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Low Thyroid Symptoms and Vitamin D

Should you be supplementing with vitamin D?

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Director of the Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ Explains:

More and more people are taking vitamin D.  They have seen on the news or the web that it is good for them.  Taking vitamin D is good for you…IF YOU NEED IT.

Modern diets are lacking in Vitamin D rich foods.  What are Vitamin D rich foods?  Liver, organ meats, lard, many forms of seafood, butter and egg yolks.

The best-known function of active vitamin D is to help regulate blood levels of calcium and phosphorous. Vitamin D increases absorption of minerals from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In combination with parathyroid hormone, it enhances their reabsorption from the kidneys and their mobilization from bones into the blood. Vitamin D helps maintain calcium levels even if dietary intakes are not optimal. Calcitriol affects growth of normal cells and some cancer cells. Adequate vitamin-D status has been linked to a reduced risk of developing breast, colon, and prostrate cancers.

Sunlight is another important factor and source of Vitamin D.  BUT, you should NEVER take vitamin D without having your Vitamin D levels tested, specifically, 25 OHD and 1,25 OHD.  Most doctors only test 25 OHD.  I feel this is a mistake.  It is very important to have both levels tested.  I see at least one patient a week that comes in taking Vit D that have low or normal 25 OHD levels and high 1,25 OHD levels.

Why could it be bad a bad idea to take Vitamin D?  One reason is because it is a fat-soluble vitamin.  That means it is tougher for your body to get excess amounts out of your system.   Vitamin D is most likely to have toxic effects when consumed in excessive amounts through supplementation. Excess vitamin D raises blood calcium levels, resulting in calcium precipitation in soft tissues and stone formation in the kidneys, where calcium becomes concentrated in an effort to excrete it.

Why is Vitamin D so important with patients that have low thyroid symptoms like hair loss, depression, weight gain and fatigue?  Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many, many autoimmune conditions including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  Autoimmune rates have been skyrocketing in the past 20 years and have been correlated with decreased levels of Vitamin D in the general population.

The number one cause of low thyroid in America is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s.

Adequate Vitamin D levels help to keep the immune system balance so it doesn’t swing out of control into an autoimmune disease.  When it comes to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the problems with Vitamin D deficiency is made worse by genetics.  There are studies that show that more than 90 percent of the people with an autoimmune thyroid or Hashimoto’s have a genetic defect affecting their ability to process Vitamin D.

The take home message here is to NOT just take vitamin D because you think it is good for you.  Find a thyroid doctor that can actually do the detective work and find out if it is something that you need.


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Low Thyroid Symptoms and Vitamin D

The Hidden Connection Between Thyroid Disease and Diabetes

Dr. Chris Heimlich, DC, DACNB, Scottsdale Thyroid Doctor Comments:

Although I have written posts about blood sugar and low thyroid symptoms in the past, I came across a recent article the other day that I wanted to share with you that links thyroid disorders and diabetes.  The article states that Diabetes and Thyroid Disease appear to be closely linked.  They also stated that the data did not differ between type 1 and type 2 Diabetes.

The article also suggested a common genetic background for both thyroid disease and diabetes.  They also link the conditions to autoimmunity.

What most people do not realize is that type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, just like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (low thyroid) and Grave’s Disease.  Type 2 Diabetes is also connected to autoimmunity at least 20% of the time.  Research shows, just like this article does, that if you have one autoimmune condition, you have a higher chance of having another.   I have also found this clinically.

The article, as do most texts, considers low thyroid synonymous with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. 

That is a huge take home message for you.  According to the literature, when you have hypothyroid or low thyroid symptoms, it is synonymous with the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  As you know from reading my other blogs and watching my videos, just taking thyroid hormones is not the answer to getting your maximal health back when you have an autoimmune condition.

The summary of the article stated that there is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that insulin sensitivity, or drugs used to modulate it, will also affect thyroid growth and function.  It also stated that a better definition of the interactions between Diabetes and thyroid hormones is necessary to optimize treatment of patients with diabietes mellitus. They also stated the high prevalence of thyroid dysfunction should result in regular screening of the thyroid function.  I suggest get screened for thyroid function regularly even if you have not been diagnosed with diabetes.  Of course like I have said on many different occasions, make sure you get complete testing, not just the TSH.

