Thyroid Treatment - What Should You Do When It Does Not Work
You are diagnosed with low thyroid symptoms and your doctor prescribes medicines for the condition. While initially the thyroid treatment seemed to work well enough, suddenly there is a stagnation period. Very often your doctor would increase the dosage of the medications; same results. It works for a little while and then completely stops showing any effects.
There are TWO Reasons Why Your Thyroid Treatment Refuses To Work
Lack of Adequate Thyroid-friendly Nutrients
Before seeking alternative treatment, you must understand why normal medication does not really work with low thyroid. The medicine prescribed to counter low thyroid in women is Synthroid (Levothyroxine)- which is synthetic thyroxin or tetra-iodothyronine (T4). This is the precursor of T3, which is the most active of the thyroid hormones. Since T3 is produced in very low quantities, T4 transforms itself into T3 - which controls the activities in the cells of your body. The T3 demands certain nutrients to function optimally among which selenomethione and iodine are the most important.
Hence, the first and most important reason why the medicines cease to increase the production of thyroid is lack of these specific thyroid-friendly nutrients. This is what your thyroid treatment should definitely include.
Too Much Production of Cortisol
The thyroid gland is indirectly controlled by the hypothalamus, which first sends signals to the pituitary gland to produce a number of hormones. The role of the pituitary gland is specifically to ensure that the production of hormones in adequate in the body. However, during stress the hypothalamus deviates from its path and releases CRF (Cirticotropin Releasing Factor) or CHRH (Corticotropic Hormone Releasing Hormone). In turn, the agitated pituitary gland send a hormone named ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone)to all adrenal glands in the body (adrenal glands are those which produce hormones) as a result of which Cortisol is produced. Cortisol is often called the "stress hormone" for this very reason.
Cortisol is also produced in the body when it is going through any chronic or prolonged illness. Its main role is to produce antibodies; however, when these are in excess, they tend to attack the thyroid gland just they would do a foreign body. The thyroid gland, when it finds itself under attack, reduces its functioning and you experience low thyroid.
The Beginning of a Vicious Circle
Test would be prescribed to diagnose what the symptoms indicate and when low thyroid is confirmed, Synthroid is prescribed. What the doctor should have done instead is prescribe other tests here that check the levels of cortisol and DHEA (hormone produced by the adrenal glands. The latter is a key player in combating autoimmune conditions (when own immune system attacks own organs/ tissues). [NOTE: The DHEA levels are measured not frol blood but saliva.]
To ensure accurate results for the above two types of tests, readings for both crotisol and DHEA should be taken at 4 different times during the day. Only testing cortisol alone would not be able to show you the complete picture, and hence the diagnosis would not be correct. If your doctor does not agree to check both - especially the saliva test - do not waste your time anymore there; change the doctor instant.
The Solution Is Simple - You Need Nutritional Supplements for Your Thyroid Treatment
It is clear that just Synthroid would not help. As you can observe from the above explanations, low thyroid is the result of a complex process that needs to be addressed at the roots level. Besides the common practice of prescribing Synthroid, suggest to your doctor that he also prescribes dietary remedies. You will be amazed with the changes you would experience with this small modification in your thyroid treatment.