The #1 Most Common Mistake Doctors Make When Diagnosing Thyroid Problems

Thyroid problems are very common.

Especially in women.

And especially after pregnancy…

Or any other highly stressful event.

You may have classic low thyroid symptoms, and have asked your doctor about them, only to be told “Your thyroid is normal”.

Here is the problem:

Your doctor is probably using the ‘normal range’ that the lab recommends to evaluate your thyroid numbers.

It’s best to use the guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists.

  • They consider a TSH of 0.3-3.0 as normal.
  • A TSH above 2.0 is the start of a thyroid problem.
  • A TSH above 3.0 is considered low thyroid.

Basically, the higher your TSH number gets, the weaker your thyroid is getting.

A TSH above 2.0 should be further investigated with thyroid antibody testing—anti-thyroperoxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies and anti-thyroglobulin (anti-TG) antibodies.

These are simple blood tests. When antibodies are present, the case goes from a simple low thyroid to a more complicated immune system problem called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is still fixable.

(Thyroid antibodies are like chemical bullets that your body makes and aims straight at your thyroid, slowly destroying it.)

If thyroid problems run in your family…

Or if your medical doctor has a difficult time figuring out what dose of thyroid medication is right for you…

There is a strong possibility that you actually have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and not regular hypothyroidism.

What are the root, underlying causes of thyroid problems, including low thyroid (hypothyroidism) and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

  • nutrient deficiencies/insufficiencies,
  • cortisol imbalance,
  • blood sugar imbalance,
  • gluten sensitivity,
  • hidden food allergies and sensitivities,
  • sex hormone imbalances,
  • heavy metal toxicity, or
  • chronic infections.

As you can see, thyroid issues can be complicated but by consulting with a great Functional Medicine doctor you should be able to find and fix the root causes of your fatigue…create a healthier thyroid…and a healthier you!

Still have questions about your thyroid?

Thyroid problems can be very confusing. Finding the root causes of your thyroid problems requires thorough investigation from a doctor trained in Functional Medicine.

Lastly, for those who want the latest information from today’s leading thyroid experts I highly recommend investing in the Thyroid Online Summit and/or the Thyroid Sessions Online.


Dr. Carri Drzyzga, DC, ND – The Functional Medicine Doc

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