Is it my thyroid??
I had a woman visit me at the office the other day with complaints of fatigue, weight gain and depression. She was very frustrated because she had gone to many doctors and they kept telling her “everything is normal”. She had tried vitamins, multiple diets, yoga and exercise and her symptoms kept getting worse. As I listened to her story, I couldn’t stop thinking of how many people could be feeling the same way without knowing this can be fixed.
Thyroid dysfunction is a very common problem that is often overlooked. This is why I decided to write this post, to help those who have the same symptoms or concerns. Have you been suffering from any of the following symptoms: Fatigue, Decreased libido, Hair loss, Memory loss, Constipation, Insomnia, Weight gain, Chronic fatigue, Irritability, Foggy brain or Depression? Have you ever had your thyroid levels checked? Even if the blood tests are “normal”… they might not be optimal for your age.
Many patients suffer from a thyroid condition for many years before they are diagnosed. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is the basic blood test used to check your thyroid levels but this is not the only one. This one could be normal and the other levels might still not be balanced. Every physician has their own parameters of what “normal” is. In my opinion, it is patient dependent. I look at the whole picture, the patient’s blood work and symptoms and decide then, on what would be an optimal level for that patient. When you are getting your annual check up, always make sure your doctor checks a FULL thyroid panel and that the results are in the optimal range.
Many things can affect your thyroid levels like stress, being sick, food, pregnancy and even other medications. The thyroid is one of the most important organs in the body since it controls your metabolism, heart rate, brain function, fertility, energy level and even your mood. You could be taking multiple medications for many different symptoms which could maybe be stopped or switched for just one thyroid pill. Make sure your doctor checks all the thyroid hormones needed and always go to a physician who specializes in hormones and can balance your levels with the appropriate dose. Above is a picture of our clinic, Bella Mia Medical. If you are in the Tampa area, we are happy to help you and we can tell you if your hormones are balanced or need to be optimized.
I will be talking about the different types of thyroid medications in a later post. I hope this helps you find answers to any abnormal symptoms you may be having… XOXO!