It's not all in your head - could this be your issue?
For years I’ve struggled with what I knew were thyroid related issues. Everyone is in my family is on thyroid meds, but for the past 15 years docs have said “you’re fine”. For the past 5 years I’ve been jumping up and down saying - please test my antibodies and Reverse T3 - just because my TSH is “normal” doesn’t mean my body is converting properly… ugh.
It really just gave me fuel to focus on the basics that I knew would support my body in healing. I started on 30 mg of Armour and will test levels at 3 months and see if we’re headed in the right direction. I don’t feel any shifts after only 3 weeks, but it could take a few months and a possible increase to see changes. I’ll keep you posted.
Real quick, let’s do a basic thyroid review:
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland, located in your neck, wrapped around the windpipe, behind and below the Adam’s Apple area.
The endocrine system produces all our hormones, and the thyroid is a part of it.
The hypothalamus uses TRH (Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone) to tell the pituitary to make TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone).
Then TSH stimulates the thyroid gland itself.
The two main thyroid hormones are T4 (largest percent) and T3 (smallest percent but most active and does all the things).
TSH signals your thyroid to put together raw materials, such as iodine and tyrosine, to make T4 and T3.
These hormones help oxygen get into cells and make your thyroid the master gland of metabolism. Think of the thyroid gland as your gas pedal.
The thyroid gland affects so many important things:
weight (Low metabolism means slow conversion of fat into energy.)
energy levels (Thyroid hormones power you up.)
gastrointestinal health (Thyroid is responsible for stomach acid formation, essential for good digestion.)
nervous system (This is why low thyroid causes brain fog, forgetfulness, and depression.)
cardiovascular health (Many heart diseases could be avoided if the thyroid was properly checked.)
hormonal balance (This is why infertility is often caused by thyroid issues.)
Comprehensive Thyroid Panel - ask your doctor for all of these markers:
Reverse T3 (rT3)
Thyroid Autoantibodies (TAA) and (TPO)
Free T3 and T4
Not everyone with hypothyroid symptoms should be on medication and if it’s necessary, it doesn’t mean it’s forever (there are synthetic thyroid meds and more natural thyroid hormone derived from porcine (pig) thyroid such as Naturethroid, Armor, or Westhroid that I would recommend). In many cases, the thyroid can heal.
This is a super basic overview about the thyroid, but I want you to know what an integral part of our health this small organ is and the importance of having a comprehensive thyroid panel done so you know if there are steps you need to take for healing.
If you want to dig deeper, set up a consultation to see if we’d be a good fit to work together. I would encourage you to educate yourself further with these resources I trust:
Izabella Wentz - Great research and information on nodules, Hashimoto’s and meds.
Chris Kresser’s ebook
Dr. Amy Myers - gut and thyroid connection.
As always, I’d love to hear from you if you have experiences to share or need support in any way!