In order for the musculoskeletal system to function optimally, it must have fuel and activation, which can be summed up to these basic necessities: proper oxygen, blood sugar balancing, nervous system stimulation, and hormonal balance (thyroid hormones, testosterone, insulin, etc). This is vital to turn on the DNA to make every cell work!! If the body does not have proper oxygen, balanced blood sugar, nervous system stimulation, or balanced hormones, the musculoskeletal system will not function optimally!! Therefore, they all must be addressed and that is how we achieve maximum results…by addressing the root cause of the interference.
Many people with hypothyroidism are never diagnosed as having a problem.
What’s even more unfortunate is that those that have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism receive insufficient treatment. This epidemic is sometimes referred to as a hidden issue that can go undetected for many years.
When your thyroid is not functioning properly, if affects many areas of your body and can show up in many ways such as:
- weight gain
- hair loss
- memory trouble
- high cholesterol
- low libido
- gum disease
- dry skin/acne/eczema
- cold hands and feet
- characteristically poor hair and nails
- irregular menstruation
So where is your thyroid and what purpose does it serve for your body?
Your thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck. It is part of your hormonal system that manufactures the master metabolism hormones that control your bodily functions. When your thyroid is not functioning properly, it can literally wreak havoc with your body causing widespread diseases and inferior symptoms.
Part of the problem with diagnosing your hypothyroidism problem is that many symptoms overlap with other symptoms and may go unrecognized as a result. According to Dr. Mercola, world-renowned doctor on natural health living, tells patients that checking your lab tests using his suggested standards are one area to check to determine if you are suffering from hypothyroidism:
• TSH — the high-sensitivity version. This is the BEST test. But beware most all of the “normal” ranges are simply dead wrong. The ideal level for TSH is between 1 and 1.5 mIU/L (milli-international units per liter)
• Free T4 and Free T3. The normal level of free T4 is between 0.9 and 1.8 ng/dl (nanograms per deciliter). T3 should be between 240 and 450 pg/dl (picograms per deciliter).
• Thyroid antibodies, including thyroid peroxidase antibodies and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies. This measure helps determine if your body is attacking your thyroid, overreacting to its own tissues (ie, autoimmune reactions). Physicians nearly always leave this test out.
• For more difficult cases TRH can be measured (thyroid releasing hormone) using the TRH stimulation test. TRH helps identify hypothyroidism that’s caused by inadequacy of the pituitary gland.
Diet and exercise play a key role in resolving thyroid issues. But other factors play a role too such as reducing your stress and possibly taking supplements. If you have one or more of the symptoms we have described and suspect you suffer from thyroid problems, contact Apex Physical Medicine. The staff will help determine what treatments can work best for your body.
Each patient must be under the care of a qualified medical professional.