The thyroid is often to blame for extreme fatigue…and for good reason it’s the #1 warning sign you are experiencing thyroid dysfunction.
And as you might expect living in a state of constant exhaustion is anything but normal. So if you suspect you are struggling with thyroid fatigue it’s vital to discuss your concerns with a thyroid-literate doctor.
Been Told ‘Thyroid Tests are NORMAL’?
Unfortunately all too often individuals don’t get the help they need when they are experiencing thyroid troubles.
If you are living with constant fatigue, you feel cold all the time, your hair is falling out by the handful, you can’t lose weight, you have a constant brain fog, or have other weird symptoms linked to slow metabolism it’s vital to discuss your concerns with a thyroid-literate doctor.
Don’t get fobbed off…thyroid dysfunction puts your health at serious risk.
It’s all too common for doctors to blame thyroid problems on pregnancy, hormonal changes associated with menopause, or simply the consequence of getting older.
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How Doctors Test For Hypothyroidism
To get a reliable diagnosis your doctor will take a full medical history, discuss your symptoms, and request testing along with a physical examination of your neck.
Typically most doctors use the single thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test, or TSH plus free thyroxine (FT4), to check thyroid function.
You need more than this and let me explain WHY.
Comprehensive thyroid testing eliminates any guesswork as it makes it far easier to see exactly what is going on with your thyroid hormones. For this reason, these are the tests I normally recommend to evaluate thyroid function:
+ Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
+ Free Thyroxine (FT4).
+ Free Triiodothyronine (FT3).
+ Reverse T3 (RT3).
+ Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAb).
+ Anti-thyroperoxidase (TPO) antibodies.
Yes, you should get a copy of your test results!
To get the information you need it’s your right as a patient to ask for a copy of your test results. Don’t accept everything is ‘normal’ without viewing the results for yourself. You want to make sure comprehensive testing was done AND your results are in the optimal range.
Thyroid Fatigue Solutions
As a Naturopath I know it takes more than a one-size-fits-all treatment approach to restore optimal thyroid health.
It requires an effective treatment solution that seeks to address the underlying root causes. With this in mind, there are many action steps you can consider including eating a nutritious diet, supplementing with thyroid specific nutrients, switching to a thyroid supporting lifestyle, and making use of the most useful medical interventions such as thyroid hormone replacement.
FIVE Tips To Help You Get Started
Here’s five useful tips to help beat hypothyroidism naturally.
+ Make REAL food your medicine.
+ Take nutritional supplements that support optimal thyroid function.
+ Manage your stress levels to help maintain an optimistic mindset.
+ Avoid toxic environmental chemicals.
+ Keep your body moving with regular physical activity.
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.