Depression resistant to medicines as well as bipolar disorder can be both because there is thyroid resistance in your brain. Our thyroid can actually affect any cell in our body.
Low thyroid causes several symptoms which can be various. Some of the cells don’t get sufficient amounts of the thyroid hormone and the other cells are full. This can cause a type of hypothyroidism called tissue-specific. Some people don’t have other symptoms except for the depression.
The tests performed at the laboratory can be normal and you’ll still suffer from an underactive thyroid gland. Here is a full list of the 69 of the most common symptoms that can show hypothyroidism:
1. Swollen eyelids
3. Slow speech
4. Dry mucous membranes
5. Dry skin
6. Low endurance
7. Choking sensation
9. Fine hair
11. Emotional instability
12. Hair loss
13. Blue skin
14. Slow thinking
15. Dry skin which is thick and with scales
16. Weight loss
17. Dry hair that is brittle and coarse
18. Weight gain
19. Pale skin
20. Swelling of face
21. Paleness of lips
22. Wasting of tongue
23. Poor concentration
24. Poor memory
25. Low libido
26. Dry ridges which appear down your nails
27. Joint pain
28. Cold skin
31. Muscle pain
33. Heavy menstrual bleeding
34. Sparse eyebrows
35. Painful menstruation
36. Thick tongue
37. Vague body with various pains and aches
38. Low motivation
39. Sensation of cold
40. Restless sleeping
41. One or both of the eyeballs are protruded
43. Prolonged menstrual bleeding
45. Obsessive thinking
46. Fast heart beating
47. Pounding heart beat
48. Heat intolerance
50. Decreased sweating
51. Swollen ankles
52. Loss of appetite
53. Poor vision
55. Puffy skin
56. Slow thinking
59. Slow speech
60. Puffy face or eyelids
62. Easy emotional upset
63. Pain at front of chest
64. Slow pulse rate
65. Brittle or thin nails
66. Numbness or tingling
67. Hearing loss
68. Difficulty in swallowing
In case you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, you should ask yourself some of these questions:
- Do I exercise too much regularly, for example every week?
- Do I use some medications which decrease my metabolism, like for example muscle relaxers, beta blockers or narcotics?
- Do I sleep well? (7 or 8 hours each night)
- Do I consume too much caffeine, sugar or artificial sweeteners?
- Do I eat whole foods, fruits and vegetables?
- Do I do anything to reduce the stress I’m exposed to every day?
If your answer is NO for any of these questions, do something! You should change your lifestyle, but also take some other steps.
Make sure you don’t use any of the bad recommendations that many doctors will tell you:
Your doctor should perform these tests on you:
TSH > 2 – signifies that you are hypothyroid
TSH <2 – your thyroid isn’t normal
Free t3 – This should go in the upper 1/3 of the reference range considered to be normal
Free t4 – This should go in the upper 1/3 of the reference range considered to be normal
Reverse t3 – This should be at least < 15
Free t3 to reverse t3 ratio – This should be > 0.2
Thyroid antibodies (thyroid peroxidase antibodies and thyroglobulin antibodies)
Sex hormone binding globulin – This should be > 30 in men and > 70 in women
It’s bad for doctors to use the ranges given to them by their lab. There are also patients who are over 70 or 80 years of age and still don’t have any detected thyroid problems. The optimal and normal ranges are very different. The ones we presented to you above are thought to be the optimal.
If you aren’t in the range considered to be normal, it certainly means that you have some problems with your thyroid. In case you have any of the symptoms, make sure you check your thyroid.
Here’s an example:
A patient is resistant towards the thyroid hormone if you calculate the free t3/reverse t3 ratio. In this patient, it was 3.5/18.8 = 0.18.
The patient had pre-diabetes as well as some signs of hypothyroidism. The patient had a great reaction to T3 thyroid hormone otherwise called liothyronine. The weight loss was increased and the blood sugar was decreased.
What if you experience some symptoms, but you’re using a thyroid medication?
This means that you’re using the wrong medicine.
Patients need to take these average doses of medicines for their thyroid so that they can be free of any symptom:
Liothyronine or Cytomel (pure T3) – 75-125 mcg a day
Synthroid (only T4)- 200-400 mcg a day
Armour thyroid (T3 and T4 combined)- 2-4 grains a day (120-240mg)
In case of symptoms like constipation, fatigue, cold intolerance, etc., make sure you increase your dose.
Check your T3 levels if this isn’t helpful. If your free T3 to reverse T3 ratio is < 0.2 or they are > 15, you probably have thyroid resistance. Stop using T4 therapy and start with T3 therapy.
In cases of insulin resistance, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, increased inflammation, bipolar resistance or weight loss resistance, you probably have thyroid resistance.
In case your doctor doesn’t want to listen to you, find a new one!