 

#1 Reason to Still Have Symptoms While Being Treated for Low Thyroid with Medication

Dr. Chris Heimlich, DC, DACNB FIAMA Comments:

Being treated for an underactive thyroid, but still suffering with thyroid symptoms…is a surprisingly common occurrence in people with low thyroid conditions and it can be extremely frustrating.   

Most of our patients that come in with complaints of low thyroid symptoms are already on medication for their low thyroid condition.  They had a blood test that came back with a high TSH, meaning low thyroid function, and they were put on thyroid medication.  Some felt better for a little while, then the symptoms came back.  (We call this the hormone honeymoon)  Others never felt any better and continue to suffer with the fatigue, constipation, anxiety, brain fog, depression, weight gain, and all the other symptoms that go along with thyroid disorders.

This may sound familiar to you.  You go in and complain you still feel like crud, and the doctor tells you that your thyroid is fine because the labs now tell them it is OK.  But you don’t feel OK.  You are still suffering, and frustrated. 

Yes frustrated, but your doctor thinks it is depression, and suggests anti-depressants.  (If you have not already been prescribed them)  In your heart though, you know all these symptoms are not from being depressed.

Symptoms of an underactive thyroid that persist even after given thyroid medication is a red flag that something is still going on underneath the surface.

It means you need to find a doctor that will listen to you, and has the knowledge to dig deeper and find the root cause of why you are still feeling crummy.

There are many reasons why you can still feel crummy.  The #1 cause of still feeling that was is a condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

This means that the number one cause for low thyroid n America is an autoimmune attack.  Here are some examples of other autoimmune conditions:  MS, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus.

Meaning—your immune system has turned on you and is targeting your thyroid…and is killing it…. and that’s what’s causing you to be low thyroid.

And taking thyroid hormones will NOT do anything for this attack. You will continue to lose more and more of your thyroid.

But the standard of care for that is giving you thyroid hormones.  I think you probably understand now that this not a thyroid hormone problem.  That’s not the battle.  The battle is an immune system battle; an autoimmune battle.

What most doctors are going to do for Hashimoto’s is monitor your TSH–thyroid stimulating hormone –level.  They’re going to try to make it stay within a certain numerical range,—but that’s going to fluctuate all over the place and it’s not really getting to the problem.

The immune system will NOT only attack the thyroid, but it will start attacking the cells in the lining of your stomach that help you to be able to absorb B-12.  When this happens you’ll end up getting pernicious anemia.  Since 80% of neurotransmitters are created in the stomach, you can also get brain fog, memory loss, and other neurological symptoms.

The brain is also targeted by the immune system.  It likes to attack the cerebellum.  You can end up having vertigo, dizziness, and balance problems.

The immune system also attacks your pancreas and can make you start having diabetic symptoms, insulin problems, and adrenal issues.

Since every cell in the body has a thyroid receptor site, any part of your body can be attacked when the immune system no longer can tell what is friend and what it foe.

When most patients suffering from low thyroid symptoms learn about the autoimmune attack on the body, it makes perfect sense to them.  It makes sense because that is how they feel.  Like their body is being attacked.

Focusing the clinical management on slowing and modulating the autoimmune attack is crucial in Hashimoto’s Disease. How can you have a properly functioning thyroid if the body is continually attacking and killing it?

A functional approach to naturally supporting and modulating the immune system in autoimmune cases is the best way to help the body slow down or stop the attack on itself.  Natural management of autoimmune conditions is complex. Support that is specific to the individual immune system is essential if you truly want to help Hashimoto’s Disease.

You have to find out how their immune system has shifted.  Our immune systems have two parts:  TH-1 and a TH-2.  They are supposed to be balanced.  If they are not, then we have a problem.

You have to find out which one of those has become abnormally dominant and why.

Is it because of an antigen? –something that the immune system has been trying to kill for so long that it’s increased its immune attack on this antigen and then it flipped the scales and now we have an autoimmune condition.

Or has the immune system become imbalanced because of disregulation.  Hormonal surges can do this.  Stress can do this.  Blood sugar problems.  Inflammation can do this.

