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How To Heal A Troubled Thyroid

Here at Clymer Healing Center, we’ve specialized in the assessment and treatment of Adrenal Fatigue since 1969. We’ve helped over 12,000+ patients to regain their energy and vitality. Over 30% our patients come to us with thyroid disorders.

The aim of this article is to give you an in-depth knowledge of the thyroid-adrenal connection.

If you don’t have time to read this article and just want to reach out to us for help, then you can get in contact by completing this short form.

The thyroid and adrenal glands are intimately connected. Quite often, well-meaning doctors treat thyroid disorders before identifying or addressing the ever-present underlying Adrenal Fatigue.

Before you jump into medicating yourself, it’s important to have an understanding of how your thyroid disorder is affected by Adrenal Dysfunction.

Patients with Adrenal Fatigue are a cut above the rest. By way of more than 300,000 patient interactions, we at Clymer have learned a great deal about our patients. They are conscientious, “Type-A” personalities, caring folks, possessing above-average intelligence.

In addition to those traits, my patients have educated themselves about their health challenges.

If you’ve found this page, I bet you are one of them. Once your GP or endocrinologist diagnosed you with a thyroid disorder, you were probably searching the net the very next hour for all the whats and wherefores.

#1 My personal journey with Adrenal Fatigue

I have endured my own personal battle with Adrenal Fatigue.

I’ve been there, and it’s what brought me here. Like all of my patients, first and foremost, I was exhausted. I could barely keep up with my studies. Certainly, the weekend passed without any social interaction—I spent it sleeping. My body hurt. I was always sick. My digestion was a mess.

It was only by chance that I discovered my symptoms were the results of something bigger. While I was studying Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, I happened upon a book, Chronic Fatigue Unmasked, by Dr. Gerald Poesnecker, and it opened my eyes.

All my symptoms were there: profound fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, chronic illness. The list went on.

To me, one of the most exciting areas of my studies was the effect of the adrenal hormones on thyroid function. I already had an intensely personal interest in the study of Adrenal Fatigue, but its tie to the working of the endocrine system was fascinating to me.

After graduation, I made my way to Clymer Healing Center to perform my residency with the founder in the field of Adrenal Fatigue, Dr. Gerald Poesnecker. He became my mentor. After his passing, I refined and built upon Dr. Poesnecker’s proven methods for assessing and treating Adrenal Fatigue.

In the video at the bottom of this page, I share my journey with Adrenal Fatigue.

#2 Can you relate?

Many people speak to their GPs or even specialists, such as endocrinologists, about their suspected thyroid dysfunction.

They could be experiencing any one or combination of the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Constipation
  • Swelling
  • Frequent bruising
  • Depression

Are you scratching your head wondering why you have all the symptoms of a thyroid disorder but your lab work always appears normal?

Perhaps, if you’re on thyroid medication for hypothyroidism, your gut may be telling you that shouldn’t be.

You’re gaining weight even when you’re eating all “the right things?”

These are complaints in common with most of my adrenal-thyroid patients.

#3 What is the thyroid-adrenal connection?

The thyroid is well-accepted as being the engine of the body, driving your energy and metabolism.

The adrenals are your oil and gas.

When the body realizes that the oil and gas (the adrenals) are running low, it slows the engine (the thyroid) so that it doesn’t burn out.

The suppression of your thyroid function due to chronic stress and Adrenal Dysfunction is an effort of the body to slow down. This is a deliberate suppression.

The result of this slowdown leads to the many familiar symptoms of low thyroid or hypothyroidism such as:

  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Poor reflexes
  • Depression

Some symptoms of thyroid dysfunction are less well known:

  • Development of thyroid nodules
  • Autoimmune thyroid problems (including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave’s disease)
  • Goiter or swelling of the thyroid
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Weakened immune system

Most of all, a suppressed or under-active thyroid leads to decreased energy levels; it causes both central and peripheral fatigue.

Thyroid dysfunction makes us tired. We gain weight. It slows our bowels, our brain, our reflexes, among other things.

