Some of the most common complaints and symptoms patients struggle are related to the thyroid hormone. Many patients will have their annual labs checked at their primary care physician and are told their thyroid hormones are “normal” or within range. However, “normal” does not always mean optimal or the best.  Being deficient in your thyroid hormones does not necessarily give you a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Many Americans have “normal” TSH, T3, and T4 levels but still, suffer from many of the same symptoms of thyroid deficiency.

There are over 200 symptoms that could be related to your thyroid hormones not being at an optimal level such as:

  • Tired, fatigued even after adequate sleep
  • Thin hair, thin skin, thin nails
  • Weight gain, increased body fat
  • Inability to lose weight despite extreme exercising and diets
  • Loss of cognition, memory
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Constipation, bloated
  • Poor sense of well-being
  • Depression
  • Decline in motivation
  • Loss of energy

Typically, we treat patients with a combination of T3 and T4 known as desiccated thyroid. Desiccated thyroid is available commercially and at our compound pharmacy and is also known as Armour Thyroid or Naturethroid. We will test your lab values and evaluate your symptoms monthly until the optimal dose is achieved.

At Live Young Wellness Spa, we strive to make our patients feel there very best and focus on symptom management rather than lab values. We want our patients to be optimal, not normal.



What does the thyroid hormone even do?

The thyroid hormone is a metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland that regulates temperature, metabolism, brain function, and energy. It actively protects against cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, fatigue, weight gain, memory loss, and decreases dyslipidemia by decreasing visceral fat.

I am on Levothyroxine (Synthroid) and still suffer with these symptoms?

Many patients are prescribed Levothyroxine by their primary care physician but still suffer the aggravating symptoms of fatigue, depression, weight gain, and cold intolerance. Levothyroxine is solely synthetic T4. T3 is the active hormone that needs to be fixed, not just T4. That is why we treat with a combination of T4 and T3.

Is there a difference between Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Deficiency?

Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by low levels of thyroid, and an increased TSH

Thyroid deficiency is diagnosed by symptoms of low thyroid but normal TSH lab values

What causes a thyroid deficiency?

Like other natural hormones in our body, as we age, the thyroid hormone decreases due to a decreased response from our thyroid gland. This decrease in secretion leads to receptor site resistance, which causes the symptoms of low thyroid despite our “normal” TSH lab values. Lastly, there is a decrease in the conversion of T4 to T3.

Why are my TSH levels normal but I still have symptoms of low thyroid?

Low T3 levels are the culprit for the symptoms thyroid deficiency, not TSH or T4.

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