So if you know someone that’s suffering with Hashimoto’s, or with low thyroid, and they don’t feel any better – even with thyroid medication – it is time to get them some help.

It’s time to find someone who can investigate this further.

There are millions of you out there right now that have this problem and you don’t know it. 

It’s why you still have thyroid symptoms even though you’re taking medication–you have an autoimmune condition (whether diagnosed correctly or not).

If you’re still suffering from underactive thyroid symptoms even though you’re being treated and told by your doctor that your thyroid is fine, there’s a high probability that something’s been missed in your diagnosis. The only way to discover what is “missing” with your diagnosis is through a comprehensive reevaluation.

Don’t suffer any more.  Find a doctor that knows what we just talked about.

[Did Your Doctor Consider This?] Part 2: High TSH With Normal T4 and T3

A research study published in December 2012 sheds some light on a phenomenon we see often …

A patient has elevated TSH but normal T4 and T3.

If that person also has symptoms of fatigue do they have hypothyroidism?

By standard definition any elevation of TSH indicates hypothyroidism. Usually this elevated level of TSH corresponds with a decrease in T4. That is the way it normally works in the body.

In this case it may not be a thyroid problem at all.

One of the things we look at in all our patients is dysglycemia (abnormal blood sugar).

Many thyroid patients have undiagnosed pre-diabetes and as this newly published article points out, pre-diabetes can lead to elevations in TSH.

And guess what?

Pre-diabetes causes many of the same symptoms as low thyroid.

So most patients that go to the doctor with fatigue and the doctor sees elevated TSH then they immediately get put on thyroid hormone.

The underlying blood sugar problem never gets fully investigated and the patient continues to suffer with symptoms because a lab marker was treated and not the patient.

That is why we take a whole person approach and make sure we understand the problems and mechanisms so we can help our patients feel and function well.

References:

Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Nov-Dec; 16(6): 958–961. doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.102999

Can You Help Me Even If My Thyroid Has Been Removed?

Without a doubt the most common question that I get on a day to day basis is:

“My thyroid was removed by my doctor X number of years ago but I still have symptoms. Is there any way you can help me?”

There are two reasons why people typically have their thyroid removed:

    1. Graves Disease (autoimmune Hyperthyroidism)
    2. Cancer

Regardless of why the thyroid gland was removed what happens is that you immediately become hypothyroid after the surgery or radioactive iodine treatment.

You no longer have a gland to produce hormones on your own so you would forever be dependent on external thyroid hormones like Synthroid or Armour. That is a fact and there is nothing that can be done to change THAT aspect.

But what happens when taking the hormone doesn’t resolve the symptoms of low thyroid?

What if you continue to have weight and metabolism issues, hair loss, brain fog, and fatigue no matter how much or which thyroid hormone you take?

If you still have low thyroid symptoms then we know that there is another culprit that is affecting your ability to use those hormones. Until we discover what that culprit is and change/fix it, you will always struggle with those symptoms.

So if you have had your thyroid removed and you still have symptoms then you need our type of functional approach more than anybody.

Our functional approach gets to the root causes of the symptoms and will help you feel and function better. We will discover what is interfering with you ability to use the thyroid hormone that you are taking every day.

The first step is to schedule a consultation in our office to discuss the specifics of your case. Click Here to Schedule Now.

Thyroid Problems: Symptoms of Low Thyroid, But Haven’t Been Diagnosed or Given Medication because Labs are Normal

Dr. Chris Heimlich, DC, DACNB FIAMA Comments:

Unfortunately, it is very common to have symptoms of underactive thyroid, but not be diagnosed.

I just had another patient come in and ask me why that was. She is a 70 year old female, that after 8 years of complaining to her doctors, decided to make a change an “alternative” healthcare practitioner and get diagnosed.

She, like you probably, had done some research on low thyroid or come across some information on this health condition while researching for why she had these symptoms.

Underactive or low thyroid symptoms include: depression, low energy levels or extreme fatigue, an inability to lose weight, feeling sluggish, hair loss, and depression. People with low thyroid can also suffer from gas, diarrhea, headaches, dry skin, constipation or other symptoms.If you have these underactive thyroid symptoms and visit your practitioner, they will probably run a blood test called TSH. TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. I have talked about it in prior blogs, but it is just one single marker of how the thyroid is functioning.

