Do you feel tired or sluggish?
Do you have brain fog?
Weight gain? Cold hands and feet? This can affect men and women.
My doctor said that my labs are normal. What do I do now?
At EverVitalMD, our providers listen to your concerns and dig deep to find the root cause of why you’re not feeling like yourself. A top complaint is that you continue to not feel well even though you’ve been told your labs are normal. This can go on for many years. You may be simply attributing not feeling well to normal aging, a hectic lifestyle or to having young kids at home. It may be more than that and targeted testing can be ordered to find the root cause of your symptoms.
After listening to your concerns and reviewing your health history, our providers will utilize a combination of testing to:
- Determine hormone imbalances caused by too much or too little hormone.
- Match your hormone levels with your symptoms.
- Determine individualized treatment plans.
- Monitor and retest to adjust the treatment plan.
Understanding Thyroid Hormones
The thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism and insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism.
Although the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can treated once properly diagnosed by a functional medicine provider at EverVitalMD.
Types of Thyroid Disease
Hypothyroidism stems from an underproduction of thyroid hormones. Since your body’s energy production requires a certain amount of thyroid hormones, a drop in production can lead to common symptoms including fatigue, brain fog, weight gain, hair loss and cold intolerance.
In contrast, Hyperthyroidism is caused by too much thyroid hormone production. Symptoms include weight loss, nervousness, sweating and difficulty sleeping.
Graves’ Disease is actually an autoimmune disease that causes an overproduction of the thyroid hormone. The immune system causes antibodies to make more thyroid hormone than the body needs. Treatment for Graves may include lifestyle modifications, diet changes to decrease inflammation, targeted supplementation and often times medications. Symptoms of Graves’ Disease include bulging eyes, sleeplessness, shaking hands, and weight loss.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – In this autoimmune disorder, the body attacks thyroid tissue. The tissue can eventually die and stops producing hormones. Hashimoto’s is diagnosed by detecting thyroid antibodies in your blood. Treatment for Hashimoto’s requires lifestyle modification, elimination of inflammatory foods, stress reduction and increasing detox activity in your body. Often times a natural thyroid prescription medication is utilized or a specialized medication prepared by a compound pharmacist.
Typical thyroid workup includes TSH, T3 and T4 which often comes back normal. Functional thyroid lab panels include TSH, Free T3, Free T4, reverse T3, thyroid antibodies and cortisol levels. EverVitalMD providers are trained to interpret these results and develop an individual treatment plan for you so you can have your life back! Our providers utilize an integrative and preventative approach to look at the root cause through testing, holistic and natural treatments as well as bio-identical hormone therapy. We also incorporate various preventative treatments such as stress reduction, exercise, natural therapies and various organic foods. The end goal is optimal hormone balance based on each individual’s needs not just by looking at lab values but also listening to how you feel.