Adrenal Fatigue or Low Cortisol: Hydrocortisone (HC) Side Effects

Adrenal fatigue, adrenal insufficiency, adrenal dysfunction, or hypoadrenia is a common co-existing problem for those who’ve been hypothyroid for years.  Adrenal fatigue is the term most commonly used by patients, though the medical profession does not recognize it and it has no insurance billing code.  When thyroid levels are low, the adrenals (a small gland … Read more

Asthma, Eczema, Allergies, Hives, and Yellow #5 (Tartrazine)

Asthma, Eczema, Allergies, Hives, and Yellow #5 (Tartrazine)

My asthma, eczema, allergies, and hives have greatly decreased in severity since I’ve gotten to a more optimal dose of thyroid hormone, and eliminated yellow #5 food color from my diet.  I have Graves’ disease, which is an autoimmune thyroid condition, so by definition, my immune system is dysfunctional.  Insufficient thyroid hormone is a stress … Read more

Cancer, Depression, and Hair Loss Correlate with Low Thyroid Levels

Cancer, Depression, and Hair Loss Correlate with Low Thyroid Levels

Cancer, depression, asthma, hair loss, vertigo, high blood pressure, eczema, infertility, hives, paranoia, hypoglycemia, hearing loss, and high cholesterol can all be caused by low thyroid levels.  But the connection to the thyroid is often overlooked because Western medicine has separated each body system into a specialty, so a cardiologist is seen for heart problems, … Read more

High Altitude Sickness: Headache, Insomnia, and Hypothyroid?

High Altitude Sickness: Headache, Insomnia, and Hypothyroid?

High altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a cluster of symptoms that affect people who ascend too rapidly to higher elevations, usually above 8000 feet (2500 meters).  Many who plan a vacation to a high altitude ski area like Colorado end up with the typical symptoms of headache, insomnia, faster heart rate, and … Read more

Hyperthyroid Symptoms (Anxiety, Tachycardia), Hypothyroid Labs

Hyperthyroid Symptoms (Anxiety, Tachycardia), Hypothyroid Labs

Anxiety, high blood pressure, panic attacks, a fast heart rate, and hypoglycemia can actually be symptoms of low thyroid levels.  Thyroid lab results will show low levels of Free T3, Free T4, or both.  The anxiety, tachycardia (fast heart rate), and high blood pressure these people experience is not from being hyperthyroid or overmedicated, but … Read more

Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Gum Disease & Bad Teeth are not from Low TSH, but can be from Low (or High) Thyroid Levels

Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Gum Disease & Bad Teeth are not from Low TSH, but can be from Low (or High) Thyroid Levels

Thyroid’s effect on bones Osteoporosis, osteopenia, or bone loss can be caused by thyroid levels (Free T3 and Free T4) that are too high.  A low TSH is often found with high thyroid levels and can be diagnostic for hyperthyroidism.  It is for this reason that doctors are reluctant to prescribe enough thyroid hormone for … Read more