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Patrick Massey MD, PhD  ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, Elk Grove Village Il and serving the Chicago area
 

Sub-clinical Hypothyroidism


Dr. Massey has been practicing integrative medicine for more than two decades and feels that hypothyroidism is more common than believed.

Many people, with "normal" thyroid tests, may not feel well.  Lab tests are done and the results fall in the “reference range”. Patients are told that they are told they are normal and the symptoms of hypothyroidism are dismissed. 

Sub-clinical hypothyroidism is a common medical condition (10% of US population) especially as we age. The symptoms include:
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain/inability to loss weight
  • Hair loss/thinning
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased memory and cognition
  • Depression
  • Cold intolerance and chronically cold hands and feet  
 
A common test for hypothyroidism is TSH.  For most laboratories, the reference range for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is between 0.5-5.0. However, those who fall in the upper end of the usual reference range may have sub-clinical hypothyroidism.
 
A number of medical organizations now suggest that the old reference range is too broad and includes those who are mildly hypothyroid.  They suggest that the “healthy” reference range is much tighter…between 0.3/0.4 – 2.5/3.0.  As a result, some people who are considered normal, at the upper end of the usual reference range, would actually be hypothyroid with a tighter reference range.
 
A more extensive battery of thyroid blood tests can easily reveal sub-clinical hypothyroidism.

Over the years, many ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy patients with symptoms of sub-clinical hypothyroidism, diagnosed as “normal”, have regained their energy and vitality with proper thyroid supplementation.
 
 
 
Let us help you…call (847) 923-0046 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Massey (click here)
 

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