Thyroid & Fatigue

15 Million Americans Suffer from an Undiagnosed Thyroid Disorder or an Improperly Managed Thyroid Problem

Do You Have Chronic Fatigue Or Exhaustion, Insomnia, Sleep Problems Or Hair Loss? If so, you need to know why.

Have you been told your labs are normal only to continue to suffer with the same Thyroid symptoms?  Has your doctor suggested your symptoms are just in your head, or recommended an anti-depressant or other medication to handle your problems?

Did you know that EVERY cell in your body has receptor sites for Thyroid hormone?

Are you aware that the most common cause of Hypothyroidism is NOT a problem with your Thyroid gland but a problem with your Immune System?

The Thyroid gland has a direct impact on the body’s metabolism and metabolic function. Individuals that suffer from issues with this gland may suffer from several different health complications. These include but are not limited to: problems with weight, mood, energy levels, stomach problems, hair & skin dryness, anxiety, and depression.

Thyroid Dysfunction

Here are some common warning signs of Thyroid Dysfunction

  • Chronic, extreme fatigue and exhaustion
  • Increase in weight gain even with low calorie diet
  • Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
  • Depression
  • Insomnia or trouble sleeping
  • Overly sensitive to cold weather
  • Constipation
  • Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet
  • Muscle cramps while at rest
  • Catches colds and other viral/bacterial problems easily and has difficulty recovering
  • Wounds heal slowly
  • Itchy dry skin
  • Dry or brittle hair
  • Hair loss
  • Require excessive amount of sleep to function properly
  • Chronic digestive problems (hypochlorhydria)
  • Edema, especially facial (myxedema)
  • Loss of outside portion of eyebrows

How We Are Different

1. As Functional Medicine providers, we look to resolve the underlying causes of your health condition through proper testing and treatment of the problem. Testing may include the following areas:

  • Gut
  • Thyroid and Adrenals
  • Liver and billiary
  • Anemia
  • Sugar regulation
  • Autoimmune regulation
  • Sex Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Food Sensitivities

2.  Treatment can consist of dietary changes, lifestyle changes, supplements, nutraceuticals, prescriptive therapy, exercise, etc.

3.  Periodic re-testing lets us know we are on the right track.

3.  We look at all of your test results to find the causes of your problems. We do not just treat your symptoms.

4. We bring together all the pieces and treat the Whole Person.

Is your body asking for help?

Don’t ignore the signs.  Get help from a thyroid provider now.

  • Sign up below to receive a link to Dr. Morris’ Thyroid Recovery Workshop. Become educated about your health issues.
  • Call Magnolia Medical Center at (615) 953-9007 to make an appointment.
  • We will give you a thorough work up and complete lab thyroid testing.
  • We will review your blood test and develop a complete treatment plan that may include thyroid hormone therapy.

Contact us now at (615) 953-9007, or send us an email to request more information.

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— Rebecca W.

Getting Down to Specifics

Many individuals experience symptoms of thyroid disease and do not even realize that the symptoms they are having could indicate a potentially dangerous complication. The thyroid is a relatively small gland that is located in the lower region of the neck. Its sole responsibility is to secrete certain hormones throughout the body. There are two specific hormones that are released by this specific gland.

The first is known as “Thyroxine” or “T4″ and the second is known as “Triiodothyronine” or “T3″. The hormones that are released are responsible for delivering energy to the various cells in the body. There are many complications that may occur with the thyroid. The implications of the thyroid on the rest of your body are vast.

The thyroid directly supports the following systems:

  • Bone metabolism
  • Immune System
  • Brain/Nervous System
  • Endocrine System (adrenal glands, ovaries, testes)
  • Gastrointestinal function
  • Liver and gallbladder

  • Growth/Sex hormones
  • Healthy cholesterol levels
  • Proper stomach acid
  • Fat Burning
  • Insulin and Glucose Metabolism

How can you manage health without all the information?

Look at the causes of the problem…not just the symptoms.


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Thyroid Basics

The Hypothalamus sends a signal to pituitary gland which sends a signal to the Thyroid using TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone).  TSH causes the enzyme TPO (Thyroid Peroxidase) to stimulate the release of T4 and trace amounts of T3 from the Thyroid.  T4 is then transported to other parts of the body to be converted into T3 (gut, liver & peripheral tissues). T3 IS THE ACTIVE AND USABLE FORM OF THE HORMONE.

Thyroid “Cross Talk”

One system affects the other!
The thyroid relies upon other organs and systems just as these systems rely upon it. We call this “cross talk” between the systems. “Cross Talk” happens between the following systems:

  • Thyroid & Immune System
  • Thyroid & Gut
  • Thyroid & Brain
  • Thyroid & Endocrine System

Thyroid Hormone Conversion

In the liver 60% of T4 is converted to T3. Poor liver function will cause poor T4 to T3 conversion.  Twenty percent of T4 is sent to gut to be converted to T3. If you have poor gut health, it will cause poor conversion of T4 to T3. Also, 20% of T4 is sent to peripheral cells for conversion to T3.  A small percentage T4 goes to Reverse T3 when a person in under very high stress.  Reverse T3 is not an active form of the hormone.