If you have a high TSH level, you’ll be diagnosed with low thyroid.

If you do not have a high TSH level, you will most likely not be diagnosed, even if you continue to suffer with symptoms that seem to match perfectly with low thyroid!

There are at least six major ways the thyroid can have dysfunction.

To figure out which of these is the problem, the doctor has to run more than just the TSH. In fact, you have to look at more than just a complete thyroid panel. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, to asses a patient completely, you need to look at the blood sugar, lipid panel, metabolic panel, CBC, vitamin D’s, and iron panel.

Listening to the patient – including a detailed history (consultation), examining the patient – yes examining the patient- is equally important as the blood labs.

I am not going to go over all six of the different ways you can have thyroid dysfunction. You shouldn’t have to spend your time learning about them. Your physician should. If you feel the need to learn more, just go to my previous blogs at scottsdalethyroiddoctor.com

So if you are suffering with underactive thyroid symptoms, but have yet to be diagnosed, you need a more thorough evaluation.

Hidden Cause Of Low Thyroid #3 – Iodine | Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ

Dr. Chris Heimlich, DC, Scottsdale Phoenix Metro area  Doctor Shares The Third of 7 Low Thyroid Mistakes Patients and Doctors Make….

As I consult with patients that suffer from hypothyroid symptoms on a daily basis at the Arizona Thyroid Institute located here in Scottsdale Arizona, I see 7 common mistakes that keep hypothyroid patients from experiencing relief from their thyroid symptoms. The third reason is this series is: Iodine Supplementation

 

Your Iodine Supplements May Be Making You Worse

When a patient has been diagnosed with low thyroid production, medically referred to as hypothyroidism, one of the first things commonly prescribed is iodine supplementation.  You’ve probably been told that iodine is necessary for thyroid hormones synthesis.  And it is, but here is the problem…taking supplemental iodine can be dangerous, and here’s why.

Worldwide iodine deficiency is a widespread problem. In areas of the world where iodine is deficient, iodine is the cause of many if not most cases of hypothyroidism. In areas where iodine is not deficient in the food supply, including the United States, iodine is not usually the cause of low thyroid.

In areas of the world with adequate iodine in food, or where salt is iodized, the most common cause of low thyroid is Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid. It is estimated that up to 90 percent of cases of hypothyroidism in the United States is from this autoimmune mechanism. Autoimmune thyroid is not primary hypothyroidism; instead it is a form of hypothyroidism that is caused by immune destruction. The amount of iodine that is contained is iodine supplements and thyroid natural support products act like gas on a burning fire.

In a 2004 article in the journal Thyroid, the author stated “…the explosive mix of iodine, TPO Ab, and H202 necessary for thyroid hormone synthesis, inadvertently provide the trigger for the autoimmune thyroid response.” It is this misguided inclination to give every hypothyroidism patient high doses of supplemental iodine that leads to increased thyroid gland destruction, and more suffering on the patient’s part. Most natural healthcare practitioners possess a very limited understanding of autoimmune physiology and continue giving iodine supplements for all cases of hypothyroidism, in the same way as the medical community uses thyroid replacement hormones as a “blanket” management for all low thyroid conditions.

What that means is iodine is a trigger. It’s a trigger for Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid.

Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid is the number one cause of low thyroid in America–not iodine deficiency.

This whole issue of iodine exposes a nasty similarity between traditional medicine and “alternative” medicine.

Traditional medicine is looking at TSH and T4 and T3 and they didn’t really care about iodine.  They’re not even going to give you iodine because whatever the real cause of your low thyroid symptoms might be.  The only thing you’re going to get from them is replacement thyroid hormones. No matter what. It’s pretty much the only tool they have to offer. (And you know the old saying…”If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like nails.”)

They don’t care if  the cause of your symptoms is

  • Hashimoto’s…
  • T4 to T3 overconversion problem…
  • Under conversion problem…
  • Thyroid binding globulin problem

—doesn’t matter.  You’re getting thyroid hormones from the traditional medical doctor. This is why so many women STILL feel terrible.

