Thyroid Hormone Replacement
Common Symptoms of Low Thyroid Hormone
- fatigue, coffee in the afternoon
- constipation, bloating
- foggy thinking
- heavy menstrual periods
- high cholesterol
- weight gain
- dry, coarse skin and hair
- cold intolerance
Effective Ways to Balance Thyroid Hormone
- cytomel: T3
- levothyroxine: T4
- dessicated thyroid gland
- anti-inflammatory support
- adaptogen support
- nutrition: iodine, selenium
Reasons why your thyroid hormone may be low:
- Pituitary gland dysfunction: Your thyroid is not getting the signal from from your brain to make hormone.
- Nutritional deficiency: You diet is low in iodine or selenium.
- Antibodies: Your body is making antibodies that block thyroid hormone.
- Inflammation: You have inflammation that is increasing the production of antibodies.
- Poor conversion from T4 to active hormone T3.
- High reverse T3: The ratio of active and reverse T3 is wrong.
My T4 is fine on treatment, but I’m still tired. What’s wrong?
You may have an issue with converting T4 to T3. You can take a dessicated porcine thyroid that has both T4 and T3, or you can take prescription T4 (levothyroxine) and T3 (cytomel). T3 is short-acting, so many people will take in twice a day or may get it compounded in a sustained once a day capsule.
My thyroid hormone levels are normal, but I have symptoms of hypothyroidism.
You may another medical condition that is causing similar symptoms, or you may have subclinical symptoms of hypothyroidism. Your body may require different levels than somebody else’s in order for you to be in tip top shape.