or correlate with your overall health.
However, the description of your symptoms is a very accurate and helpful source of information needed to successfully treat you and place you on a path of health and wellness. You receive the most benefit from a treatment regimen based upon your clinical history, a list of symptoms, basal body temperature, and 24-hour urinalysis as opposed to relying strictly on the results of a particular blood test.
The natural treatment of hypothyroidism is desiccated thyroid (Armour Thyroid) or compounded bio-identical thyroid replacement. If symptoms of low thyroid persist, then the dosage is increased incrementally until your symptoms are resolved.
Treatment of this condition If symptoms of low thyroid persist, then the dosage is increased or decreased depending upon your symptoms, basal body temperature and thyroid levels. The dosage of thyroid hormone will be based primarily on symptoms rather than blood values. The blood levels are used as a guideline.
Replacement with both Armour and Compounded Thyroid are of the identical thyroid molecules, which our body produces, T3 and T4. The thyroid hormone will not have an immediate effect; do not expect resolution of symptoms until you have been on the correct dosage for 2-3 weeks.
Survey for Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
This thyroid questionnaire lists symptoms and other factors most commonly found in people suffering from low thyroid, or hypothyroidism. By answering this questionnaire, your scores will determine whether or not you might have low thyroid.
Do you have fatigue?
Do you have elevated cholesterol?
Do you have difficulty losing weight?
Do you have cold hands and feet?
Are you sensitive to the cold?
Do you have difficulty thinking?
Do you find it hard to concentrate?
Do you experience brain fog?
Do you have poor short term memory?
Are your moods depressed?
Are you experiencing hair loss?
Do you have less than one bowel movement a day?
Do you have dry skin?
Does your skin itch in the winter?
Do you have fluid retention?
Do you have recurrent headaches?
Do you sleep restlessly?
Are you tired when you awaken?
Do you have afternoon fatigue?
Do you experience tingling or numbness in your hands or feet?
Do you have decreased sweating?
Have you had problems with infertility or miscarriages?
Do you have recurrent infections?
Do your muscles ache?
Do you have joint pain?
Do you have thinning of your eyebrows or eyelashes?
Is your tongue enlarged with teeth indentations?
Is your skin pasty, puffy or pale?
Do you have decreased body hair?
Is your voice hoarse?
Do you have a slow pulse?
Do you have low blood pressure?
Does your body temperature run below the normal 98.6º?
Do you have sleep apnea?
Each question/symptom is 1 point
Scoring less than 10 points, it is not likely that you have low thyroid
Scoring between 11-30 points indicates low thyroid as a possibility
Scoring above 30 points would suggest that low thyroid is very likely