You may have recently visited your doctor to have your thyroid tested, and he says, “Your labs are normal.” However, you still feel depressed, exhausted, experience weight gain, hair loss, sensitivity to cold, constipation, or a myriad of other symptoms. You need to know that your labs were NOT normal.
The culprit for you not feeling your best is the thyroid or a small butterﬂy-shaped gland at the base of your throat. Hormones produced by the thyroid include triiodothyronine and thyroxine. Both hormones have a huge impact on your health and aﬀect all facets of your metabolism.
To understand the thyroid’s anatomy, you must understand the TSH or the thyroid-stimulating hormone and its functions. The Pituitary gland (which is located in the middle of your brain) sends a message called “TSH” to the thyroid gland telling it to make and send hormones to the rest of the body. The body depends on these hormones to function normally. Sometimes, the thyroid itself does not send those hormones to the body, or it doesn’t understand the message it received from the TSH. Either way, this will cause the body to suﬀer, i.e., symptoms.
Suppose the TSH is over-producing and sending messages at a high rate. It is because the thyroid is not receiving the messages correctly, and again you are not feeling well.
The TSH reference range is one of the largest ranges of all the hormone lab tests available, starting from
.30 to 550. However, being diagnosed in diﬀerent hospitals or clinics may cause the range to be diﬀerent. The bottom line is, if your thyroid labs show up within a range of 400 points, you will NOT be diagnosed with hypothyroidism, regardless of how many symptoms you have, and your labs may conﬁrm you are in the normal range, but you know something is still not right.
Why does TSH not message the thyroid correctly? There may be something amiss with your thyroid, and it doesn’t always get the message. There is a disconnect that causes you to be tested repeatedly.
Let’s say your thyroid did receive the message correctly and now converts that hormone to an inactive state, then what?
The Inactive Thyroid
The inactive thyroid is like an electrical system. It works automatically. For instance, you don’t have to think about blinking your eyes or your heart beating, or your immune system attacking invaders. The inactive thyroid is an automatic monitor of the things the body does. An inactive thyroid hormone does about 20% of the work; it governs your immune system, your heating and cooling system, and brain fog.
The Active Thyroid
The inactive thyroid takes what it needs and converts the rest to an active thyroid hormone. The active thyroid performs 80% of the body’s functions. It doesn’t tell your heart to beat, but it does tell your heart how fast or slow to beat. The active thyroid does govern your digestive system and any digestive disorders. It governs your hair growth, body temperature, anxiety symptoms, depression, migraines, fertility, etc. In other words, the active thyroid governs everything about your body. It tells your body what to do. When the active thyroid is good, you feel great!
If the thyroid does not make any or very little amount of active thyroid, you feel horrible, and you will suffer from many symptoms. The active thyroid does not send messages back asking for a more active thyroid either, so people in this category will suﬀer for many years. Not to mention the quality of life they have lost.
What happens if you are one of those diagnosed with hypothyroidism and were given medications but still suﬀer from all the same low thyroid symptoms. This happens because the majority of people don’t do well on synthetic medications. Medications called Synthroid, Levothyroxine or Levoxyl don’t work long term. You may feel better for a few months, but synthetic medications for the thyroid will eventually not work.
There are two types of people who are under-diagnosed. Those whose labs show the TSH is normal and that is symptomatic and those put on inactive thyroid medication to normalize their TSH and still suﬀer from symptoms. However, both groups have low active thyroid, causing fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and over 200 more symptoms.
When a patient is tested for thyroid problems, they are tested in an age range of 19 to 110 years old. This patient could only be a 30-year old female, but her labs are reading her thyroid as if she is a 78-year- old woman. So the labs come back perfectly normal. As a result, the doctors dismiss the list of symptoms she just ﬁnished rattling oﬀ to him, and say, There is nothing he can do for her. There are so many variables missing in this scenario, and the doctor may not know the age range of the labs he is reading.
If you are reading in a range that is not conducive to your age, you could be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or a digestive disease, and those diseases are what are being treated. Yet, you are still having hypothyroid symptoms and feeling horrible.
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