Thyroid Autoimmunity

"Appropriate treatment can lower your TPO and TgAB levels tremendously"

Signs and Symptoms

Lab values are often within a normal range and symptoms are commonly associated with other disorders making thyroid disease difficult to diagnose. Most common symptoms are weight gain, fatigue, hair loss or brittle hair, headaches, constipation, and emotional changes. These symptoms often appear gradually and increase in severity over time.


What is Thyroid Autoimmunity
 
Thyroid autoimmunity is a chronic disease in which the body interprets the thyroid glands and the hormones it produces T3, T4, and TSH as threats.  Therefore, producing antibodies that target the thyroid’s cells, destroying it. Often presenting with hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s) or hyperthyroidism (Graves’) with or without a goiter (abnormal enlargement of the thyroid).
TSH is produced in the brain by the pituitary gland and signals the thyroid to produce T4. T4 is later converted to the active hormone T3. T3 is utilized for energy production within cells throughout the body. TSH values reveal how the pituitary is functioning and communicating with the thyroid. T4 values tell us that thyroid is making T4 and has bioavailability to make T3. Without T3 values it’s very difficult to assess the function of the thyroid’s output of hormones. T3 uptake indicates the usage and efficiency of T3. Reverse T3 relays information back to the brain when the thyroid has made enough hormones.

Typically, when evaluating thyroid function only two values are obtained,  TSH and T4. At Revive Treatment Centers we fully evaluate the thyroid: TSH, T4, T4 free, T3, T3 free, T3 uptake, reverse T3, TPO, TgAb, and thyroglobulin. When looking at autoimmunity we place emphasis on TPO (thyroid peroxidase) and TgAB (thyroglobulin antibodies).  Both of these are measures of thyroid autoimmunity. When these values are out of range it is a sign that your immune system is attacking your thyroid. It’s important to know what antibodies a patient may have in order to properly treat thyroid disease.


Our Approach to Diagnostics and Testing

Our clinicians not only have an understanding of the brain but have extensive knowledge of the immune system. They understand how the immune system and brain interact. This understanding necessitates not only examining your immune health but to assess brain function as well. It is only when both of these systems are functioning optimally that the best results can occur.  
 
How We Evaluate Immune Health:
  • Genetic Testing
  • Food Sensitivity Testing to both cooked and uncooked foods
  • Inflammatory Marker Testing
  • Autoimmune Markers
  • Viral load Testing
 
How We Evaluate Brain Health
  • Neurological Physical Exam
  • VNG for Eye Movements
  • CAPS for Balance
 
The findings from assessments of immune and brain health will allow us to create a plan specific to you. It is common for your plan to include removal of foods creating inflammation as well as nutrition to support immune health. Brain-based treatments are built around establishing healthy communication of the brain and immune system.  


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