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Natural Hypothyroidism Treatment

Get Relief from Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's & Thyroid Disorders

The “Great Masquerader”

Hypothyroidism is considered the “Great Masquerader” because many of its  symptoms resemble symptoms of numerous other diseases. Improper thyroid  functions are often misdiagnosed as depression, PMS, poor diet or any  number of other conditions. Often times, hypothyroidism is treated as  depression. Conventional medicine relies on medical blood tests for diagnosis  and monitoring of the illness. Many people suffer because of wide  variation in “normal ranges.” Even after a correct diagnosis, it may be difficult to obtain  optimal treatment because many people have autoimmune thyroid damage.

Causes of Hypothyroidism & Thyroid Disorders

Hypothyroidism can be caused by a number of reasons including autoimmune  disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common  cause in the US). Other causes for low thyroid function include –

  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Radiation to the Neck and Head
  • Certain Medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Certain Congenital Defects and Pituitary Disorders
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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism can cause a myriad of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair loss. Other common symptoms of hypothyroidism and  thyroid disorders include muscle aches, joint stiffness, constipation,  depression, heavy or irregular menstrual periods, headaches and mental  slowness. If hypothyroidism is not controlled in a timely manner, a number of  health problems can occur, including increased cholesterol levels, which can lead to cardiovascular problems, depression and other mood disorders and  lowered mental functions. Additionally, long-term hypothyroidism can cause  peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that causes pain, tingling and  numbness.

The following questions will help you determine if you may be suffering from  hypothyroidism.

  • Do you find yourself feeling tired or exhausted for no apparent reason?
  • Do you keep gaining weight in spite of eating reasonably well?
  • Are you experiencing dry skin, hair loss, and feel cold all the time?

 

If you find yourself answering yes to most of these questions, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism and would benefit from seeing a thyroid  specialist. Click here to learn more about the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism.

Treatment and Management of Thyroid Disorders

Managing hypothyroidism and thyroid disorders is based on your individual  health, genetics, hormone levels and medical history. The physician will  recommend some specialized blood tests to evaluate your thyroid levels. This  includes a TSH, free and total T4 and T3 levels, and thyroid antibodies  to check for autoimmune or Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. Optimal lab ranges for these may differ from normal conventional ranges. Additionally, other  laboratory testing may be done to identify possible causes or associations  with hypothyroidism, including male and female hormone assays, adrenal  hormone assays, vitamin and mineral deficiency evaluations and evaluations  for drug, chemical or heavy metal toxicities. Based on your history and test  results, your integrative thyroid doctor may recommend  numerous thyroid treatment options, including:

  • Natural thyroid replacement or supportive supplements
  • Conventional synthetic hormone replacement
  • Correction of vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Diet and nutrition improvements
  • Correction of hormonal imbalances

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