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Conditions - Endocrine - Sick euthyroid syndrome

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

Sick Euthyroid Syndrome (SES):  a medical condition (not disease) where the patient exhibits many symptoms of hypothyroidism – fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, dry skin, depression, anxiety, decreased memory/concentration, low libido, muscle pain, etc – and yet have normal or low/normal levels of throid stimulating hormone (TSH), T3 and T4. (Dr. Massey video on SES, click here)
SES is the result of more stress than the body can handle and the body is trying to conserve resources. The body begins to make a type of thyroid hormone (reverse T3) that shuts the body down…to hibernate.
Most physicians do not believe that SES exists outside of the intensive care unit and that it is rare in the general public.  However, recent medical research has demonstrated that symptoms of sick euthyroid syndrome is often found in patients with stressful, chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease….if you look for it.  Dr. Massey has also diagnosed SES in patients with severe, chronic stress without other diseases.  Treating SES can restore energy and vitality.  By definition, patients with SES also have adrenal fatigue.
There is no traditional medical therapy for sick euthyroid syndrome.  However, integrative medicine combines the best of traditional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine…and has a solution.  SES is not a disease and therapy is not a life-long process.  Most patients with sick euthyroid syndrome, if properly treated, do very well in the short and long term.
ALT-MED integrative medicine approach it tailored to the specific patient and may include the following:
  • Tests to confirm SES and adrenal fatigue
  • Specific thyroid medication – short term
  • Specific supplements to help with adrenal function and stress
  • Intravenous vitamins (click here)
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Energy medicine to reduce stress and balance energy flow (click here)
  • Acupuncture to reduce stress, increase energy (click here)
  • Massage therapy to reduce stress, increase “relaxation” hormones (click here)
Let us help you…call (847) 923-0046 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Massey

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