Denver Thyroid Specialist

Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid)

How often do you hear yourself saying: “I feel so tired….I can’t lose weight…My hair is falling out.” Your thyroid may be to blame. Hypothyroidism is a very common condition and is on the rise. One in ten Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunction. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, one of the most common forms of hypothyroidism, is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks its own thyroid tissue. (CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS.) Hypothyroidism is often underdiagnosed or improperly treated by the traditional medical community because standardized testing for thyroid may miss as many as 80% of patients with this condition.

What Are Typical Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism?

  • Fatigue
  • Poor Memory
  • Difficulty losing weight / unexplained weight gain
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Calloused heels
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss and brittle nails
  • Dry Skin
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Infertility

How Do We Diagnose Hypothyroidism?

low-thyroidHas your doctor said your thyroid tests are “normal”, yet you know something is wrong, and you are still fatigued? Most physicians rely on standard testing of TSH and T4 which are poor indicators of what is going on at the cellular level, which is where it all starts. T4 (the inactive form of thyroid hormone), made by the thyroid gland, is converted to T3 inside the cell, which regulates your metabolism, fat burning, temperature regulation, and energy. However, many things impair the conversion of T4 to T3 which include, stress, insulin resistance, diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. It is the T3 that is of utmost importance. At New Spring Integrative Medicine we do comprehensive lab analysis, such as free T3, free T4, TSH, reverse T3, anti-thyroglobulin and anti-thyroid peroxidase (anti- TPO) antibodies. This gives us a much clearer picture of your true thyroid functioning which will help you get back on the right track.

What Are The Treatment Options?

The standard of care for hypothyroidism is Synthroid or Levothyroxine (T4). However many individuals may not respond to this treatment and need a different approach. We offer other therapeutic options including bio-identical thyroid hormone replacement using T3, T3/T4 combination, or Armour thyroid. In addition, proper nutritional support is used to help optimize thyroid functioning. Dr. Sainer works with you to develop a personalized treatment program that addresses your needs and helps you feel better.

What Are The Benefits Of Thyroid Replacement?

Feeling good, having more energy, thinking more clearly, losing weight, improved hair growth and enhanced immunity are just some of the benefits. Results can be dramatic. A proper functioning thyroid can change your life! SEE ARTICLE ON HYPOTHYROIDISM Read here how other hormones can improve your life.