A Case Study Of Hypothyroidism – Part 1 of 2

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Dr Maupin’s Approach to Diagnosing and Effectively Treating Hypothyroidism

This week Brett Newcomb and Dr. Maupin present a case study on Hypothyroidism. This individual is a composite of a couple of clients who contacted Dr. Maupin over the internet. They were not patients, but were interested to see if she could help them. We have blended their data so that it would be unrecognizable as a single individual. But the symptoms and lab data determinations are real, and the case is one that Dr. Maupin was able to successfully treat. Our discussion will show you how this was done.

In this portion of the discussion, we will present the lab values and the symptom presentations of the patient. Dr. Maupin will share with us her thinking as she attempts to solve this medical mystery and help the patient recover her health.

As you will see the symptoms of hormone deficiencies often overlap or are similar. This is one reason we cannot make decisions by lab data alone. Listen and see how Dr. Maupin processes the information and makes the correct determination for treatment strategies and dosages.

Jan H. is a 45 year old irregularly cycling white female.  After reading my website at BioBalancehealth.com she called my office and had her blood drawn for her first office visit ( 17 blood tests) with me, which  included a thyroid panel, free testosterone level, Estradiol and Estrone, IGF-1 (growth hormone) and many other blood tests for health, and hormonal balance.  Her Medical History questionnaire  included the following complaints:

  • Depression
  • Loss of libido
  • Weight gain in her belly
  • Difficulty recalling words
  • Loss of muscle mass with weight bearing exercise
  • Irregular menses with very heavy periods
  • Hair loss all over her head
  • Cold all the time no matter what temperature the room was
  • Constipation
  • Severe fatigue
  • Some hot flashes
  • Dry skin- “looks like scales”

She had symptoms of both low free testosterone as well as low thyroid. Low testosterone symptoms crossed over with the low thyroid symptoms:

Low testosterone were:Depression

  • Loss of libido
  • Weight gain in her belly
  • Difficulty recalling words
  • Loss of muscle mass with weight bearing exercise
  • Severe fatigue
  • Some hot flashes

 

Low thyroid symptoms were:

  • Depression
  • Weight gain in her belly
  • Hair loss all over her head
  • Irregular menses with heavy periods
  • Cold all the time
  • Constipation
  • Severe fatigue
  • Dry skin that looks like scales

 

Symptoms of both deficiencies include:

  • Depression
  • Weight gain in the abdomen
  • Severe fatigue

Be sure to listen to the next episode of our Healthcast to follow the remainder of the discussion as Dr. Maupin presents the strategies she uses for problem solving and the development of treatment strategies that will help her patients become healthy and stay healthy as they age.

This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com.