10 to 1 you know someone who has a thyroid problem! Thyroid problems are often misdiagnosed and mis-treated…and women are often affected the most.
Does this sound familiar? Your labs come back “Normal” and yet you still feel tired, achy, cold, depressed and mentally sluggish. I can’t tell you how many people have been told…”go home, get some rest, your blood work looks normal, you are probably just over worked.”
Or even worse, you are put on thyroid hormone replacement and you still have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism but your lab tests show that your thyroid levels are good. And worst of all it’s difficult to get anyone to listen to you. So now what do you do?
Here are some common symptoms:
- Feeling Tired
- Mentally fatigued/sluggish
- Can’t lose weight even with exercise
- Feel cold—hands, feet, or all over
- Require excessive amounts of sleep to function properly
- Increase in weight gain even with low-calorie diet
- Gain weight easily
- Difficult, infrequent bowel movements
- Depression, lack of motivation
- Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
- Outer third of eyebrow thins
- Thinning of hair on scalp, face or genitals or hair loss
- Dryness of skin and/or scalp
- Nervousness and emotional
- Night sweats
It doesn’t have to be that way. I have found that most will have only two tests done (TSH and T4) to determine if they have a thyroid problem. While these tests may offer a simple screening for thyroid function they don’t offer the complete picture! Did you know there are well over 20+ ways that your thyroid can go bad? And, only one of those ways will respond to typical replacement therapy. Not everyone fits into the replacement model of treatment. Modern approaches allow us to dial in to your specific needs.
There is a delicate dance that goes on with all the hormone systems and the thyroid plays a key role in your metabolism and energy.
Don’t go on feeling frustrated. We will listen to your concerns and chart a course to get you back on track. Comprehensive blood work and functional analysis will help us determine the shortest path to getting you better.
If you would like to reserve an initial “Discovery Visit” ($250 value), call our office at 252-758-2222. Please remember to brings copies of all current lab tests.
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What should I expect on my “Discovery Visit”? Your “Discovery Visit” includes a review of your case, concerns and goals, a thorough history and a functional physical/neurological examination. If further testing is required Dr. McCarthy will discuss the details of specific testing and review pricing options.
How will I save money on lab testing? We often order extensive blood work, salivary testing and gastrointestinal studies that would cost thousands of dollars at a fraction of the cost. We pass that cost savings along to you. You are only charged for the cost of the testing. We do not profit from running the lab studies. Dr. McCarthy does charge a fee to interpret your findings and develop your treatment plan. He will review those fees before any testing is ordered. All testing must be paid for prior to ordering.
What if I have recent blood work? It is a good idea to bring your most recent lab work for Dr. McCarthy to review (he may be able to use this data) but he often has to run more extensive studies in order to thoroughly understand and treat your condition. Remember, we leave no stone unturned. We expect to find the underlying cause of your concern and implement a therapy that can bring you results when other approaches have fallen short.
Below I have pasted links to a phenomenal radio interview with my mentor, Dr. Datis Kharrazian. The first link is part 1 and the second is part 2 of the same interview from Feb. 2, 2010. Enjoy it.