Cranking up your engine with hypothyroid medication, like so many doctors will, without first addressing the low oil and gas is never a good idea. You may see temporary improvement until you burn through the rest of the oil and gas (adrenals), but you will soon completely burn out the engine (thyroid).

In short, address the Adrenal Fatigue, and then address the thyroid disorder.

#4 Does your bucket runneth over?

I use a metaphor to help my patients understand Adrenal Fatigue.

Our genetic capacity for stress is developed at conception and shaped throughout life, half from mom, half from dad. In utero, our adrenals get an idea of how stressful the outside world is through a shared circulation between mom and baby.

We are all born into the world with a certain size bucket of tolerance for stress, any stress.

We only have one bucket to hold all kinds of stress. There is no separation of various stressors from one another.

Whether it be an injury, a chemical toxin, an annoying text message from your brother, or fear of debt, all stressors go into the same bucket, though some may be weighted more than others.

Our bucket holds everything! Until it can’t.

By design, this bucket was meant for extreme, acute stressors, such as a plague, famine, or a predator. If a tiger were to lunge at you, your bucket would immediately and completely fill with “stress.”

If you lived through the experience with the tiger, then your bucket would empty again and be ready for the next time.

The problem with living in our present society is that we now use our stress response bucket quite differently from its designed purpose.

Chronic, low-level stress comprises our world. We no longer have to fear for our safety from predators, no longer have to worry about starvation (most of us at least), and no longer deal with deadly plagues. However, we do fill our bucket with multiple chronic, perpetual stressors.

The list of chronic stressors is long and ever-changing, and you likely know your list better than I do. We are bombarded by so much constant stress these days that we don’t think twice about it, just as you wouldn’t notice a watch on your wrist after only a few minutes of wearing it.

When you remain in this stress response too often—whether your mortgage is past due or you’ve got some tigers in your neighborhood that I don’t know about—your body compensates. But when it compensates for too long, this over-activates the organs of stress and shuts down the organs of relaxation (such as those in your immune system and digestive systems and those of reproductive and thyroid function).

This is Adrenal Fatigue.

#5 Fighting tigers…and losing the battle

While the body is busy “fighting tigers” and suppressing energy metabolism, the chronic stress physiology suppresses the rest-and-digest organs, including but not limited to digestion, the immune system, the reproductive system, and the thyroid function.

This makes sense, physiologically speaking. If you were running from a tiger, you wouldn’t want an ounce of your energy going anywhere else.

When the body is in a chronic stress response (aka fight-or-flight or sympathetic overdrive), multiple physiologic effects occur.

  1. An over-utilization of fuel and nutrients
  2. An overproduction of free radicals leading to oxidative stress
  3. Dysregulated sugar and energy metabolism (mitochondrial function)
  4. Neurotransmitter dysregulation
  5. Decreased blood flow to the brain and peripheral muscles

All of these physiological breakdowns due to Adrenal Fatigue lead to system dysfunction, particularly to that of your thyroid.

When the body is in a stress response, or a state of HPA axis over-stimulation, which happens in the earlier stages of Adrenal Fatigue, the body releases excess cortisol and adrenaline.

Cortisol and adrenaline suppress thyroid hormone production at every level possible in the body. The thyroid hormone is then suppressed at the hypothalamus (TRH), at the pituitary (TSH), and at the level of the thyroid: decreased T4 and T3 production. Stress hormones suppress the conversion of T4 to T3 (less active to more active hormone).

Stress hormones decrease the receptivity of the individual cells to thyroid hormone. And just in case that wasn’t enough of a shutdown, stress hormones trigger the release of an inactive form of thyroid hormone (called reverse T3).

Reverse T3 binds up any remaining thyroid receptors; if there were any functional thyroid hormone left, it is blocked from getting to the cell receptor, thus triggering a response. It’s a quite concerted, comprehensive, and rather elegant effort to slow the thyroid.

#6 The hard truth about Hashimoto’s

The connection between the adrenals and the thyroid is quite well established, although not well known (though this is improving). I have never had a patient with autoimmune disease of any kind—doubly so for autoimmune thyroid disease—who did not have underlying Adrenal Fatigue at the root.

