Thyroid Linked to Fatigue

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 03:43 PM

By Erika Schwartz, M.D

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Checking your thyroid function through blood tests is not particularly helpful because the medical profession teaches us to wait until you are pretty much laid out before we treat you for low thyroid.
 
So I have a few better ways to diagnose the problem. Take your basal temperature every morning for a month. If the temperature doesn’t reach the normal 98.6 F reading, then you are likely suffering from a sluggish thyroid gland, which is causing you to feel tired, experience poor sleep, gain weight, lose hair, have brittle nails, feel depressed, and lose your sex drive.
 
You also should have your basal metabolic rate calculated and that will tell you how many calories you use at rest. If the metabolic rate is low, you most likely are suffering with low thyroid.
 
Finally, the water distribution in your body also is affected by low thyroid, so if along with fatigue and the other symptoms I outlined you also feel bloated and your rings don’t fit, your thyroid may be to blame, not just the constant travel or bad food.
 
I see women with undiagnosed low thyroid living in a brain fog, exhausted, and dragging themselves through their lives. But when they are treated with thyroid T3, T4, desiccated Nature-throid, and supplements like L-tyrosine (1,000 mg/day), iodine, iodide, selenium, and vitamin B complex (100 mg/day), they feel like themselves and never head to bed with exhaustion again.

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Erika Schwartz, M.D., is a leading national expert in wellness, disease prevention, and bioidentical hormone therapies. She is author of Dr. Erika’s Healthy Balance newsletter.
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