5 Warning Signs That Your Hypothyroidism Is Managed Poorly
Health tips – “We checked your latest thyroid labs and now they are in the normal range now, take these antidepressant’s, they will help with your depression.” These are dangerous words that are delivered to thyroid patients every single day.
The Endocrine Society states that eighty to ninety percent of hypothyroidism in the United States, is caused from an immune attack on the thyroid attack called Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid. This means your body is attacking and killing your own thyroid gland and that is what is creating the low thyroid output. Your hormone levels will slowly decrease over time because it continually loses cells from the immune attack. Previously it was known that excess thyroid hormones can cause death.
Here are Here are 5 Warning Signs that you could have low thyroid from an immune mechanism, and that the treatment your are currently getting is not adequate for your particular disease:
1)The dosage of your hormone pill continually goes up over time.
If your doctor is constantly having your thyroid medication increased, this means that your are losing more and more function of your thyroid.
Your immune system is most likely the culprit. Hormone replacement does not address the constant immune attack against the gland. If your thyroid doctor isn’t addressing the immune attack, you are almost guaranteed that you will going to continue to suffer.
2)Your doctor will tell you that your thyroid is “normal”, but you will still suffer like you did before your labs became normal
If your latest labs indicate that your hormone levels are in the “normal range”, yet you continue to suffer with the exact same symptoms, you are most likely not getting the proper management of your condition.
This is a HUGE indicator that you have Hashimoto’s disease.
The immune proteins, called cytokines, that your immune system uses to communicate between each other, block the hormone receptor sites. This would indicate you can have normal hormone levels showing on a lab report, and still not have a normal thyroid metabolic responses.
If you don’t work on the immune system you will never fix this problem.
3)Did your doctor run antibody tests to discover if you were autoimmune?
If you suffer with hypothyroidism, then it is extremely likely that you have Autoimmune Thyroid. If your doctor didn’t bother to check antibody levels, or completely refuses to check the antibody levels, you are most likely not receiving the proper treatment.
The two most important antibodies to check are Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO Ab) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TBG Ab).
4)Your doctor is always checking the levels of antibodies hoping that the hormone thyroid replacement is going to affect the amount of antibodies in the blood.
This may seem counter-intuitive since I just mentioned that you should have your antibody levels checked. I include this because, replacement hormones do not affect the immune system. It makes no sense to continually check antibody levels if the doctor is not doing any treatment to affect the immune system.
Thyroid hormones do not impact the immune system so if your doctor is trying to lower the antibodies with replacement hormones, you are not getting the corrent treatment for the immune system.
Watch for this. It is a sign that your doctor really doesn’t understand the mechanisms causing your problem.
5) You begin to get many different individual prescriptions for various thyroid symptoms.
If you are getting treated with depression pills for low thyroid based depression, it indicates that the thyroid hormone treatment is likely not doing the job. With Autoimmune Thyroid you can have “normal” thyroid hormone levels and still continue to suffer with symptoms, including depression. Treatment needs to be focused on immune modulation, if you want to fix the real cause of the problem.
If you suffer with low thyroid, and you live in the United States, then the most probable reason you have this condition is from an immune reaction called Hashimoto’s Disease.
Treating this condition with replacement hormone, while ignoring the immune component, is like treating a slow bleed with blood transfusions and failing to stop the site of the bleed.
Without calming and modulating the immune system then the vicious cycle of thyroid gland destruction, by your immune system, will continue. You can use these red flags outlined as a guide to help you determine if you are receiving the proper management of your low thyroid condition.
via: Dr. Robert Boydston