So traditional medicine has nice little box. You’ve heard of thinking “outside the box?” Well Traditional medicine has their nice little dusty box, been sitting here for 30, 40 years and that’s how they do it.

Over here we have the not so alternative-alternative medicine approach.  And what they do is they also have their sad, outdated box way of thinking. Inside their box is the idea that everyone with low thyroid needs iodine supplementation, or tyrosine, or broad immune system support ,or they need to take thyroid glandulars.

Here’s what the not-so-alternative medicine doesn’t know…conventional medicine, they do some testing. Not-so-alternative medicine does almost no testing at all.  They’re still doing things like the Barnes underarm thyroid test and that is an ancient, prehistoric, non-useful way of evaluating the thyroid.

There are also people in this camp that are doing the iodine absorption test as if that had any real relationship to your need for iodine (it doesn’t).

The craziest thing is that these not-so-alternative practitioners ignore the fact that iodine is a trigger for Hashimoto’s.  If you wanna give yourself Hashimoto’s, keep taking the iodine that one of the not-so-alternative medicine doctors gave you. They mean well,  by the way. I’m not trying to slam them.

But that well meaning “alternative” doctor doesn’t understand the fact that what we’re really dealing with, almost 90 percent of the time, is not low iodine. The problem is an autoimmune problem.

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism but are not sure whether is is autoimmune, then it is in your best interest to have your thyroid doctor check your thyroid antibodies. This will indicate whether your hypothyroidism is from an immune cause and will help guide you in your decision of whether to include iodine supplementation in your diet.  There are natural thyroid treatment options in the Scottsdale and Phoenix Metro area. 

In my next post I am going to discuss Low Thyroid Mistake #4: Hashimotos

Dr Chris Heimlich, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician

Hidden Causes Of Low Thyroid #2 – Cortisol | Arizona Thyroid Institute in Scottsdale, AZ near Phoenix

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Scottsdale Phoenix Metro Area  Doctor Shares The Second of 7 Low Thyroid Mistakes Patients and Doctors Make….

As I consult with patients that suffer from hypothyroid symptoms on a daily basis at the Arizona Thyroid Institute located here in Scottsdale Arizona, I see 7 common mistakes that keep hypothyroid patients from experiencing relief from their thyroid symptoms. The Second reason in this series is: High Cortisol Levels.

High levels or cortisol is another hidden cause as to why you still have thyroid symptoms even though you’re taking thyroid hormone or even though your lab numbers are normal.

So what is cortisol?  It’s a hormone made in your adrenal gland.  I know you have heard of them.  They are known as the  “stress” glands.  They sit on top of your kidneys.  They make the hormones aldosterone, cortisol, and androgens.  The adrenal glands are crucial for your good health.

So what does cortisol do?

Cortisol is responsible for regulating your blood sugar.   When cortisol is release by your adrenal glands, it is accompanied by cytokines.  Cytokines are messengers used by your immune system.  This creates an inflammatory response.  These cytokines suppress the ability of your pituitary and your hypothalamus to make TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone.

When that happens you start to get some or all of the low thyroid symptoms below:

Fatigue

Weight Gain

Depression

Constipation

Hair falls out easily

Dry skin

Poor circulation and numbness in hand and feet

Morning headaches that wear off as day progresses

So follow me as I explain cortisol and low thyroid symtpoms….

Your adrenal glands make cortisol in response to stress.  There are different kinds of stress.  Anything that promotes inflammation or that causes inflammation, will make your adrenal glands pump out more cortisol.

As that cortisol is released, those cytokines are going to come out as well—that is what’s going to suppress your pituitary and give you low thyroid symptoms.

The most common causes of elevated cortisol are:

  • Blood sugar regulation problems (high or low blood sugar, insulin spikes and valleys)
  • Hidden gut infections or infections you haven’t been able to eliminate
  • Chronic stress.

Well, let me say a couple words about each one of those.

When you have a “blood sugar problem”, it means that your blood sugar is not regular.

Your blood sugar is going up and down….

When your blood sugar goes up and down, your cortisol levels are going to go up and down…

…and the cytokines are going to go up and down….

…and then we have this whole pituitary getting squashed…

…and you not making enough thyroid hormones and you’re starting to have symptoms.

