Were you diagnosed with hypothyroidism, put on medication and expected to feel so much better and still don’t? This is something I hear all the time – my thyroid is underactive, that’s why I’m tired, overweight and my hair is falling out. Really, if your thyroid is optimally treated there should no longer be lingering thyroid symptoms.
Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include:
- weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- feeling cold or getting chilled (may not be noticed at menopause)
- depression and apathy
- dry skin and hair
- hair thinning
- lateral eyebrow thinning
- getting sick more frequently
- difficulty concentrating
- body aches and pains
If you are currently taking thyroid medication (Synthroid, Eltroxin), your blood levels are in an optimal range, but you still have thyroid symptoms we need to dig deeper into the cause. Thyroid medications like Synthroid, are quite simply thyroid hormone replacement, providing extra free T4 (thyroxine) to the body to make up for what your thyroid gland is not producing itself.
If you’re still feeling sluggish on thyroid medication, here are my top factors to investigate:
- Your dose of thyroid medication may be too low
An optimal range for TSH is between 0.8 – 2.5 mIU/L, and free T4 12-17 pmol/L. If your TSH is higher and your free T4 is lower than this, it means that your medication dosage is not yet optimal.