Thyroid Health and Hashimoto’s
Dealing With Thyroid Imbalances
It is easy to confuse adrenal fatigue with hypothyroidism. Many of the symptoms are similar and people may suffer from both conditions. Dr Castle has been seeing more and more thyroid issues than ever before in her patient population, including younger individuals. The thyroid is a sensitive gland that may require considerable support to improve its function.
Low Thyroid Symptoms May Include:
- Weight gain
- Craving fatty foods
- High LDL and total cholesterol
- Chronic constipation
- Losing the outer 1/3 of the eyebrows
- Dry skin and hair
- Hair loss
- Hoarse voice
- Hypersensitivity to cold weather
- Intolerance to heat
- Muscle cramps while at rest
- Mood changes
- Memory problems
To understand a person’s thyroid problem, it is important to get a full thyroid panel through a blood draw. This can be done in a conventional laboratory setting. Testing includes: TSH, total T4, free T4, free T3, reverse T3, T3 uptake, thyroid antibodies (anti-thyroid peroxidase and anti-thyroglobulin for Hashimoto’s and thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin for Grave’s disease).
Thyroid hormone production is influenced by many different things in the body – estrogen levels, cortisol levels, autoimmunity, nutritional status including iron levels, essential fatty acids, inflammation, liver function and a person’s microbiome, digestive health, and certain prescription medications. Several of these areas are likely to be taken into consideration when creating a personalized plan for thyroid health.
To improve thyroid complaints, a comprehensive approach is necessary. We use diet, lifestyle, and natural medicine to balance thyroid hormone levels. Depending on the situation, a thyroid hormone prescription may be recommended if needed.
For patients on thyroid hormone medication, but still experiencing thyroid symptoms, a 4-point cortisol test to assess adrenal function and other reproductive hormone testing may be indicated.
For patients with Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease, an evaluation of the predisposition to autoimmune disorders is taken into consideration. For example, a food allergy or food sensitivity panel and a stool analysis may be indicated to determine if the autoimmune process is influenced by digestive inflammation.
Dr. Holly's Approach to Thyroid Health
Dr. Holly Castle a naturopathic doctor with almost three decades of experience. During her long career she has helped many people recover from thyroid challenges and imbalances.
She seeks to identifying the underlying root cause or causes of an individual’s health complaints by assessing the symptoms and by utilizing and interpreting conventional blood work and functional medicine tests as indicated. Her goal is to provide safe, supportive, natural wellness solutions that improve thyroid health as well as improve long term wellness outcomes.
Dr. Castle offers convenient and personalized healthcare in the comfort of your own home with Zoom appointments.