The key point to remember here is:  You do NOT have to be diagnosed as a diabetic to have blood sugar problems.

There are  two varieties of that blood sugar problem.  You don’t have to be diabetic to have this.  You can have hypoglycemia (reactive hypoglycemia), which means your sugar drops between meals…or you don’t eat when you need to and…when you do eat the next time, you get these big surges of insulin, big surges of cortisol.

It doesn’t matter to your body whether you have low blood sugar or high blood sugar; in both cases the blood sugar is not regular.

So, for example, if you get shaky, light headed or irritable in between meals and you have a thyroid problem…this could be one of the reasons why because that blood sugar going up and down, that fluctuation causes this fluctuation in cytokines and inflammation.

The second thing that can cause excessive cortisol is infection.  It’s not necessarily like getting strep throat.  We’re talking about, many times, hidden G.I. infections that you have no idea you have because you may not have any G.I. symptoms that cause high cortisol…and then low thyroid symptoms.

There’s a test that you can do that is a DNA PCR test of stool.This test is definitive as to whether you’ve got a parasite, a fungus or a yeast or some sort of pathogen living in your gut that’s driving – and that’s the word I use – driving your adrenal glands to keep pumping up cortisol—which makes increased levels of cytokines, which suppresses your pituitary.

Mental  stress is the third thing that can cause these adrenal glands to keep pumping out cortisol.  Many low thyroid sufferers are stressed by many different parts of their life. They feel bad.  It’s the classic stress response.  So, for those people – and this is part of what we do for my management program – we have to teach them how to deal with their stress.

I’m not talking necessarily about being a therapist.  I’m talking about teaching you a very powerful but simple way of helping your body not have a stress response but have a relaxing response.  If whoever’s taking care of you right now, if you’re under care, if they’re not addressing this stress component, you’re being underserved.  I believe you’re being underserved.  There are natural thyroid treatment options in the Phoenix Metro area. 

If your stress levels are still high, your adrenal glands are still going to pump hard.  Cortisol levels are going to increase to excess.  Cytokine levels are going to increase, and it’s going to squash your pituitary.   Remember, your pituitary is a key component if thyroid health.

In my next post I am going to discuss Low Thyroid Mistake #3: The Dangers Of Iodine

Dr Chris Heimlich, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician

Low Thyroid Symptoms, Hashimoto Thyroiditis, Brain, and Gastrointestinal Connection

What’s the connection between your stomach problems, brain fog, and hashimoto’s? How are they related?

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked by new patients suffering from low thyroid symptoms is why we do a functional neurological exam on them.  There are several reasons why we do this.  First, the brain directly communicates with the thyroid.  The brain tells the pituitary to talk to the hypothalamus to tell the thyroid to release hormones.  Kind of like a domino effect.

The brain also directly communicates with the stomach and intestines (which is what we call the gastrointestinal system) through the vagal nerve.  In previous posts I have talked about how important the gastrointestinal system is in patients with low thyroid symptoms.  If you have been reading or watching then you know the number one cause of low thyroid symptoms in the United States is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  85 to 95% of all low thyroid conditions in the United States as an autoimmune condition of the thyroid.

The liver and spleen have a huge effect on the immune system, and are also directly connected to the brain through the autonomic nervous system.   Researchers have known for years that if you damage the vagus nerve, you will have dysfunction of the organs that we talked about.  When those organs don’t function correctly, the thyroid health is directly and negatively impacted.

The gastrointestinal tract and liver also convert inactive thyroid hormones into active ones.  So if they are not functioning correctly, you will not have enough active thyroid hormone to bind to the receptor sites.  That will translate into low thyroid symptoms like brain fog, constipation, hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, and all the other low thyroid symptoms.

Another important reason why we do function neurological exam on all patients complaining of low thyroid symptoms is because we want to check and see how the brain is functioning, particularly the cerebellum and the basal ganglia.  Research has shown that these two areas in the brain can also be attacked just like the thyroid is attacked in people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

If you are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms, make sure you find a doctor that knows we’ve just talked about.  You want to make sure that you get more than just your TSH and free T3 and free T4 checked when you are trying to find the cause of why you are still suffering with symptoms of hypothyroidism.

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