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Hypothyroidism or thyroid hypofunction(√ŤÔÓÚŤūŚÓÁ)


About thyroid disease

Hypothyroidism Ė this is not a disease, but organismís condition with a low hormonal thyroid level, which is evidence of functional insufficiency of this endocrine organ or pathologic processes, influencing the hormonal exchange. The hypothyroidism signs (clinically revealed, marked hypothyroidism) defined only ďexternallyĒ, are estimated as disease. First it was described in 1873, and the term ďmyxedemaĒ (mucous dermal edema), applied with respect to heavy hypothyroidism forms, has been widely used since 1878.

Hypothyroidism development

There are several ways of hypothyroidism development:

  • Alteration (damaging). Direct damage of the thyroid tissue from the part of immune system is possible (is considered as more often). Injuries, ray, medical, temperature, parasitic and the other harmful impacts on the organ are probable.
    Treatment of the alteration hypothyroidism depends on damaging peculiarities.
  • Operational (surgical). Ablation of the crucially important thyroid gland part leads to the surgically provoked load on this organ, and to the further hormonal deficiency.
    In case of operational hypothyroidism you should obligatory constantly (during all your period of life) take medications, containing hormones.
  • Iodine-deficient. Insufficient iodine supply into the organism doesnít allow the normally functioning thyroid gland to make a necessary hormonal quantity, as iodine is a part of chemical formula of hormones (T3 and T4).
    Introduction of necessary iodine Ė is the main direction in the iodine-deficient hypothyroidism.
  • Hypophysis/hypothalamus diseases. Damage or functional insufficiency of structures, controlling the thyroid activity (hypophysis and hypothalamus) is capable to modify its condition (to reduce its functional activity). This is a secondary hypothyroidism.
    Complex treatment.

Internal organsí diseases as well as residence in the region with a preferably cool climate rather often promote hypothyroidism development. As energetic exchange regulation (in different cells and organs), also named as calorie-gene (this is that part of metabolism, which is related to the kilocaloriesí sphere, received by organism from food products and its own resources, and used by organsí cells for its needs) is the main thyroid function, there is an increasing need in the thyroid gland hormones at the internal organsí diseases as well as at the conditions with the energetic insufficiency.

Originally, the increased load on hormonal making is compensated and isnít revealed by changes in the thyroid gland or any other signs. Later, to fulfill tasks on hormonal making, its tissue is transformed in the gland and general or local folliclesí increase develops, thus having formed diffuse or nodular goiter.

As a rule, euthyroid condition is revealed among patients with these changes, i.e. normal hormonal quantity. Reduction of the thyroid hormonal level in combination with additional signs may be evidence of transition to the sub-compensational condition (i.e. greater deficiency of the thyroid functional opportunities). At that, increase of the hypophysis hormonal quantity (thyrotropic hormone - TSH) is natural, as it controls the thyroid activity. TSH-level become normal at the glandís activity renewal. Such condition (normal T4-level (thyroid gland hormone) and high TSH) is called by doctors as subclinical hypothyroidism, meaning that organism also copes with load and there is no hypothyroidism, i.e. the low thyroid hormonal level. In case the T4 is lower than normal level, and TSH is higher than this norm, doctors speak about manifested (revealed) hypothyroidism. This is really genuine hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism diagnostics

The TSH-hormonal level and thyroid hormones (in particular T4 free) are being studied at the hypothyroidism. The development history (anamnesis) is being estimated, palpation thyroid† investigation is carried out, blood test on definite antibodies (immune organism system interest is defined by it) is being conducted. Visual assessment of changes taken place in the thyroid gland, is a component part of the modern diagnostics. Radio-nuclide scanning (defines level of the thyroid tissue saturation by the radio-active iodine), ultrasonography (US), computer tomography (CT) and magnetic-reverberatory tomography (MRT) are used with this aim. Each of these methods has an appropriate degree of the diagnosticsí resultsí reliability.

On the whole, the described methods are directed preferably on the thyroid gland. But all the other tissues and organs also suffer at the hypothyroidism. That is why diagnosticsí amplitude should be bigger and individual.

