Thyroid Health and Misdiagnosis

Sleeping pills on bedside tableYour thyroid is a huge player when it comes to migraines, headaches and pain.  A slow thyroid  is one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed conditions today.

Thyroid hormones effect every major part in your overall health. If you have problems with your thyroid, you may suffer from problems such as excessive weight gain, chronic aches and pains, never-ending numbness and tingling, consistent fatigue and more.

One major and common symptom of a slow functioning thyroid problem is migraine.  You may think you’re just having bad headaches. But you really are suffering from migraines, and your pain is likely connected to your thyroid.

You Must Treat Causes, Not Symptoms

Most of us with migraines will begin self treatment with an over-the-counter medication which won’t address the underlying cause, so then we keep taking more medication, thus the cycle of never ending headaches and stronger and stronger medication continues.

The problem is making sure you get the correct thyroid diagnosis with thorough testing.

A full thyroid panel will help you end the mystery of why you feel so poor, and why you are suffering migraines.  Many times however, we may have a thyroid test that comes back negative, even though you demonstrate every symptom of a slow thyroid.

Unfortunately, most general thyroid tests are inaccurate, which leads to more frustration, more misdiagnosis and more improperly prescribed medication.

How is it that people with every single slow thyroid symptom can be told they’re “fine”?

Normal blood work does not tell us anything; it is simply the start of an investigation because, clearly, something is wrong. If you’ve got all the symptoms of low thyroid and your doctor says your blood work is fine, something obviously isn’t right.

A typical thyroid test measures the bloodstream’s TSH and T4. However, these tests are faulty as they measure the amounts of thyroid hormone in the bloodstream.  The problem is, the actions of thyroid hormones occur in your cells, not in the bloodstream.

Meanwhile many tested for hypothyroid and hyperthyroid can get negative results. Another concern for thyroid tests is a lack of agreement on the parameters of what’s “normal.”

Understanding TSH

The AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) base their TSH levels on a range between 0.5 to 5.0, therefore if you have a test above 5.0, you’re hypothyroid, where you have not enough hormone. Tests with TSH below 0.5 indicate too much thyroid, a condition known as hyperthyroid. The problem occurs when you find doctors and medical professionals such as endocrinologists who don’t diagnose or treat a patient unless their TSH tests are above 10!

The lack of a consistent agreement about diagnosis can leave you under-treated.

Doctors don’t want to prescribe thyroid replacement therapies without being sure that you are actually suffering with a hypothyroid. Cautious, they want a test that has pinpointed whether you have a thyroid problem, since an incorrect diagnosis with the wrong therapy poses health risks.

If you aren’t hypothyroid, and received an excess of thyroid hormones, you may have problems like elevated heart rate, rapid pulse, and accelerated bone loss. However, if you don’t receive proper therapy, you may suffer from problems like anxiety, fatigue, pain, and weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome and depression.

Many patients take medications to mask these symptoms. Medications including NSAIDS and Ibuprofen for pain, SSRIs for depression, Nerotontin for tingling extremities, anxiety medications like Xanax, and even laxatives for constipation are all common go-to’s.

All of these problems, and the medications to address them, could make you feel SO MUCH worse.

Once treated correctly, you can become problem-free, and able to eliminate your medications. Getting the correct diagnosis helps you treat migraines’ causes, heal your thyroid, and develop a path to good health.