Why Do I Still Have Hypothyroid Symptoms?

thyroid medsSo you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. You’ve been placed on medication and you are impatiently waiting for your symptoms to dissipate; but much to your chagrin, the symptoms remain. What gives? If you’re currently taking medication for hypothyroidism but still experience weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, constipation, and/or cold extremities read below to find out why.

The type of medication

Most doctors prescribe T4 only medications to those who suffer from hypothyroidism. These medications include  synthetic thyroid preparations such as levothyroxine which is synthetic T4: the inactive thyroid hormone. To produce energy and experience relief of symptoms, your body must be able to convert T4 to T3: the active thyroid hormone. Some bodies are unable to complete this task, resulting in continuous symptoms and potentially harmful side affects. For those who take t4 medication ineffectively, weight gain, susceptibility to fatal disease and the need for even more prescription medications is a possibility.

Incorrect dosage

Doctors often base your dosage off of blood work results, but how your symptoms progress or regress is very revealing of how the medication is working. These results may not be reflected immediately by your blood work. If your symptoms are persistent, you may need to increase your dosage, but this should only be done with the approval of your doctor.

 

References

1. Editorial: In Search of the Impossible Dream? Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy That Treats All Symptoms in All Hypothyroid Patients

2. Psychological Well-Being in Patients on ‘Adequate’ Doses of L-Thyroxine: Results of a Large, Controlled Community-Based Questionnaire Study

3. Only the Combined Treatment with Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine Ensures Euthyroidism in all Tissues of the Thyroidectomized Rat


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