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Thyroid: I was told my labs were normal, but I feel bad!


“I am tired all the time”.  “My period is irregular”.  ” My hair is falling out”.  ” I have swelling in my legs at the end of the day”.  ” My fingernails keep breaking”.  “I was told my thyroid labs are normal” .   I wish that I could count the number of times I have heard those and more complaints from people on one hand, or two or even two hands and two feet.  The truth of this is sad in that often times people will have the classic symptoms of low thyroid function and here that there labs are normal, so “You are depressed”.   ” It is in your head”.  Or something similar is what the leave the office hearing.

Well just because one test namely TSH is normal doesn’t mean that the thyroid is functioning optimally.  In fact most labs are based on a “normal” range that simply means that is where 95 percent of the population is: between one number and the next.  Well guess what, 95 percent of the population at any one time has between three-fourths of a tank of gas and empty in there car right now.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to start the day or end the day with that little yellow light that says I am almost out of gas glowing at me as I start my car.  In fact if it does, I am a little apprehensive the rest of the day, trying to find the next gas station and hoping I make it there.  How unfortunate that so many people have that same feeling of looking for the next cup of coffee or the mountain dew or the sweet roll or whatever else is missing to keep their engine running.

There can be many things that effect the thyroid function including stress, who knew that one, low body temperature, menopause, elevated estrogen levels,  and several others.  So when these things start happening guess what those dreaded thyroid symptoms raise their ugly head and rob us of the energy we need for the day.   That doesn’t have to be the case at all.  There are particular tests that must be run in order to determine how the thyroid is functioning.  These tests then need to be interpreted with regards to function and optimal levels.  Then a regimen that is talored made for  those symptoms can be created.

Thyroid is not the only hormone though that effects energy levels and in fact if the dose of thyroid medication keeps increasing then there are other hormones to look at.  Come back in the next few days to learn more.

Thanks for listening and come back to hear more.



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