Thyroid Disorders A Hard Pill to Swallow
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorders, that diagnosis likely came with a prescription for thyroid medication. After all, it’s the most common way thyroid disorders conditions are treated.But I am against the idea that medication is a magic pill that will absolute alleviate all of your symptoms. Medication rarely addresses the root causes of disease…especially thyroid disorders and autoimmune conditions.It’s kind of like putting a Band-Aid on, well, an autoimmune condition. The escalating hopelessness is so frustrating that it can add to the stress and strain that comes with the physical symptoms, the lethargy, the hollowness of your disease.I also take issue with the popular idea that medication is the only viable course of treatment. I hear over and over and over again from people who don’t understand why their levels look better on tests results, and yet they still suffer from symptoms, such as depression, weight gain or loss, temperature variations, hair loss, fatigue, anxiety, etc.That can leave a person feeling baffled, bewildered and bamboozled.
Rethinking The Doctor’s Orders
Knowing why your medication isn’t working is a big step toward feeling better. And taking your health into your own hands to reverse your condition can bring hope back again. If you’re worried about why your thyroid medication doesn’t seem to be working, here are a few reasons that might be the case:
1. You have undiagnosed Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s disease is the No. 1 cause of thyroid disorders; I have a deep, personal relationship with Hashimoto’s. But it also frequently goes undiagnosed and is often missed by a standard TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) blood panel. I personally went undiagnosed for over two years, after seeking help from 12 different doctors and specialists and two visits to the ER! It’s all too common – ask your doctor to test for TPO and TGB antibodies.
2. You have lowered thyroid receptor sensitivity. When your body is suffering from thyroid disorders, it can “dull” the sensitivity of receptors on cell membranes that transfer thyroid hormone for the cells to use. It can also reduce the number of those receptors overall. When the receptors’ sensitivity is dulled, the body must make more and more hormone (or you must take more and more medication) for the body to recognize and use it.