I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!
How many of you have found yourselves making that statement, when faced with strange seemingly unrelated health issues? Heart palpitations, anxiety, depression, tremors, thinning hair, irregular periods, joint pain, fatigue, increasing forgetfulness, the list goes on and on. Do you chalk it all up to “getting old”, and thinking, “ this is what happens when you get older”. How many times, if asked “How are you?” do you respond with “Pretty good for my age”?
If any of these rings a bell with you please know that firstly, this is NOT part of getting older, or at least it doesn’t have to be! And secondly, all of these things can be symptoms of a Thyroid or a Hormone issue. For today our focus will be on the Thyroid. We know that in today’s society thyroid problems are increasing by leaps and bounds! Hashimoto’s disease is reaching almost epidemic proportions! The reason for this epidemic rise in thyroid dysfunction is a combination of poor diet and an increasingly toxic environment, and the cumulative effect of lifetime toxic exposures.
How many of you have been to your doctor complaining of symptom listed above or others and wondered about your hormones? Did your doctor do lab work? Were you told that your TSH was “within normal limits?” Is that when you began to think “well I guess I really am just getting old?” Don’t feel like you are alone this happens to millions of people every day. The “Standard of Care” in traditional medicine dictates what doctors can and can’t do, what tests, treatments, drugs are prescribed based on the patient’s complaints. Anything outside the standard of care could spell trouble for the physician who would be considered to be operating outside the standard of care. It could also mean that a patient’s insurance wouldn’t cover anything that falls outside the standard of care, at least without justification from the doctor. If all of this sounds wrong, it’s because it is, and sadly that is the broken system people are forced to live with.
Below you will find a symptom sheet and the outline of our Thyroid Program. You are welcome to take that list to your doctor and ask if they will do them, or you can call for an appointment to have those labs drawn here in the clinic.
Remember growing old is NOT synonymous with being miserable, and in pain. Misery and pain are signs that something is wrong and are not part of the natural aging process!
Tests included in the thyroid panel:
- Total T4
- Anti-Thyroglobulin AB
- Thyroid Peroxidase AB
- Free T3
- Total T3
- Reverse T3
The most efficient way to do things is to schedule a lab draw for the thyroid panel and then schedule a consultation with Dr. Morris MD once the lab results come back. Lab results come back between 10-14 business days. This initial consult includes history and physical exam, review of any labs/imaging, notes, orders, prescriptions. Expect the initial consult to be around 45 minutes.
Visits with Dr. Morris are not covered by insurance. Thyroid labs are usually not covered by insurance through our lab.