The symptoms of an underactive thyroid are a low mood, low energy and weight gain. These symptoms can be really upsetting and have a huge impact on quality of life. Patients often see Dr Roked as she’s a doctor who understands their symptoms and biochemistry of the thyroid, to get a thorough thyroid function blood test and figure out what else they can do to improve their symptoms in terms of other hormone interactions, lifestyle and nutrition and supplements.
Some patients also suffer with an overactive thyroid such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, with symptoms such as racing heart, irritability, shaking, and overactivity. Dr Roked can also treat this and refer to a specialist if needed. Patients also sometimes have raised antibodies of the thyroid, and Dr Roked can give you advise on how to treat this, such as cutting out certain foods, adding in supplementation, and even medications such as Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN).
The tests carried out routinely for the thyroid are:
- TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone. The signal from the brain that tell the thyroid gland to work.
- T4 also known as thyroxine. A hormone made by the thyroid gland.
- T3 – the most active and potent thyroid hormone. T4 has to convert to T3 via enzymes.
- Reverse T3 if this is high it can reduce the amount of T3 circulating in the body.
- Thyroid auto-antibodies – to check for autoimmune disease.
It is important to remember that other imbalances can cause similar symptoms to an under-active thyroid.
Part of what makes Dr Roked’s approach unique is that this thorough thyroid check is also looking for these imbalances and treating them so the body is functioning at it’s optimum. Based on the information above, Dr Roked can help you to really create a truly personalized health plan of supplements, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes. This is the future of medicine and Dr Roked is excited to be at the forefront of this new and evolving field.
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