Exhausted, moody and forgetful? Gaining weight without changing your diet or exercise routine? Still asking your doctor: Why is it that I’m tired, but I can’t sleep? Your thyroid gland may be producing too much or not enough hormones.
That little butterfly-shaped organ in the base of your neck regulates the hormones that control so many of your biological functions: energy, metabolism, body temperature, sleep, sexual function, digestion, as well as hair and nail growth.
Traditional doctors are often quick to attribute these exhausting symptoms to other non-thyroid related conditions. Sometimes, these well-meaning professionals become so frustrated with a patient’s slew of symptoms that they send him or her to a psychiatrist!
A functional medicine doctor, on the other hand, understands that unearthing the root causes of your suffering takes time, patience and highly specialized integrative knowledge.
Traditionally trained endocrinologists often give one generic thyroid test and make a determination based on what, decades ago, was labeled a “normal” range. Rather than dictating which “normal” thyroid hormone level should fuel your functions, we determine what level is optimal for you.