Do you suffer from:
✓ Increased sensitivity to cold
✓ Foggy thinking
✓ Impaired memory
✓ Dry skin
✓ Weight gain
✓ Muscle aches
✓ Pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
✓ Thinning hair
✓ For women- heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
As I mentioned in my bio, I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What I didn’t mention was my experience with Synthroid vs. natural desiccated thyroid medications. My doctor had recommended Synthroid. First a quick thyroid lesson: the thyroid makes T4, which is your reservoir of thyroid hormone. It has to then get converted to the active hormone, T3, before you can get the benefits of improved energy, metabolism, and cognitive function. Synthroid is T4. Natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) is basically dried porcine (pig) thyroid gland. Because I knew that it contained everything your thyroid gland contains- e.g. T4, T3, T2, T1, Calcitonin- I asked about it. He said he didn’t use it. I was curious as to why, but he was hesitant to answer. What I realized was that it was because doctors tend to be dogmatic. They have done things a “certain way” for a long time, and since people weren’t complaining (because they didn’t know they could feel better) that’s the way it was. He finally admitted that “it’s more complicated managing hypothyroidism with a medication that contains T4 and T3. You have to manage both T4 and T3 levels, instead of just managing T4 levels.”
I was thinking, “but I’m worth it… I want to feel the best I can”, but like most people, I didn’t push. So, initially, he put me on Synthroid and, frankly, I never felt right. Eventually, I was put on Nature-throid and my life changed. The reason I felt better is that not everyone converts T4 to T3 very well. That’s why I use natural desiccated thyroid (i.e. Nature-throid, NP thyroid). But there is more.
You need to get to “the why”, otherwise it becomes very difficult to obtain optimal levels.
First, we check FREE T4 and FREE T3 because that is the T4 and T3 you can actually use. Also, a lot of T4 converts to T3 in the liver, so it may be that your liver is not functioning optimally. It could be a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency. Your T4 and T3 might “look normal” but your reverse T3 is high and it’s preventing the T3 from getting inside your cells for you to use. Stress and the dysfunctional cortisol levels can be responsible for this; so can inflammation.
I look into all of these things. Does your doctor?