I see hypothyroid patients every clinic shift. It should not be unsuspected.
Hypothyroidism is rampant.
I thought colds, diarrhea, coughs were supposed to be quite common in a day's work at clinic.
Seems my perception of what a doc sees day in and day out is changing.
Being hypothyroid is not as simple as just taking Synthroid or Armour thyroid. There is a cause behind it.
As a naturopathic clinician, we are supposed to determine the cause yet I am finding that half of my supervisors simply fall into to prescribing pills for it without looking for a true cause.
Yes they look for antibodies against the thyroid and yes they discover hypothyroidism much better than many other physicians. Yet they are falling into the prescribe mode too quickly.
For example - today, I saw a young woman, 31 yo, about 11 months post-partum with Hashimoto's disease. This means that she is a fairly new mom with an 11 month old and has antibodies attacking her own thyroid - an autoimmune in...