UNDERTREATED HYPOTHYROIDISM

UNDERTREATED HYPOTHYROIDISM

 

You could be taking thyroid hormone replacement medications and have a TSH level that’s in the normal range, but still be having a range of thyroid-related symptoms. If that is the case, then you may be one of the millions of thyroid patients suffering from undertreated hypothyroidism.

There are two main reasons this may occur:

•Some physicians believe that giving you only enough medication to get you to mid-high normal TSH levels is sufficient.

•The current standard treatment, levothyroxine, may not be enough for you to feel well. Sometimes the body also needs a small amount of T3 along with the levothyroxine to become asymptomatic.
TSH Levels

Technically, the standard for normal is .3 to 3.74. If your TSH falls anywhere between those numbers, you would be considered “within normal range.” Most people feel best between one and two.

In the range .5-.7, you may have symptoms of sleeplessness, falling out hair, diarrhea, or more. That is because you have too much thyroid hormone and are suffering from hyperthyroidism.

Levels 4.7-5.5 are considered to be “subclinical hypothyroidism,” but some doctors still won’t even treat someone as suffering from hypothyroidism until the TSH level is at 10.
T3

Standard drugs for hypothyroidism, such as Synthyroid, are TF drugs. Some people also need T3 drugs such as Thyrolar. Others feel better when combining the two drugs.
For many, adding T3 helped relieve depression, brain fog, fatigue and other symptoms. T3 is quite new and has major implications for people who don’t feel well on their current thyroid therapies.
What to do if You are Still Symptomatic

If you’re still suffering hypothyroidism symptoms even though you are undergoing treatment, you need to talk to your doctor. Before you do, you can document how you feel each day so your doctor can review it easily. It may be helpful to print a Hypothyroidism Symptoms Checklist. It should let your doctor see your symptoms are not resolved by your current medication treatment.

Once you’ve completed the checklist, you should schedule an appointment to have a discussion with your physician about your TSH level. Also discuss whether adding T3 to your current treatment is recommended.

If your doctor refuses to discuss options, or won’t consider the T3 therapy and doesn’t give you clear, valid, and substantiated reasons, then you should consider finding another doctor. You may want to check Too Docs Directory. This is a directory that features US and international doctors by state or country. If one isn’t listed in your area, you can put in a request for one.

Undertreated hypothyroidism is much more common than you might think. There is no need to suffer endlessly simply because your test results show you “within normal range.” Working with your physician as a partner in wellness can help you find the optimal TSH level for you and help you reach optimal health.