I am regularly seeing clients that have all the symptoms of an under-active thyroid (hypo-thyroidism), but have been told by their Doctor that the blood tests are normal!After spending the last 14 months working in a specialist Thyroid clinic, I have seen hundreds of women (and a few men too!) that have all the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid, however when they have been to their Doctor and had blood tests done, they have come back as normal. How can this be? It is thought that 80% of women with an under-active thyroid, go undiagnosed!
Well to start with, often the only blood tests that the Doctor does, is for your TSH levels. This stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, the hormone that the Pituitary gland releases in response to the levels of Thyroid hormone in the body. The range for this is usually between 0.4 – 4.0 (or higher) mU/L. But your optimal levels for this is between 0.5 -1.0 mU/L. It is also important to have blood tests done for free T3, free T4, reverse T3 and Thyroid antibodies, but most Doctors are reluctant to do these.
Symptoms of hypo-thyroidism include fatigue, weakness, un-refreshing sleep, low body temperature, cold sensitivity, weight gain which can’t be lost, digestive problems (indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation), dry/coarse skin/hair, menstrual irregularities, depression, brain fog, poor memory. Signs include increased LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, homocysteine and C-reactive protein in blood tests.
So if this sounds like you, make an appointment to come and talk to me and I can arrange for blood tests to be done, or give you a list to request from your Doctor. There are lifestyle and nutrition areas that must be addressed also with this condition.