Example of recovery

Patient, a woman, 37 years old, complaints on fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, asthenia and hyperhidrosis after food intake, hair falling out, increased irritationÖ

Non-drug treatment was used only!
Blood tests Comment
Before treatment

Blood testís results before treatment

High TSH-level(hypophysis hormone, stimulating the thyroid activity) takes attention, and it is evidence of the hypothyroidism.

Normal T4-free-level.
points out on the conditionís compensation.

Titreís increase of antibodies (AT-TG, AT-TPO) reflects active involving of the immune system in the disease process, and may present autoimmune disturbances.

After the 1st course (in 2 months)

Blood testís results after the 1st course

TSH-level is renewed!
Expressed tendency to the antibodiesí decrease is defined (on 33 per cent)!

Conducting of the 2nd treatment course is recommended.
After the 2nd course (in 3 months)

Blood testís results after the 2nd course

Further renewal of the glandís and TSH-level condition.

Antibodiesí level continues decreasing.

Health was considerably improved.

Control checkup in 2-3 months is recommended.

Hypothyroidism treatment

Hypothyroidism treatment depends on many circumstances.

Substitutive therapy serves by the leading and evidently single academic base during the treatment at the hypothyroidism. It means, that at the hormonal deficiency they are introduced from outside in the ready form. In each case a medicationís doze is individually selected, and a patient uses hormonal pills daily. Depending on reasons, having promoted to the hypothyroidism and organismís condition, patient is prescribed to take medications either in several months, or in several years, or for life.
As reasons of the hypothyroidism development are not eliminated during such treatment, medicationsí reception with time becomes forced during all the further period of life. This is more often convenient treatment method for a doctor. Substitutive therapy is proved by the Ministry of Health, and that is why legislatively takes off from a doctor responsibility for the further destiny of a patient.

In case of iodine deficiency, it is prescribed in adequate dozes and appropriate medicinal form. You should carefully refer to iodine self-treatment because of opportunity to do much harm to yourselves. It is connected to the fact that the iodine activity may be negatively reflected on the functional thyroid intension, and to cause its conditionís worsening.

Hypothyroidism treatment by doctor ņ.V.Ushakov

Hypothyroidism treatment is carried out on an outpatient basis (a patient visits procedures).

  1. Developed and practically tested treatment method at the functional thyroid intension (A.V. Ushakov, 2002) includes complex of the main recovery directions:
    • elimination or reduction of the harmful factorsí influence,
    • correction of the energetic (calorie-gene) condition,
    • renewal of the harmonious balance in interrelations between internal organs,
    • condition renewal of important regulatory nervous centers (brain, marrow, vegetative nervous system etc.),
    • fulfillment of compensatory opportunities (internal organismís sphere),
    • immune-modulator influence,
    • functional thyroid gland maintenance.
  2. With this aim a complex of medical measures is individually prescribed:
    • auriculotherapy according to the authorís system (A.V. Ushakov, 2002),
    • phytotherapy (herbal prescription),
    • physiotherapy procedures,
    • immune-modulator medications (natural; without side effect),
    • recommendations on food correction, on some habits, and on the other factors, influencing the pathology.

Advice at the hypothyroidism

To get advice, you should present information, as follows:

  • about state of health (to describe in any words disease manifestations) for the recent period of time (a week, month, half-year, year),
  • US results of the thyroid gland (the recent ones, and the earlier according to the date),
  • blood tests (general analysis, thyroid glandís hormonal analysis, TH, etc.),
  • results of the operations, being made, their volume (epicrisis),
  • treatment having been applied and applying at the moment,
  • internal organsí examination results (if any exist).

The additional data will assist:

  • age, weight, growth,
  • temperature preferences (if you like cooler or warmer temperatures); i.e. if you have or not chill of footsteps etc.),
  • place of birth or residence (for orientation according to the middle-seasonal temperatures, iodine saturation of the region),
  • taste preferences (if you like salted, pungent, bitter, sweet, sour food),
  • arterial pressure adherent for you (what it was before, and what you have at the moment),
  • if you often have catarrhal diseases during a year (including slight cold and if you donít lay in the bed),
  • what was your diseases (special attention to lungs, digestive tract, cardiovascular system condition),
  • for women: menstrual cycle (rhythm, duration, abundancy, morbidity) and gynaecological sphere,
  • for men: potency level.

Apply to Doctor A.V. Ushakov
tel.+7 (495) 346-2038
Initial advice. Answers to questions.

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