The Adrenal Dysfunction causes a suppression of thyroid hormone production on many levels and a suppression and shift in the immune system. This combination invariably adds up to autoimmune thyroid disease, most commonly Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis will never heal unless the underlying Adrenal Dysfunction is healed.

While thyroid hormone support here is often necessary, there is more to healing. The deeper conditions that created the Hashimoto’s in the first place must be addressed. We must pay some attention to the imbalanced immune system, as well as the underlying Adrenal Fatigue.

Balance the immune and adrenal functions, and you have a chance of getting away from a life of taking a fixed dose of thyroid hormone. You’ll regain the dynamic responsiveness of your entire endocrine system, which is essential to good health and well-being.

#7 Why there’s no such thing as normal

Often, my patients show me “normal” thyroid panels.

It’s relatively common for my new patients to plop down binders and folders full of entirely “normal” test results on my desk from some of the most exclusive “world famous” clinics in the country.

Doctors are supposed to have an intimate knowledge of the body’s physiology. However, this symptomatic treatment of thyroid disorders is troublesome.

  • You end up on a specialist merry-go-round.
  • You never get to the root cause.
  • You’re left to suffer from an underlying condition that’s only getting worse.

Historically, the testing for thyroid function has been lacking. Reference ranges seem to be almost subjective these days.  There is some reading between the lines.

For instance, the accepted normal ranges for TSH have changed over the years. Many doctors practicing integrative and holistic medicine, myself included, look for an optimal range of TSH to be between 1-2. I have found that the closer the TSH is to 1.0, the better people feel. In practice, however, we can not only look at the TSH as a marker for improvement.

Ultimately, we can still use these blood tests to assess thyroid function; we just have to read between the lines:

  • TSH
  • Free T4
  • Free T 3
  • Anti-TPO Ab
  • Anti-Thyroglobulin Ab

And should your blood work or testing land in the normal range—or close to it—conventional doctors will chase your symptoms. While they’re busy putting Band-Aids on your symptoms, the root of the dysfunction is creeping into disease.

#8 Why confused GPs get their glands mixed up

I’ve come to the point where I assume no one has a grasp of Adrenal Fatigue and its myriad effects on bodily systems. I’m occasionally and pleasantly surprised when someone does or even tries.

When it comes to the thyroid-adrenal connection, the obvious question is, “Why would the body so purposefully and effectively block the effects of thyroid hormone just because a person is in a stress response?”

My conclusion is that there must be a protective effect of the suppression of thyroid function in times of stress. This is how I came up with the engine/oil/gas analogy.

When the body is in a stress response, there is an overuse of resources (including the oil and gas of the adrenals). This happens because the body is perpetually running from a proverbial tiger. As such, the body knows that if the engine (thyroid) keeps running at full-tilt, it will deplete its resource of oil and gas (adrenals).

To conserve resources, the body slows the engine to deal with the stress, and the body shifts out of a stress response. The levels of stress hormones diminish, thus slowing the engine until the oil and gas supply can recover. Makes sense, right?

But what if the stress response never shuts off? What if we are under chronic, perpetual stress over time? Great question, and this is the key problem: The thyroid—your “engine”—is chronically slowed, and you develop symptoms problematic enough that you go to the doctor.

The underlying cause of the problem, the Adrenal Fatigue, is poorly understood, unrecognized, and certainly underappreciated. This leads well-meaning doctors to discover and then treat the thyroid disorder only. Patients may feel temporarily better, but it makes things worse over the long term.

I have seen this same story play out so many times over the years that I have grown increasingly frustrated with the current medical system. Well-meaning doctors, both conventional and alternative, make this crucial mistake every day, and that makes their unsuspecting, trusting patients worse.

I now consider it as bordering on malpractice to address a person’s thyroid dysfunction without first assessing and treating their adrenal glands.

#9 Healing a troubled thyroid

  • If you suspect thyroid problems, assess the adrenals properly.
  • Get appropriate preliminary testing for thyroid function.
  • Treat the Adrenal Fatigue FIRST for a minimum of 3-6 months.

The most important treatment for adrenal-thyroid dysfunction is healing from the ground up.

