It Could Still Be Your Thyroid

Do you suffer from any of the following? 

  • weight gain or difficulty loosing weight

  • tiredness

  • lack of energy

  • sluggishness

  • constipation

  • low libido

  • poor concentration

  • cold hands and/or feet

  • depression

  • poor sleep or sleep too much

  • period problems

  • dry skin

  • dry hair 

 

Then your problem could still be your thyroid... Even though your doctor had done blood tests and were told that they were normal.

Introduction
On Tuesday April 9 2002 I was asked by a member of a Thyroid Support Group, who also happened to be my patient, to give a talk on "Treating Thyroid Problems with a more Alternative Approach". The interest was enormous: I was amazed at the number of people that attended. There were at least 80 people present and though this does not sound much, it was a relatively huge turn out, as I was told afterwards, that there were only 20-25 at the previous talk! 

I was astonished, as well as concerned at some of the stories that came from the audience. Many of them made me feel ashamed of being a doctor, as most of the stories related to incidents where doctors really stuffed up and led to the consequent suffering of the person. Among all the stories, there were some common themes. One of them was that doctors do not listen and worse than that, they did not seem to know much about the condition. Another common theme was concerning the treatment of Hypothyroidism. These people were treated by their local doctors or specialists with Thyroxine. They continued to be treated the same despite complaining bitterly that they were not really feeling that much better. Blood tests were taken which showed that their thyroid function was normal, yet many still had many of their old Hypothyroid symptoms. 

The doctors were more concerned about bits of paper with numbers on it than with the patient sitting in front of them. This same story, with minor variations, was repeated time after time after time. 

A synthetic version of the thyroid hormone, Thyroxine (T4) was given and despite becoming biochemically "normal", they still felt much the same way they did before, in other words, were still clinically Hypothyroid. 

A large number of these people said that they went back to their doctor, time and time again but were not listened to. They were told that their blood tests were normal, so their problem must be in their heads! What really was alarming was that the next step was a prescription for anti-depressants!! 

After my talk there was a huge sigh of relief. Here was a doctor that listened, that understood and one that had answers, well. some answers! ! 

This book will focus mainly on Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) because it is the most common form of Thyroid Disease. It is very common in its own right and it can also develop as the end result of many of the treatments for Hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid). 

This last statement will become clearer later on.

 

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