The thyroid gland, a critically important gland in the endocrine system, produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate and weight. Located at the front of the neck below the larynx, this butterfly-shaped gland consists of two lobes on either side of the windpipe. When the thyroid functions normally, it ensures smooth and balanced metabolism. However, when the thyroid becomes inefficient, symptoms of thyroid hormone deficiency may arise, leading to a condition known as hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism, also referred to as underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland fails to produce sufficient thyroid hormones. Addressing this condition promptly is crucial as it tends to worsen over time. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can contribute to various other health problems, including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, obesity, joint pain, infertility, and blood sugar imbalances.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism The symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary depending on the severity of the thyroid hormone deficiency. Fatigue and weight gain are common early signs of thyroid dysfunction. Here is a list of symptoms to be aware of:
If you are experiencing these symptoms or have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, the medical professionals at Robinhood Integrative Health in Winston-Salem can help.
At Robinhood Integrative Health we adopt a careful and diligent approach to diagnose and treat hypothyroidism. Here’s how we differ from traditional methods:
We believe that subtle cases of hypothyroidism are often overlooked by conventional doctors who rely solely on the TSH test for diagnosis. To catch all cases, we employ a comprehensive thyroid panel that includes TSH, Free T3, Total T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, and Thyroid Antibodies.
We offer a range of treatment options, including desiccated thyroid medications like NP Thyroid and Armour, which typically provide the best symptomatic improvement. However, we are open to using any medication or combination of medications that will help you feel your best. Other medications we may use include Synthroid (Levothyroxine), Tirosint, Cytomel (Liothyronine), and compounded thyroid medications.
We interpret lab results through an Integrative or Functional medicine lens. There is a significant distinction between lab results being “normal” and “optimal.” For example, the active form of thyroid hormone, Triiodothyronine (T3), primarily influences energy and metabolism. The “normal range” for Free T3 falls between 2.0 and 4.4, but individuals with a Free T3 level of 2.2 will feel much different than those with a Free T3 level of 4.2. Unfortunately, these subtle cases of hypothyroidism often go unnoticed.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Integrative Medicine Experts If you suspect you have hypothyroidism or feel that your treatment has not been optimized. Our team at Robinhood Integrative Health is here to assist you. We prioritize personalized medicine, ensuring that everyone receives treatment tailored to their specific requirements and we will continue to adjust treatment until you feel your best.