THYROID OPTIMIZATION TREATMENT
Whether there are high, average, or low levels of thyroid hormone, most patients complain of hypothyroidism-like symptoms than any other type of thyroid problem. Some of these thyroid problems include hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, euthyroid, and hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is commonly under-diagnosed and under-treated. This is because conventional doctors and physicians believe that these patients are healthy as long as their hormone levels (specifically thyroid-stimulating hormone “TSH”) are just within the so-called “conventional” boundaries of laboratory reference ranges.
A DIFFERENCE IN THYROID ASSESSMENTS AND TREATMENT
Our functional medicine physicians think otherwise because they don’t want patient’s levels to just be “within the reference ranges”. We want their hormone levels to be optimal. In addition, it is merely impossible to make an accurate diagnosis on a patient just obtaining TSH values. To have a valid overview of a patient’s thyroid function, the physician must test for a number of things. This includes the thyroid-stimulating hormone “TSH”, Free T3, Free T4, thyroid peroxidase, and thyroid antibodies. All of these hormones are interrelated and provide a definitive look at what is actually going on with the patient current health status.
At our bioidentical hormone replacement/optimization clinic, one of our specialized physicians will monitor the administration of this thyroid optimization treatment. This is done through patients’ ongoing feedback in conjunction with blood work analysis. We repeat this process until symptoms subside and we restore balance within the patient’s mind and body.