The diagnostic terms "hypothyroid" and "hyperthyroid" are polar opposites. These diagnoses are not made unless distinct out-of-lab-range values appear in your thyroid testing. There is no official diagnostic term called "exhausted thyroid," yet, there is a time period when your thyroid function can be up and down, hypo and hyper, in a "bi-polar" fashion, on back-to-back tests.
During this time period (3 years is the usual minimum) your thyroid testing may show TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), going up and down on successive tests, but TSH may still appear "within normal range" — nothing diagnosable as hypothyroid or hyperthyroid. With all this up and down thyroid activity you might become exhausted, but you enter into an undiagnosable limbo of nothingness; "thyroid limbo" if you will. You may even get an overly simplified misdiagnosis which excludes your thyroid, because your TSH results did not go outside of the wide lab ranges, spelling-out a simple diagnostic term, like hypothyroid or hyperthyroid.
Thyroid limbo is your destiny when your thyroid dysfunction (definitely related to your symptoms) is overlooked by your current, well-meaning, but clueless doctors. Your current doctor refuses to order any other thyroid tests (like thyroid antibodies) because your TSH test result is not yet out of lab range. The doctor doesn't care about other thyroid markers (the 7 other necessary thyroid tests in a full thyroid panel) because they don't change his/her only thyroid treatment, which would be a thyroid replacement hormone (T4, aka: thyroxine). If you are already taking thyroxine, the doctor won't see the value in additional thyroid tests either, since you are already on the treatment and the tests don't change the treatment. Additionally, if another doctor prescribed the medicine you will find-out that most medical doctors will not investigate or change another doctor's prescription. What a limited viewpoint!
When your thyroid tests still show "TSH" within its "normal" wide lab range (labeled as "euthyroid"), your condition is not treatable by chemical medicines. Your condition is not a pharmaceutical case. Exogenous hormones are not the answer. Hormone replacement drugs are not the answer. You can NOT use exogenous thyroid hormones when you are NOT hypothyroid. Any doctor who prescribes thyroid hormones for you when you are not hypothyroid is an idiot. When you are clearly not hypothyroid, but your symptoms are all about your thyroid dysfunction, your condition is a clinical nutrition case, and you need the help of a functional doctor / clinical nutritionist, not a doctor who would prescribe the wrong treatment.
Routine, limited thyroid tests miss the important details. Your test result gets lost in an overly wide TSH laboratory range that means nothing, gets misunderstood, and leads to a "psych" misdiagnosis. 1 The tests won't correlate your up-and-down feelings with thyroid dysfunction.
Without a functional medicine doctor's interpretation of your test results, your lab tests will most likely get overlooked. Sub optimal thyroid function (not hypothyroid and not treatable by exogenous hormones) goes undetected by the routine tests you've already had. Three years from onset your level of health would deteriorate so much that it would finally show-up as "out of lab range." They're wasting your time. You are obviously not well now, but they keep telling you "you're fine" and "it's not your thyroid" (watch the short video above).Your Imminent
The problem with a new psychological or psychiatric label for your condition, is the dangerous medical assumption that your problem is coming from your mind, or brain. This is a misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, to complicate the issue, once you are given such a diagnostic label, you and the people who care about you are likely to truly believe that your problem really is coming from your mind or your brain, based solely on that opinion. Nobody even thinks that "depression," or "bipolar" can be a misdiagnosis. So, likewise, you end up with one person's "diagnostic" opinion, and one life potentially destroyed by mind-altering drugs like antidepressants, anxiolytics, bipolar meds, etc. That is not a viable answer!
Holistic doctor in Los Angeles: we will be willing to challenge the flawed notion that your problems are "all in your head," As your holistic doctor, we investigate your condition, including physical testing which doesn't depend on blood tests, or a misguided "diagnostic opinion." We use physical testing in addition to extensive history-taking (listening to you) and sufficient lab testing, to reveal the potential true origins of your symptoms. The physical evaluation and the lab tests support each other. Our process of discovery gives the best big picture of what to recommend.
Your first challenge is to pull away from the entrenched, misguided, destructive and very convincing labels of mental disorders that were given to you. I understand that you still believe there might be some truth to the erroneous labels you have been given, but with our guidance and direction you can get out of thyroid limbo. Then, you will finally realize and know that you are not a psychiatric case after all.
Do you really want to keep experiencing ADD, anxiety, depression, fatigue, feeling cold all the time, digestive system problems, IBS (irritable bowel), or your hair falling out? Do you think there will be a magic medical solution for you once your health declines to that level where your "thyroid doctor" finally gives you hormonal drug treatment? Stop waiting. This is your wake-up call. Come get a detailed evaluation to protect yourself from the crazy psychiatric misdiagnoses.