Why do I STILL have thyroid symptoms?

Has your family doctor told you that you don’t have a problem, and yet, you know that you do?  Does your endocrinologist have to keep changing or increasing your thyroid medications?  Have your thyroid medications begun to not work as well as they used to?…You’re not alone.

Here’s How It Starts

In many cases that we’ve seen, here’s how it goes…

You’ve gradually put on weight over the last few years.  You’ve notice that you feel sad or depressed, more often than you should.  You start feeling cold, even if other people are comfortable; although, you may have the occasional “hot flash”, and your heart races for a few minutes and then calms down.  Your blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels gradually begin to rise.  Eventually, you may undergo treatment for low B12, low iron, gluten problems, food allergies, anxiety (maybe even panic attacks), depression, and digestive problems.  Your energy drags in the morning, and you rely on stimulants such as  caffeine to get you going.  After you’ve experienced these issues for a while, you may start losing your hair in distinct patches, or develop increasing joint pain, psoriasis, or Diabetes Type 1 (the kind that requires insulin).

Eventually, a doctor checks your thyroid function.  He or she tells you that your thyroid tests are “normal”. Actually, the word “tests” is sort-of a misnomer, because all they really order are a couple of simple thyroid tests, that don’t really tell much; those simple tests do not specifically check the thyroid gland function itself!  So in reality, they’re not checking your thyroid gland at all.  TSH can vary widely, so testing it once doesn’t always reveal a problem.  Not only that, but the “normal range” which your results will be compared to, is so wide, that many autoimmune thyroid problems get missed.

You may have tried taking supplements with iodine, which don’t really seem to help.  In fact, you’re not sure, but you think it may even make you feel worse.  In fact, iodine may be the answer in only a handful of thyroid patterns.  You may end up seeing an endocrinologist, who will prescribe thyroid hormones. Relief at last!…you think.  They may work–for a while?…it that’s what you really need?  Your doctor may have to keep increasing your medication or changing the dose.  Meanwhile, you become more and more frustrated.  Why?…Because you may actually have an entirely different problem going on inside you – UNDIAGNOSED…or worse, MISDIAGNOSED.

Did you know that 90% of women taking thyroid medications STILL have thyroid symptoms, even though they’ve been told their lab tests are “normal”?  The problem may not even be the thyroid itself, so standard medical treatment will NOT work for 9 out of every 10 people suffering from thyroid issues!

Hypothyroid (low thyroid) symptoms – do you see yourself in this list?

* Fatigue
* Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
* Blurry vision
* Coarse, dry hair
* Hair loss or thinning hair
* Cold intolerance (you get cold easily)
* Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
* Constipation
* Depression
* Irritability
* Memory loss
* Decreased libido

If more than one or two of these are true for you, this can indicate low thyroid function.

Hyperthyroid (excessive) symptoms – how about this list?

* Excessive sweating, especially at night
* Heat intolerance
* Increased bowel movements
* Tremor (usually fine shaking)
* Nervousness; agitation
* Anxiety, panic attacks
* Rapid, strong heart rate or heart palpitations
* Weight loss
* Fatigue
* Decreased concentration
* Irregular and scant menstrual flow

If more than one or two of these fit you, this can indicate excessive thyroid function.

If you have symptoms in BOTH lists, you may have Hashimoto’s Disease, an “Autoimmune” condition where your body is attacking its own thyroid gland, rendering it unable to do its job; thus, simple testing of TSH and T4 levels will not necessarily yield the correct answers.

Well, you’re not alone.  About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people have symptoms of low thyroid function; That’s over 20 million people – almost as common as diabetes!  For 9 out of every 10 of those people, the problem is more complicated than just having a low thyroid.  This works out to roughly 18 million people.  There are 7 different types of thyroid dysfunction, and only ONE of them is solved by prescribed thyroid hormones.  This means that the remedy given to everyone with thyroid issues is only the answer for a tiny few.  Most medical doctors do not have, or know of, any other course of treatment, so they will not find, nor address the real cause.  And that, is where conventional medicine is failing us.

Our Functional Medicine program is an excellent place to start

Dr. Lara Sweeney has been personally trained by some of the leading cutting-edge thyroid experts in the world, including Drs. Datis Kharrazian, and Mark Hyman; she uses their lab testing and nutritional support protocols to FINALLY help you find answers, and get a handle on the raging fire inside you.

While working with Dr. Sweeney, you’ll learn:
* Why thyroid hormones are often ineffective in treating hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
* What the real culprit of most cases of hypothyroidism is, and how to address it.
* Why your thyroid problem won’t show up on your lab tests.
* Why you continue to feel worse despite treatment.
* Why the thyroid gland is often the wrong target.
* Why eating certain common foods will prevent you from getting better.
* How a popular natural ingredient found in EVERY natural thyroid supplement will only make things worse.
* How to successfully manage this complicated condition without the use of drugs, radiation, or surgery.

Together, we can get down to the bottom of the REAL nature of your thyroid symptoms and address the real culprit, without medication!

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