November 30, 2021

Hypothyroidism

There are several causes for hypothyroidism, however, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Unfortunately, many patients are not aware that they have this underlying autoimmune dysfunction and often have limited thyroid testing such as only TSH and free T4.

Patients are are taking thyroid hormones which may be necessary but still they suffer from common low thyroid symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, feeling cold, depression, constipation, weight gain, foggy brain, memory issues, and hot flashes. Their labs come back normal, but they still have these symptoms.

I see patients in the office like this all the time. The truth is there is a very common cause of a low thyroid dysfunction that is many times completely missed due limited lab testing. Many patients have an autoimmune problem and not a thyroid problem.

Like everything I do in the office, my goal is not treat your label (diagnosis) but uncover the “underlying cause” of why your condition exists in the first place. Unfortunately, few healthcare practitioners embrace or investigate into these areas.