We frequently evaluate and alleviate thyroid conditions, even those that conventional endocrinologists (hormone doctors) deem incurable. The most common thyroid conditions that we treat include: autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease), hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism (Grave’s disease), each of which is described in detail below.
We have vast experience in helping patients with thyroid conditions, including:
- Autoimmune thyroiditis / Hashimoto’s Disease
- Hyperthyroidism / Grave’s Disease
- Subacute thyroiditis
- Post-surgical hypothyroidism.
As a PrimeHealth member, the thyroid testing that you will receive goes far deeper than that of a conventional primary care physician or endocrinologist. Typically, a doctor will test only your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and your Free T4 (FT4) levels, barely scratching the surface of your thyroid function and resulting symptoms.
At PrimeHealth, your comprehensive thyroid testing includes evaluation of TSH, FT4, total T4, total T3, free T3, reverse T3, anti-TPO antibody, anti-thyroglobulin antibody, thyroid binding globulin, and thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin. Thyroid function may be hindered by gut disturbances, infections, toxicity, and stress, each of which will be evaluated further with advanced testing to create your optimal protocol.
Autoimmune Thyroiditis (aka Hashimoto’s disease) is the most common thyroid condition and the one we treat most frequently. Autoimmune Thyroiditis is caused by inflammation in the thyroid gland (thyroiditis) as a result of the immune system attacking the thyroid. Currently, conventional endocrinologists (hormone doctors) abstain from intervention until the thyroid is damaged to the point where thyroid hormone production declines, a state called hypothyroidism. They then treat solely with supplemental thyroid hormone, a life-saving treatment for patients that need it.
Thankfully, it is clear that there are many ways that we can prevent (or at least slow down) thyroid gland destruction before it’s too late.
When our Practice Manager, Luke Schmidt, saw Dr. Rafatjah as a patient in 2016, she diagnosed him with Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s), a diagnosis missed by every doctor he had seen previously. If left untreated, he probably would have developed hypothyroidism in the future.
Not only did Dr. Rafatjah uncover his thyroid disease, but she was able to help him cure himself of it through simple lifestyle changes.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to sustain normal physiological function. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s disease). The usual conventional medical management of hypothyroidism includes a prescription for synthroid (levothyroxine, or T4). While some people do very well on this medication, it is evident that others do better with a medication containing both T4 (levothyroxine) and T3 (liothyronine). There are various ways to give T4 and T3 together. At PrimeHealth, we are dedicated to finding the exact combination of T4/T3 that your body needs to thrive. As our patient, each treatment option will be evaluated and chosen as it pertains to your particular case.
The other autoimmune thyroid condition that we work with is Grave’s Disease, or hyperthyroidism. In this case, there is autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid gland, causing the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. Gradually, this over-production and inflammation leads to destruction and subsequent hypothyroidism, or under-production of thyroid hormone. The standard of care in the conventional model involves giving thyroid hormone blocking medications, and either permanently destroying the thyroid gland using radioactive iodine, or surgically removing the thyroid gland. Thankfully, rather than using irreversible and drastic measures, we work with you to support your thyroid gland towards healthy function.