August 23, 2017

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 misdiagnosed because physicians are ignoring the most common cause of hypothyroidism.

Many people are on thyroid hormone and most traditional doctors use TSH as the exclusive lab marker. If then a patient has symptoms after thyroid medication, they consider medicating for each symptom.

Patients are told that their thyroid was normal or are taking thyroid hormones but still 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 and a lack of understanding of the complexities of thyroid function. 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. However, when you do, your physiology and dysfunction changes their health improve dramatically!