Thyroid Testing & Treatment
The thyroid gland maintains many of the body's most important behind-the-scenes functions such as metabolism, growth, brain development, and body temperature. Its function impacts every cell in the body.
Thyroid dysfunction can negatively impact the nervous system, heart, skeletal muscle tissue, kidneys, and other hormone-producing tissues in our bodies. Cellular energy decline is inevitable due to the aging process, stress, and environmental toxins happening in our daily lives, but can be greatly accelerated by a weak thyroid.
Some typical symptoms of thyroid dysfunction are fatigue, constipation, hair loss, chronic pain, unusually dry skin, cold hands and feet, depression, slow thinking, lack of mental clarity, depression, irregular or heavy menses, shakiness, loss of appetite, muscle aches, and inability to lose weight (see Thyroid Symptom Survey).
Large segments of the population have shown some level of thyroid dysfunction. This high likelihood of dysfunction makes a thyroid screening test a very important part of one's healthcare and disease prevention.
Dr. Alexandria uses different tests to determine proper thyroid function. She will begin with a standard blood test to establish baseline thyroid function. Thorough testing is done to determine TSH, free T3, free T4, thyroglobulin antibodies, and microsomal TPO antibodies, and reverse T3 for a complete picture of thyroid health.
Dr. Alexandria also instructs patients on testing basal body temperatures to determine if the thyroid hormones are getting to the cellular level where they are needed.
When testing determines that thyroid function is insufficient, Dr. Alexandria will create a customized program of care. When possible, a natural thyroid hormone (Westhroid Pure or Nature-Throid by RLC Labs) will be prescribed with a precise, individualized dosage. In some cases, combined T3/ T4 will be prescribed from a compounding pharmacy. When needed or preferred, Dr. Alexandria will prescribe synthetic thyroid available from a standard pharmacy.
Dr. Alexandria works with all thyroid patients, including those with hypothyroid, thyroiditis, Hashimoto's disease, Grave's diseases, subclinical hypothyroidism, post thyroid cancer and patients who have had their thyroids removed.