Treating hypothyroidism

I’ve suspected for several years that we might be dealing with subclinical hypothyroidism. A few symptoms, blood work and family history have led me to think this needs to be addressed.

Since we are working with a functional MD that approaches children’s health from a different viewpoint, we have been addressing many things in the past 6-8 months. After discussing my son’s symptoms, his labs etc she agreed that we should try some dessicated thyroid medication.

His TSH has generally been running at 2.5 or higher since the first time anyone bothered to test it, so probably age 9.

This has never improved with adrenal support in his case which is reflective of what I see in our family. (I and my other adult child are also hypothyroid) Mercury is not the only cause for thyroid problems so in some of us despite chelation we may still need this treated.

I have an entire chapter in my book about thyroid function because it’s something I find tends to be overlooked and it’s really common these days.

Some of his symptoms that indicate his thyroid hormones are too low:

  • dandruff that isn’t responding to typical means of treatment
  • fatigue, hard to get going in the morning but can’t sleep at night
  • occasional belching, indigestion regardless of the food
  • anxiety even on adrenal support
  • gaining weight faster that what is considered expected for their age
  • brittle nails
  • brain fog
  • short-term memory issues
  • elevated TSH above 1.5 (his is 2.56)
  • free T3 that is not in the upper third of the range (*do check that the lab is using ranges for your child’s age because often they don’t. My tip-off was the range used for my son was the same one they used on my labs. A teen should have higher FT3 than someone my age. I like LabCorps Pediatric reference ranges)
  • thyroid antibodies: he has elevated TgAb (anti-thyroglobulin antibodies)  which means autoimmune hypothyroid.

Key things I’ve learned with my own thyroid issue and this is child #2 with thyroid issues.

  • When one is autoimmune hypothyroid, often the labs will be less reliable versus how you actually feel and it should be treated with thyroid medication.
  • Just because the hormone is circulating in your blood doesn’t always means it’s getting into your cells where you need it either. Especially if your immune system is destroying it or the thyroid cells. I’ve often wondered how much of the thyroid levels measured in blood are the result of destroyed cells releasing it.
  • If it quacks like a duck..it’s usually a duck so if you have the majority of symptoms, you really need to investigate this.

We have been addressing iron and vitamin D for 8 months now and his thyroid labs have not actually improved.  He’s also been on the antivirals and immune support for two and half months without any noticeable improvements. I realize Rome was not built in a day but that doesn’t mean you should have to feel lousy until and unless your deficiencies and immune issues are resolved.

So we began 1/4 grain and he reported being nauseous with a headache all day. I recognize that as adrenal fatigue. I cut his dose to 1/8 grain for a few days while I waited for the increase in adrenal cortex glandular to do its thing. Then we were able to give the 1/4 grain without any issues.

He is sleeping better. Time will tell what else improves…

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