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You are not crazy

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It’s a complaint I’ve heard many times. Women struggling with thyroid issues tell me their doctors view them as difficult or demanding, since the doctors don’t know how to resolve their physical symptoms. “The tendency is usually to prescribe Synthroid, Levoxyl or another brand name or generic form of levothyroxine (T4), and then write off any unresolved symptoms as unrelated to the thyroid problem, as a consequence of poor lifestyle choices, or even, as a somatoform disorder, also known as a psychosomatic disease,” writes one prominent alternative endocrinology expert, Kent Holtorf, M.D., of Torrance, CA.

The unresolved symptoms may include fatigue,

Is it More than Menopause?

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As women get older, a lot of symptoms, both physical and mental, are simply attributed to menopause. Doctors may even suggest this, leaving many women to believe their symptoms can not improve.

However, there are some symptoms that should be recognized as a red flag for the possibility of associated hypothyroidism, or low-thyroid function, which can exacerbate just about all of the symptoms of menopause. Fatigue, depressed mood, foggy thinking, cold intolerance, sudden high cholesterol, thinning hair, and weight gain despite exercise and healthy eating mean it’s time to check your thyroid function.

Hypothyroidism becomes more common in women as they

When T4 is not Enough, It May Be in Your Genes

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Even though it is considered standard treatment, not everyone with hypothyroidism does well on T4 (Synthroid, or levothyroxine) alone. Some people complain that they just don’t feel right on T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone. They are still tired, or sluggish, or have “brain fog” or other vague symptoms. Or they are gaining weight. Just about every doctor who treats thyroid problems has seen this regularly.

Unfortunately, it is often the patient who has to convince the doctor that T4 alone is not working. And it is often the patient who suggests that T3, the active form of thyroid hormone,