04 December 2009
Thyroid Trouble Or Are You Just Nuts?
What I've learned is that there's a big controversy out there around the "right" levels.
Following is an article that discusses the controversy - The TSH Reference Range Wars
What I learned from this article is that there's a wide range for what doctors deem to be a normal TSH Reference Range. A range that is determined by a study of a group of 100 people who supposedly don't have thyroid trouble. My question is, if the medical community can't agree on a normal range, the people in the test group (who are supposedly "normal") could actually have a thryroid problem.
Symptoms of thyroid trouble are :http://www.safemenopausesolutions.com/thyroid.html
Common symptoms of problem with thyroid due to low thyroid or hypothyroidism are:
• Fatigue and weakness • Low basal temperature ( cold intolerance) • Dry and coarse skin • Hair loss • Cold hands and feet • Weight gain • Insomnia • Constipation • Depression • Poor memory, forgetfulness, dementia • Nervousness and tremors • Immune system problems • Heavy menstrual periods
My mom, she's got every one of these symptoms except for the heavy menstrual periods, after all, she's freakin' 80 and that cycle stopped long ago.
My mom's readings were "low normal" for TSH.
Could it be that she's got a thyroid issue causing all of her troubles?
Our Naturopath Doctor has begun treating my mom's thyroid. It's been 2 days. My mom is doing way better. She hasn't hallucinated at all today. She's more relaxed and can carry a conversation. She slept better last night too.
He advised me not to get too excited yet. I can't help it. It's absolutely amazing how one little supplement can make such a big change for her.
I was reading about Alzheimer's and Thyroid.
More and more I'm more hopeful that my mom will be cured. I've been visualizing her healthy and happy... it's quite possible that her once beautiful head of hair grows back, she is able to lose the rest of her weight and more importantly, the dementia goes away.
If it wasn't for our Naturopath Doctor, we wouldn't be where we are today with my mom. She has more good days than bad and everyone is finally getting to sleep at night.