That means:

  • Not chasing symptoms without identifying their root causes.
  • Reviewing testing with a more discerning eye, an eye towards trends and dysfunction.
  • Paying close attention to the subtle changes in blood work.
  • Understanding that, if left unchecked, dysfunction will lead to full-fledged disease…and treating it before it does.
  • Controlling your symptoms while focusing on healing the dysfunction at its root.
  • Identifying and treating disease, but also looking for trends of dysfunction (pre-disease, if you will).

By managing and healing the Adrenal Fatigue, any other treatment that you may be utilizing for your condition will have a stronger effect and be much more beneficial.

Remember, though the thyroid is compromised, the primary underlying cause of the thyroid’s dysfunction is Adrenal Fatigue. Treat it, and you’ll be far more successful in balancing the thyroid hormones and healing the thyroid gland.

#10 The next step

In over a decade of seeing thousands of patients both in my office and via telephone or Skype, I have discovered that once someone has Adrenal Dysfunction, a physiologic shift occurs. This shift creates debilitating and frustrating symptoms and dysfunctions in all the systems of the body.

Many well-educated and well-intentioned doctors will focus on these individual symptoms: low thyroid, low testosterone, overwhelming fatigue, mitochondrial dysfunction, chronic inflammation and pain, oxidative stress, allergies, chronic infection, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.

It is a mistake for doctors, both conventional and alternative, to focus on only one part of this dysfunctional process.

The primary goal must always be to treat the underlying Adrenal Fatigue and chronic activation of the stress response. Failure to do so wastes your precious resources of time, money, and most important, energy.

I have an intensely personal interest in the study of the adrenals and their tie to the rest of the endocrine system. In the video below, I share my journey with Adrenal Dysfunction. To reach out to us here at the Clymer Healing Center simply fill out this short application form.

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    • • Our clinic is located in Quakertown, PA . If that’s not local to you don’t worry. Over 50% of Dr. Neville’s patients are “distant patients”- they work with him via phone and Skype. ☺
      • Your frustration with conventional medicine is completely understandable. It’s likely that your symptoms are rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. When you treat the cause, the body can heal. We wish you all the best- Please let us know if you need our help! – Germaine

  • I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in 2014 after being sick with undiagnosed symptoms for 3 months. A thyroid ultrasound revealed 5 huge nodules. One was biopsies and after grueling through two huge needles being shoved through my neck, no anesthesia, the results from the biopsy revealed highly active thyroiditis. I was put on levithyroxin by the endocrinologist and told there was nothing that I could do accept take my medicine. That Dr almost killed me as I grew more and more sick over a period of several months. I asked my pcp at the time to please refer me to someone else. She sent me to a Vanderbilt Dr who’s put me in actual synthroid and upped my vitamin D to 10,000 a day. I immediately began to see a dramatic change in the sizes of nodules shrinking and my antibody levels going from the high thousands to the hundreds. Over these past few years though I’ve felt like a fish out of water trying to ‘figure out’ for myself how to keep my immune system up and keep myself healthy. I’ve had relapses of inflammation with my hashimotos, times I feel my throat being cut off from the inflammation, times of severe fatigue, weight gain, and my body just not feeling well. I cherish days that I have energy and feel good. I struggle to know how to help myself because where I live there are no Drs who truly understand this disease and offer not only synthroid but other ways of living a life style that makes me feel healthy. I fear at times my hashimotos will strangle me as my vandy dr notes that my thyroid feels solid and different from a normal functioning thyroid. I wish I could afford to go somewhere to a place where Drs could one on onetalk to me about this disease and teach me how to better my lifestyle with it. Reading stuff online is one thing. Looking face to face with a doctor who really understands this disease and would be willing to work with me to understand it, well, that would be a miracle. I know many others have it and they all seem to say the same things. They don’t really understand it and there Drs say that medicine is the only thing that can help. It seems to be a growing disease and I just don’t understand why more Drs and endocrinologists aren’t learning more about it to help us patients be proactive against it. I just get frustrated with it and continue to try and fight it on my own.

