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What if my medications aren’t working?

Not everyone has the ability to absorb thyroid medication either due to abdominal infections or they are intolerant to lactose. This means that if a person is intolerant to lactose, it becomes difficult for the person to absorb any medication that might contain lactose. However, a good percentage of people seem to relate well with Tirosint as absorption difficulties are rare, while the kind of medication they use is usually T3/T4 compound medication. The most frequent triggers in medicine are corn, gluten, soy and lactose.

The common doctor however, is not familiar with the mentioned thyroid medications since they are not popular, because of this, the affected person should always seek doctors that are functional, integrative or naturopathic. The compounding pharmacist can be a reliable source of information when seeking for such doctors. The reason for identifying a good doctor is to ensure that the thyroid condition is dealt with properly and effectively.

I’m I taking too much thyroid medication?

The nature of thyroid prescriptions is that the medication should be in small quantities (micrograms) and should not be very little nor exceeding the desired amount, therefore, it is a prescription that should not have room for errors. When the person experiences various feelings during medication and the heart rate is above 100 (Palpitations), there should be a cause of alarm.

Overactive and underactive thyroid causes rapid and slow progressive symptoms respectively, which can sometimes be discomforting. The patient should contact the doctor if symptoms become irritating.

When the patient finally gets the right medications (usually 4-6 weeks), he or she should always be checking after every 3-6 months or yearly to ensure that the prescribed quantity is still the accurate one. When the condition prolongs, the patient should check with the doctor as soon as possible.

Medication

The right medication in the correct dosage can work wonders for a thyroid disease patient. Combining medication with a good diet works even better, and after some time a patient may eradicate the need for medication. A patient with a TSH level of more than 3.0 needs treatment. Patients report that once they are on medication, their health improves and consequently the quality of life. No more hair loss, fatigue, and napping throughout the day.

But medication is not a life sentence. If the doctor treats the root cause of the autoimmunity, thyroid disease patients can go into complete remission. Consider the following facts about thyroid treatment.

Thyroid medication treats the symptoms rather than the cause of the thyroid disorder.

  • 97% of people on thyroid medication are Hashimoto’s victims, but only a few are aware of their condition.
  • Hashimoto’s has to be treated. Otherwise, the quality of life of its victims worsens.
  • Hashimoto’s could cause infertility in its advanced phases.
  • The longer Hashimoto’s is left untreated, the more symptoms the victim exhibits.

Types of medication

Synthroid

Synthroid is the most popular thyroid medication and is the most recommended. 90% of people who use this medication report that it helps them feel better. However, there are some people this medication cannot help. It is a prodrug that contains T4 hormone, which is an inactive form of the T3 hormone. The body should be able to convert T4 into T3, but some people cannot complete the conversion probably due to a nutrient deficiency or some other unclear reason.

Combination medication

Those individuals who cannot benefit from Synthroid should try T3/T4 medication. This medication contains the desiccated form of active T3 hormone and includes drugs such as Armour Thyroid, WP Thyroid, Nature Thyroid, and compounding pharmacists Compound T3/T4. A compounding pharmacist may make a drug with a predetermined ratio of T3 to T4 depending on the patient’s needs.

Combining Cytomel with conventional thyroid medication such as Levothyroxine and Synthyroid also works.

Food sensitivities

Another root cause of autoimmunity is a food sensitivity. The body requires food, but some foods cause inflammation especially in patients with leaky guts. Gluten, milk products, and soy are famous for causing food sensitivities. The food causing food sensitivity in one patient may not necessarily cause it in another patient. Everyone should identify the foods that trigger autoimmune symptoms in their bodies and avoid those foods. That is what is called an Elimination Diet.

An effective Elimination Diet strategy

One should start by practicing a healthy diet for about three weeks. In those three weeks they should not take the common food sensitivity culprits such as gluten, soy, eggs, and milk. After the three weeks’ elapse, they should reintroduce the eliminated foods one at a time after every four days. If a cyst, skin blemish or any other form of discomfort are observed upon consumption of certain food, they should eliminate that type of food from the diet completely. After elimination of food sensitivity, some autoimmunity symptoms fade away, which is a good thing, right?

The following are the common food sensitivities symptoms

  • Skin breakouts
  • Bloating
  • Puffy eyes
  • Abdominal pains
  • Moodiness
  • Inflammation
  • Rashes
  • Muscle pains

An elimination diet is not the only way of determining food sensitivity. One can take a food sensitivity test. Please note that these tests are highly controversial and are not covered by most medical insurance covers. The test may register false positives and “false negatives”. Alletess Labs and MedLab offer a good test with reliable results. The available food sensitivity tests are 96 Food Panel and 184 Food Panel.

Remember that the Elimination Diet offers the most accurate results. The downside to it is that it takes a lot of time and it involves try and error. But it is worth the effort since it is health that is at stake here. Food sensitivity is an autoimmune trigger, so solving it can prevent autoimmunity in the future. Solving this problem also helps treat autoimmunity.

TSH Testing For Thyroid Conditions

Most of the time women are advised to have advocates that consistently check on their health by carrying out several screening tests including for thyroid disease known as TSH test or thyroid hormone stimulating test.

At advanced cases of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, a perfect TSH test is done and one can either be diagnosed for any of the two. There is no perfect day to get tested for the levels of one’s thyroid hormones.

Thyroid hormone in the body is produced as a feedback loop mechanism after hypothalamus and pituitary communicates with thyroid gland at their low levels. In other cases, the thyroid hormone may be depressed even when other hormone levels are balanced, thus the TSH may not sufficiently respond to low thyroid levels

The TSH test may turn out to be normal yet in real sense there are low levels of thyroid hormone in the blood stream due to low levels of pituitary hormone thus impairing the mechanism that gives out the feedback.

Scientists reasoned that the normal range of thyroid hormone should range between 1 and 2. From research it has been shown that at 1.00 is a healthy level when THS test is done as argued by doctors while most patients feel better when the levels are between 0.5 to 2.00. However people are diverse and some did not correspond to this TSH scale with some being healthy with a more elevated reading. Some of the people who are diagnosed having abnormal thyroid activity sleep up to twelve hours in a day.

From the above test, it can be said that there may be some undetected conditions which one may be having other than the normal thyroid condition. The tests are not consistent, some days one may be hypothyroidic while other days they can be hyperthyroidic. Depending on which day they decide to get tested, they should remember to go for another confirmatory test for Hashimoto’s.