Have you come to accept feeling tired and exhausted as normal? Jackie had.
Her doctor had told her being tired was part of being older and a grandmother and she’d do better if she lost the extra 10kg she was carrying, to reduce her risk of getting diabetes. If only it was that easy? Like clicking your fingers….10kgs be gone.
Exhausted? Craving sugar? Sex drive zero? Gaining kilos around your middle? That was Jackie. It’s a common story.
Jackie walked through my clinic with dark circles under her eyes and edged up the stairs slowly with a sigh. She looked like she was dragging herself through the day with gumboots filled with concrete. I could almost hear her say, does life have to be this hard. She didn’t look well.
Jackie had retired from her teaching job one year ago and was busier than ever with grandparent duties. She loved looking after her grandkids but was so exhausted and it was getting worse. Every night she craved ice cream and had a stash of lollies and chocolates in her bag, just in case she needed a boost. Her sex drive was zero, she could hardly make it to bed most nights, opting for the couch since the bed seemed so far away.
Her waist was expanding every month, the numbers going up, up and up.
Have you come to accept feeling tired and exhausted as normal?
Thyroid Disease Treatment Mornington – Why are so many thyroid conditions not diagnosed properly?
Your thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck below your Adam’s apple, is your chief gland of energy an metabolism and is like a master lever that fires up the genes that keep cells doing their jobs. You can think of the thyroid as a fundamental mechanism in a complex machine, as every cell in your body has thyroid hormone receptors. – MBG
Thyroid Disease Treatment Mornington – Health practitioners who really understand thyroid health are disillusioned by the standard mainstream medicine diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions and their unwillingness to change and improve the way they do things.
So why are so many of us flying under the thyroid radar? Why are so many of us undiagnosed in spite of feeling run down, fatigued, moody, struggling with weight, anxiety, depression, hair loss and infertility?
There are many reasons, but let’s just focus on the key ones:
1. Incomplete tests
You probably know this by now that the “standard thyroid test” a traditional doctor would ask for is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and T4 (this is just one of the hormones produced by the thyroid).
Unfortunately, we know today that this is a very inconclusive way of making a thyroid diagnosis. Many people have a “normal” TSH and T4 in spite of showing all signs on hypo- or hyperthyroidism. However, when a complete tests are done like T3 (this is the bio-available active hormone that our body cells have receptors for), reverse T3 and antibodies called TPO and TGB – only then a diagnosis can be completed.
Many of my clients have TSH, FT4, FT3 which are normal even though they feel really unwell and compromised. They often have thyroid antibodies (TPO, TG) which can be quite high. This means that their immune system is constantly attacking their thyroid gland and breaking it down.
2. TSH “normal” range is set as 0.5 to 5.0
Most endocrinologists are, sadly, still basing their diagnosis on outdated education and are not even aware of the revised range, which the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends which is 0.3-3.0.
Most holistic doctors and functional medicine practitioners however believe that this should be further revised to be in the 1.0 – 2.o range.
3. Total T3 instead of Free T3
This is another mysteriously overlooked thyroid health marker – if a doctor orders the T3 test (too often, they do not), it’s most often Total T3 and not the Free T3.
Free T3 means it’s the unbound or bio-available T3 hormones that you body receptor can actively use – receptors are like parking lots that are waiting to be filled up with T3 to function properly.
Total T3 consists of both bound and unbound T3 and is a useless measurement as we just want to know how much FREE T3 there is.
4. Ignorance and outdated practices – Thyroid Disease Treatment Mornington
You might be asking “so, why are doctors not getting updated with this information?”.
Good question. Partly due to an outdated approach that never got enough attention to be changed (although that’s changing now with many thyroid advocate groups pushing for it).
Another reason is that most endocrinologists (the doctor looking after hormonal health, including the thyroid) are too busy with the diabetes pandemic and have therefore little time and willingness to learn more about the thyroid.
So this is what I do for you at my office on the Mornington Peninsula (Mount Martha). I get this all sorted for you and work out a plan to get you feeling fantastic again! Thyroid Disease Treatment Mornington – Click here to book a skype or face to face appointment.