A True Thyroid Functional Test

Are you aware that there are 11 lab markers to properly evaluate your thyroid yet almost all doctors only order two?

  • TSH (this is the lab value that is conventionally ordered)
  • Total T4 (Thyroxine)

But what about these tests?

  • FTI (Free
    Thyroxine Index)
  • FT4 (Free T4)
  • T3 Uptake
  • FT3 (Free T3)
  • Reverse T3
  • TPO and TG Antibodies
  • TSH Antibodies
  • Thyroid Binding Globulin Levels

The 6 Major Thyroid Patterns

Nutritional support if caught early can reverse these problems- we use proper testing and specialized nutritional compounds to do this!

  • Primary Hypothyroidism

    The thyroid gland gets lazy and the pituitary gland tries to “kick it in its pants” by pumping extra TSH.  This is the only pattern of the six that may need Thyroid hormone. (Hashimotos may need it too.)

  • Hypothyroidism is Secondary to Pituitary Hypofunction

    The pituitary gets “lazy” (low TSH below 1.8) for many reasons:

    • Chronic stress fatigues the gland
    • Hormone pills including Synthroid
    • Creams with Estrogen
    • Postpartum depression; pregnancy can fatigue the Pituitary Gland
    • Fluctuating insulin/glucose levels (Adrenal Gland Fatigue)
  • Thyroid Under-Conversion

    The gland is making enough T4 but there is a decrease in conversion from T4 to the active form T3 (low T3). Why? Chronic Adrenal Stress gives rise to increased cortisol.  This suppresses the conversion of T4 to T3. This condition is often missed because low T3 doesn’t affect TSH only T4 does and T3 is rarely checked for with the blood test.

  • Thyroid Over-Conversion and Decreased Thyroid Binding Globulin

    Too much active T3 is made and is overwhelming the cells or there is too little Thyroid Binding Globulin. This means too much free T3.  The No. 1 cause of this condition is insulin resistance especially in women. The cells are not “listening” to insulin so more insulin is secreted. This increases testosterone levels in females resulting in too much free T3 and too little Thyroid Binding Globulin.

  • Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG) Elevation

    Too much TBG in the blood and thus too little free T3. Why? Oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement therapy causes an increase in estrogen which leads to increases in TBG.

  • Thyroid Resistance

    Pituitary and Thyroid glands are fine and so are the hormone levels. However the hormones aren’t getting into the cells.  Chronic stress response stimulates the adrenal glands to produce too much cortisol which causes cells to be resistant to thyroid hormones.

Thyroid Dysfunction is a Sign of Metabolic Dysfunction

Proper Testing by a Thyroid Doctor is Crucial!

  • Complete Metabolic Profile
  • Complete thyroid profile, including thyroid antibodies
  • Vitamin D levels
  • Anemia
  • Kidney Function
  • Immune Panels
  • Checking for immune imbalance (TH1 vs TH2)
  • 24 hour cortisol levels
  • Food Sensitivity Testing (Gluten, Soy, Yeast, Egg)
  • Gut infections
  • Parasites
  • Yeast
  • Genetic Testing

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Grave's Disease - The Thyroid Problem that is NOT a Thyroid Problem

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Grave’s Disease are autoimmune disorders where your body is mistakenly attacking proteins and enzymes produced by the Thyroid.

These autoimmune disorders are commonly mistreated because they are treated as Thyroid Disorders or not treated at all.  Many patients tell us that their doctor wouldn’t even check for it because “there is nothing that can be done about it.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Once an an imbalance in your immune system is identified then the task becomes to get it back into balance.  In the case of Hashimoto’s or Grave’s Disease, we want to understand why your body began attacking your thyroid and resolve those issues.  If we are able to calm down this immune system response, then we can dramatically improve symptoms, including losing weight, addressing fatigue, overcoming depression among others.

You need proper testing to first find out the cause of your immune problem- then you can take care of it.

Why would your immune system do this?

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  • Dysregulation

    Immune system is imbalanced because of stressors to it.

    • Chronic inflammation
    • Bad blood sugar
    • Bad adrenal glands
    • Hormone imbalances
    • Neurological imbalances
  • Active Antigen

    Immune system is imbalanced due to an “invader” aka an antigen

    • Chronic infection (bacterial, viral, mold)
    • Parasite in gut
    • Gluten sensitivity
    • Environmental toxins
    • Undigested food
  • Triad of Hashimotos

    • Antibodies to TPO/TBG
    • Gluten Sensitivity
    • Antibodies to intrinsic factor which leads to lowered B12 which lead to pernicious anemia