    • Fixing a broken stress response system (aka Adrenal Dysfunction) is incredibly difficult to do on your own as I know you understand all too well. You’re right, conventional doctors are baffled by the symptoms and have little to offer. Dr. Neville helps people heal the underlying cause and get their lives back. I have no doubt he can help you, too 🙂 We’re here if you us. -Germaine

  • How do I get my doctor to give me the correct blood tests. I’ve been on thyroid meds (now nature thyroid ) 65 mg for a while and he doesn’t want to bump me up and says I am at the next level to bump up. Weight gain, bowel problems tired …. What’s the next step??!!! Suppose to see doctor next week

    • When you address the underlying cause of your thyroid symptoms (likely Adrenal Dysfunction), the need for prescription medications lessens. Balance your stress response system and your symptoms will subside. You can feel better- you just need a more comprehensive approach. 🙂 -Jennifer

    • Dr. Neville uses a comprehensive saliva test to assess for Adrenal Dysfunction. It’s imperative that the results are interpreted by an expert- you don’t want just anyone working with your hormones! 🙂 – Michele

  • i no longer have a thyroid or parathyroid glands. now i’m having alot of trouble with calcium. any suggestions?

    • There’s a lot of extra pressure on the adrenals after the thyroid is removed. It’s critically important that your adrenals (and entire stress response system) are properly assessed and treated to ensure good health. The trouble you are having with calcium will likely improve as you heal the root cause. -Germaine

  • I was diagnosed in February with Hypotheyroid with TSH level of 14. They put me on levothyroxine. I don’t feel better and I keep gaining weight. I feel like it’s messing with my head and that I am getting to the point where I’m afraid to eat because I will gain more weight. I have changed my diet. No soy, dairy, &working on getting rid of gluten. I do boot camp and cross fit 4-5x week with running. I just want help

    • Hi Joelle. As you may now know from reading Dr. Neville’s article, thyroid symptoms are a result of Adrenal Dysfunction. Unfortunately most doctors only treat the thyroid which is inadequate and not a long term solution. It’s not your fault that you still feel awful- you just haven’t had proper guidance. It sure sounds like you’d benefit from comprehensive, individualized care. – Germaine

    • I find that the most common underlying cause of hypothyroidism is adrenal dysfunction. If this is the case for you, your thyroid support alone won’t help. Your weight is not merely calories in versus calories out. There’s a whole lot of metabolism in between which is governed by your thyroid AND your adrenals. For you to gain control you must address your likely underlying adrenal dysfunction. We are happy to help. All my best. – Dr. Neville

      • This sounds like what I am dealing with. Dxd with Adrenal exhaustion, depression, hypothyroidism i take meds that help my mitochondria, balsnce T4 and help with depression. I hope there is some way to power up and support my adrenals so all these meds can be discontinued and no future disease starts.

        • Yes, there’s lots that can (and should) be done to support your entire stress response system. When the body is in better balance, the symptoms subside and the need for medication lessens. Healing the underlying cause is essential 🙂 -Jennifer

  • A naturopath /m.d in little rock has diagnosed me with adrenal dysfunction stage 3. I have been on thyroid meds for hypothyroid for 22 years. A recent gallbladder surgery… Losing hair rapidly… Extreme fatigue. I sleep 14-17 hours on the weekend. I teach school … Just finished grad school at night. I’m looking for help.

    • Sadly, your story is quite common among Dr. Neville’s new patients. Proper testing, interpretation and guidance by an expert can get you back on track. Please complete our application if you’d like more information about working with Dr. Neville. Thanks 🙂 – Michele

    • Hi Jennifer, The thyroid adrenal connection is so often ignored. You’ve likely had adrenal dysfunction longer than you’ve had thyroid issues. And unfortunately some well meaning doctor has been cranking up your engine of a thyroid without paying attention to the dwindling fuel in that engine (your adrenals). Sounds like you need support for sure: comprehensive yet targeted support so that you don’t waste anymore precious time and energy. We’re here to help. -Dr. Neville

  • Hi Lori. Our clinic is in Quakertown, PA but most of Dr. Neville’s patients are NOT local to us- they have all their consultations via phone or Skype 🙂
    Please complete our application- maybe we can help you, too! – Germaine

    http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Very interested but I am in Phoenix, Arizona. