Minnesota Thyroid Doctor
Did Your Doctor...
- Find your TSH levels normal but you still feel hypothyroid, fatigue and in pain?
- Measure your Free T4 level and your conversion to active Free T3?
- Measure your level of Reverse T3, which blocks Free T3 activity.
- Measure your thyroid antibodies, Hashimoto’s is the cause of 90% of hypothyroidism today!
- If you have low Free T3 levels or Hashimoto's disease does your doctor know how to treat it beyond giving you Synthroid?
- Were you also thoroughly tested for insulin resistance and pre-diabetes?
- Did your doctor test you for mitochondrial dysfunction?
- Were you tested for hidden food allergies?
The thyroid directly supports the following systems:
- Bone metabolism
- Immune System
- Brain/Nervous System
- Endocrine System (adrenal glands, ovaries, testes)
- Gastrointestinal function
- Liver and gallbladder
- Growth/Sex hormones
- Fat Burning
- Insulin and Glucose Metabolism
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Proper stomach acid
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Fatigue, tired, or sluggish?
- Cold feet and/or hands?
- Require lots of sleep to function?
- Gain weight easily? Cannot lose weight?
- Difficult or infrequent bowel movements?
- Are you depressed or Lack motivation?
- Suffer from thinning hair or excessive hair falling out?
- Suffer with dryness of the skin and/or scalp?
- Suffer from mental sluggishness or brain fog?
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
- Suffer from heart palpitations?
- Suffer from inward trembling?
- Do you have an increased pulse even at rest?
- Are you nervous and emotional?
- Do you suffer from insomnia? Do you suffer from night sweats?
- Do you have difficulty gaining weight?
“Doctor, if my tests are “normal”, why do I feel so awful!”
The thyroid has a major influence on your metabolism and your overall health; in fact every cell in your body has a receptor for the thyroid hormone thyroxine. One in 13 Americans are affected by thyroid disorders! More than half of these people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Your brain produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to stimulate your thyroid to produce the hormone called T4. Usually your doctor will only measure TSH for thyroid problems and if abnormal you will be placed on synthetic T4 Synthroid. The problem is T4, whether produced by your thyroid or taken orally, is a storage hormone and your liver must convert it into the biologically active T-3. Your active T-3 is the accelerator to your metabolic engine. Your liver also creates a hormone called Reverse T-3 which is the biological brake to your metabolism. You need a proper balance of both active T-3 and reverse T-3 for optimal metabolism, not too fast and not too slow.
Whenever you are emotionally, physically, or biologically stressed, such as being chronically ill, after surgery, after a car accident or your diabetic, aging, or even taking drugs like beta blockers you produce more Reverse T-3. Also if you are taking T4, Synthroid or levothyroxine, and your body is unable to properly convert it to the biologically active T-3 it can be converted into excess Reverse T-3. Whenever Reverse T-3 is elevated it blocks active T-3 from binding to your cells and doing its job. You end up with more brake on than accelerator.
In this situation you develop many or all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but your TSH levels and T4 levels will almost always be within normal limits. To properly understand and diagnose your condition I run at least 8 different thyroid tests TSH, total T4, free T4, total T-3, free T3, reverse T-3, and calculate the reverse T-3 total T-3 ratio. Along with this I run all thyroid antibody tests to determine if you have the most common cause of thyroid dysfunction the autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto's disease. Hashimoto's disease over time destroys your thyroid and generally elevates reverse T-3 levels giving you a double whammy.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: The majority of all thyroid problems today are caused by Hashimoto’s disease. It is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, slowly killing it off! Most Hashimoto’s patients go undiagnosed because doctors do not run the right tests. Patient’s that suffer from Hashimoto’s experience some or all of the above symptoms. If you have Hashimoto's diesase it must be treated properly before you destory your thyroid completely. Click Here for more information.
- Are you tired of running from doctor to doctor, piling one drug on top of another, escalating the real potential of dangerous drug reactions
- Are you tired of taking drugs that cannot fix the problem? Do you continue to struggle with symptoms day in and day out?
- Here is a list of thyroid symptoms…Any Sound Familiar?