Living with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism can be very frustrating. The reason is that Hashimoto is the most common cause of low thyroid affecting the thyroid function, but it is treated in the same way as any other form of hypothyroidism.
If you are looking for a functional medicine practitioner approach Dr. Brad Shook. But I personally think that every one of us should learn some basic treatment for managing hypothyroidism from a conventional perspective.
Management of Hypothyroidism (no matter what the cause):
If patients complain of fatigue, weight gain, cold hands, palpitations, or depression then test TSH. If the TSH is above 3.0 then prescribe hormone replacement. Continue to increase the dose of hormones through the steps TSH below 2.0.
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If the patient continues to experience any of the symptoms after the thyroid is "balanced" in the laboratory tests and then treat it as a separate condition and provide appropriate medication, usually anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications.
Now what the problem is striking in that approach?
1. Never consideration was given to the real causes of low thyroid. We never stopped to ask why the thyroid is not working.
2. Treat each symptom as a separate issue; although it is actually associated with thyroid problems not fully addressed could be dangerous and unnecessary. Are you depressed or you still have a thyroid problem?
3. Approach, it is not possible to change the actual problem, continue to deteriorate while we throw the new drug when the patient suffers.