Patients, if they are 'lucky' enough to have a TSH reading of over 4, will be given prescriptions for T4 or Thyroxine, on the often wrong assumption that your body knows what to do with it!
The thyroid gland needs nourishing, every day, just like putting moisturiser on your face to stop it wrinkling, and yet it is a much neglected organ.
These are the supplements your thyroid primarily needs to function at optimal levels: iodine (unless you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease), selenium, B6, B12 as methylcobalamin as it is more easily absorbable, L-Tyrosine, zinc & copper (which balance each other), and folate, not folic acid, either as folinic acid or raw kale or raw spinach.
It is also possible to buy bovine, non-hormone, thyroid glandular supplements which also support the thyroid.
I started taking a supplement called NOW Thyroid Energy in April of this year with no great expectations, as no thyroid supplement had made a noticeable difference for me before.
I actually started to feel like I COULD be bothered to do things whereas, in spite of getting rid of candida, cleaning out gluten and other intolerances from my diet, getting rid of parasites, and using myself as a guinea pig to try all kinds of supplements to give myself some oomph, I still felt a little 'tired all the time'.
I always have far more faith in a product if I notice a difference myself and started recommending it to my patients, who would come back and ask for more as they felt better on it. Some, who had been on Thyroxine for over twenty years noticed a difference after only ten days!
I have now added Nutri's Thyroid to my regimen, which is a bovine glandular, and have improved further still.
I have had three thyroid tests over the past ten years, two at my doctor's practive and one paid for privately, and they all came back 'normal'. I have always had my doubts, but when taking a supplement designed to help my thyroid gland work properly, I start to have more energy, I am even more convinced that my thyroid has been struggling for years.
There is no point in having another TSH test because I am so much better than I was that I have no doubt I would be 'normal' again if they did find a high TSH level, the doctors would only give my Thyroxine, without the T3 triiodothyronine active hormone, and it wouldn't make any difference.
I hope this information might help someone out there manage their thyroid symptoms.