Do Thyroid Medications Even Work
Adjusting to thyroid medications can feel like one long, never-ending nightmare. If you thought that diagnosing your thyroid condition would be the hard part, you’re not alone.
A lot of patients begin taking these medications soon after diagnosis and expect the drug therapy to be the miracle cure they’ve been waiting for. The letdown when this isn’t the case doesn’t compare to the struggles that lie ahead for so many affected patients.
Suppression, Replacement, and the Underlying Cause
Whether underactive or overactive, if your thyroid malfunction isn’t directly related to surgery or a secondary health problem, it is most likely autoimmune – a condition that means your body attacks itself.
There are several theories as to why this happens, but as of yet, nothing has been definitively proven. What we do know is that the aftereffects of the attack most notably include:
- Hormone imbalance
Drugs that suppress or supplement the hormone imbalance are only half the battle. Thyroid medications generally need to be supplemented with complimentary drug therapies, nutrition, and further testing to make sure the treatment is fully effective.
Treating the “Forgotten Symptom”
Most doctors attribute thyroid conditions to a change in hormone levels or an iodine deficiency. Realistically, iodine deficiency is rarely the root cause, so it is important to double check this possibility instead of just self-medicating.
You’ll notice that the second aftereffect of inflammation isn’t usually listed as a cause, but inflammation might be what’s rendering your thyroid medications slow-acting or initially imperceptible.
Inflammation affects your thyroid function in three main ways:
- It breaks down the connection between your hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and thyroid.
- It decreases the number and sensitivity of your hormone receptors.
- It decreases your hormone conversion rate, making it difficult to produce an active supply.
The problem with both suppression and replacement therapies is that they don’t directly address these decreases and breakdowns.
Instead, a lot of synthetic thyroid medications simply work to mask the problem, leaving patients to deal with depression, anxiety, and other slow responding symptoms while the drugs build up in their bodies.
Rather than going on synthetic and supplemental drug therapies; endocrinologists can recommend natural medications solutions that will realign biological relationships, increase receptor sensitivity, and encourage active hormone production.
Consultations are available to reevaluate your options.
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