Thyroid Testing & Treatments

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped organ that resides at the base of the neck and governs basal metabolic rate.

Common Thyroid Conditions

Thyroid disorders are one of the most common conditions that I see and treat in my clinic. Thyroid dysfunction is often left untreated for a number of years due to inadequacy in standard testing procedures.

Patients may often be misdiagnosed with depression or anxiety and told that they are experiencing symptoms which are a normal part of ageing; or are told to eat less and exercise more, or worse - it's all in their head.


Thyroid Testing Procedure

Standard thyroid testing involves running a TSH test, which tests how much the thyroid is being stimulated by the pituitary. Actual bioactive thyroid concentrations are ignored in this type of testing.

Your TSH may be normal, but thyroid hormone levels are high or low. Without appropriate testing, it isn't picked up. I see this all the time - normal TSH and very low active thyroid hormone.

There are various nutrients which are required for the manufacture of thyroid hormone. If you are not getting enough of these nutrients, then your thyroid doesn't have the ingredients it requires to make the hormones.

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Symptoms of low thyroid function

  • Hair loss
  • Forgetfulness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Low appetite but gaining weight
  • Intolerance to the cold
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Inability to lose weight in spite of efforts
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle nails
  • Muscle cramps
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Infertility
  • Swelling on the neck
  • Loss of the outter third of the eyebrows
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Blood pressure irregularities
  • Bradycardia (slow heart beat)

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss
  • Bulging eyes
  • Heart palpitations
  • Goiter (swelling of the neck)
  • Tremors
  • Heat intolerance
  • Sweating
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased appetite
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Muscle weakness

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