Back in the 1970’s a prescription for levothyroxine, the thyroid hormone preparation that supplies a synthetic form of thyroxine (T4), became the standard of care for hypothyroidism.
At the core of this treatment approach is the belief that hypothyroidism is easily treated with a daily dose of levothyroxine (LT4).
Despite advances in our understanding of thyroid physiology conventional hypothyroidism treatment guidelines remain the same. Levothyroxine is prescribed at doses required to bring thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) back down within the normal reference range.
Future Standard of Care For Hypothyroidism
If you have spent time researching hypothyroidism there’s a high chance you will know there is a great deal of frustration among the online thyroid community with the standard of care.
Many people are dissatisfied as they remain unwell, and feel they are not getting the help they desperately need. It suggests those with hypothyroidism feel both under-diagnosed and poorly treated.
Do you relate?
The one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for everyone. This is supported by emerging research that provides news insights.
Researchers propose that a personalized treatment approach may be required. That is, one that takes into account individual issues such as nutritional deficiencies, co-existing endocrine disorders, drug interactions, and hard wired genetic traits that are associated with reduced activation of T4 to triiodothyronine (T3).
Getting An Accurate Diagnosis Is The First Step To Transforming Thyroid Health
The two major warning signs of thyroid dysfunction are fatigue, and feeling cold all the time. Other symptoms include significant hair loss from all over the scalp, stubborn weight gain, low blood pressure, brain fog, and other indicators that point towards slow metabolism.
If you are ticking off most of these symptoms it’s time to seek the help you need. But first, here’s some things you need to know before you set off to see a doctor.
- It’s all too common for doctors to blame thyroid problems on pregnancy, hormone changes associated with menopause, or simply the consequence of getting older. Sure these factors aggravate hypothyroidism BUT they are not the root cause so don’t get fobbed off. It’s very important to discuss your concerns with a thyroid-literate doctor.
- To ensure you get a reliable diagnosis a doctor who understands thyroid problems will take a full medical history, discuss the clinical signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism, check for a family history of thyroid disease, and perform a physical examination of your neck.
- While it may seem obvious it’s very important you get a complete thyroid panel done as part of the initial screening. You see, comprehensive testing is critical to a complete clinical evaluation. It eliminates guesswork, and provides invaluable insights into what’s really going on with your thyroid. Proper testing could even uncover the root cause of thyroid dysfunction.
> > You can learn more about testing here: The Top 5 Thyroid Tests? Discover The Best Tests To Discuss With Your Doctor
> > You may also want to do a home test called basal temperature testing. I explain how to do this simple, non-invasive test here: What Can Basal Temperature Testing Tell You About Your Thyroid Health?
Been Told Thyroid is NORMAL?
Some doctors don’t do enough investigation so thyroid problems are easily missed. Don’t accept everything is ‘NORMAL’ without viewing test results for yourself. It’s your right as a patient to receive copies of any medical tests that are performed. What’s more, I urge you to get a copy so you can make sure proper testing was done AND your results are in the optimal range.
In the medical system standard treatment for hypothyroidism is a daily dose of levothyroxine (LT4). However, there is long standing debate regarding the effectiveness of this medication as it works for some, but leaves many with persistent complaints. When standard treatment is ineffective it is wise to thoroughly investigate the origin of thyroid dysfunction.
From a natural health perspective to achieve optimal health it’s also vital to modify diet, nutritional and lifestyle habits. The reason? The body is a complex system so a thyroid problem should not be viewed in isolation. The thyroid is part of an integrated whole-body system that requires healing.
Please note: This information should not be used as a substitute for treatment, or advice from your qualified healthcare practitioner. Consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any new nutritional product, diet, exercise, or health program. This is especially important if you have a diagnosed medical condition, or are taking prescription medication.
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