The thyroid governs all the other hormones in the body. It manages whether the ovaries work and whether the testes work. So when the thyroid doesn’t do well, all the body’s functions fall and start developing problems.
So, let’s look at the types of fatigue. The type of fatigue that comes with low thyroid is overwhelming. It causes you to have brain fog, or you can’t think, and you can’t focus on words. I remember thinking about a certain word or trying to spell a particular word, and it just didn’t come out. Does this happen to you?
Making a list is almost impossible. It used to be you could have three or four items in your mind and remember them. Now those thoughts or that list is gone. You have to write them down, and now you can’t remember where you wrote them down. What about if you put your keys down somewhere, and they could be anywhere in the house. Forgetting and brain fog are very frustrating, and it causes comorbidities.
What is a Comorbidity?
For example, if you can’t remember things, you start developing anxiety or depression, especially if your memory has always been sharp. A comorbidity is a type of disorder that comes from a current problem or issue you have, like not remembering things. Anxiety is comorbidity, So you have anxiety because you can’t remember things. I have patients retire from work early, just because they couldn’t depend on their brain to remember. Is low thyroid causing you to be forgetful and have anxiety?
Think of it this way: if you ache, have muscle or joint weakness, hair loss, or you are cold or constipated all the time, your mental health is affected. When I do a diagram on the thyroid, I explain comorbidities this way.
Many people go to their doctors and let them know that they are really fatigued, and the doctor tells them that they are just depressed. Your doctor tries giving you several different antidepressants, but you don’t stay on the medication because it’s not really helping the fatigue, and you are not depressed.
There is a difference between the two depressions. One depression is neurological and comes from low levels of norepinephrine, serotonin, or dopamine. The next type of depression comes from low thyroid. It’s fatigue–based.
How do you determine the difference? Here is an example, if a person takes two shots of espresso or phentermine, or Adderall, or a stimulant of any kind, and if your energy and heart rate goes up, you need a stimulant to stay active. When the stimulant wears off, you are fatigued that you can’t get up off the couch, and then the depression and fatigue show up together.
Think of it this way; neurological depression is an imbalance in norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. These are neurotransmitters in the brain that create the mental balance we need to live our lives. Those with neurological depression don’t experience joy and happiness even when it’s appropriate. They have a flat affect response to all situations.
The other type of depression is fatigue-based depression or hormone depression. Antidepressants do nothing for hormone depression. You take your antidepressants, and you may feel a bit numb some of the time, but it doesn’t help the fatigue.
It is possible to take antidepressants for neurological depression and hormones to treat hormone-based fatigue. It’s possible, and it may help you. However, doctors usually prescribe antidepressants but no hormones. Determining hormone–based fatigue is what we do at Medical Weight Loss and Hormone Clinic.
For example, some patients in the beginning stages of pre-menopause or post–menopause will have been given antidepressants for hot flashes. WHAT? To me, that seems odd. One of the prescriptions given is Effexor which is very difficult to ween off, and the side effects are horrific. If you miss just one day, your world is dizzy, and you feel nauseous and on the verge of vomiting. Yet, that’s the general treatment OBs used for hot flashes. It would be better if they give their patients Estrogen. Oh, the wonderful effects of Estrogen; it’s amazing.
Why Don’t Doctor’s Prescribe Hormones?
In the U.S., you cannot patent a natural hormone. There is no big pharma out there trying to do double or triple–blind studies – they have to do those types of studies to get drugs approved by the FDA and get the drug studied in medical school (this is where big pharm makes their money). So, unless an individual doctor independently studies hormones, the patient won’t get the natural hormone.
There are plenty of studies out there with a list of benefits from natural hormones, but because they can’t be patented, doctors don’t get the information.
Doctors will prescribe a synthetic hormone, and synthetic hormones can be patented, which means pharmaceutical companies can make a lot of money on them. However, studies have proven that synthetic hormones cause cancer.
Finding the Answers
When I was the manager of a medical clinic, the doctor I worked for was given a book and received information from another doctor who was a conference facilitator. The book had information on the thyroid and hormones. However, my doctor did not believe in the book’s information and threw the book across the room. About five minutes later, I picked up the book and found it had information on everything I needed to solve my health issues.
The book discussed the thyroid, what is considered normal, how wide that range is, and all the information I needed. I took the book home and memorized everything in this book. The next year when the conference came up, I attended. It didn’t matter that I was the only non-medical person in the conference; I wanted answers. This book expanded my journey to finding health and determining why I was having problems with brain fog, weight gain, cold, all the time, and all the symptoms of low thyroid.
I continue to study and work for answers for my patients. This reason helped me establish Medical Weight Loss and Hormone Clinic in South Ogden.
At the clinic, you can discuss your issues and let us help you find the answers. It will change your life.