Why Isn’t My Thyroid Medication Working
Getting properly diagnosed with a thyroid condition isn’t the only hurdle many patients face. The next hurdles come in finding the right thyroid medication and treatment. This can be a challenging and slow process because of the nature of your thyroid gland.
In this article, we will try to give you some insight into how the gland works and what you can do to improve the effectiveness of your treatment.
What is the source of the problem?
On the surface, thyroid medication seems like an adequate solution. After all, your gland is either producing too much or too little. Taking medications that adjust or replace your hormone levels should cure it, right? Wrong.
Your thyroid condition actually stems from your immune and metabolic responses. As a result, it’s classified as an autoimmune disease. These diseases breakdown your natural defenses and responses to infection because your biological signals get crossed and your body starts attacking itself. This attack disrupts healthy thyroid function.
Autoimmune diseases come with two main side effects that tamper with your thyroid:
- Adrenal fatigue
These aren’t the only reasons your thyroid medication may not be working, but they top the usual suspect list.
Inflammation is the first thing to disrupt the production and regulatory functions that take place inside the gland. Over time, this disruption will produce symptoms that indicate you have a thyroid problem. By the time you are diagnosed, it is likely that the inflammation has suppressed or destroyed many of the hormone receptors in the gland. Essentially, this level of suppression makes your thyroid condition medication resistant.
What do we do about it?
The functions that are disrupted and suppressed make it difficult for the gland to convert the building blocks of necessary hormones into actual hormones. This puts stress on other areas of the body like the adrenal gland, which can become fatigued and nonresponsive to thyroid medication.
To solve these problems, you have to understand the true root of them and treat them from the source up. Your general practitioner will likely tell you that your hormone resistance is an unclassified condition, and therefore, untreatable. Most doctors will choose to wait it out and monitor you for improvement every six months.
An endocrinologist has better insight into what is going on inside the gland itself. If you are not receiving satisfactory treatment through your general practitioner, get referred to an endocrinologist.
They can talk to you about treatments for inflammation and how to work within the bounds of medicine to help your thyroid absorb and use these medications. It’s important to talk to a specialist before trying any alternative treatments; especially if you have thyroid diseases or cancer; consultations available.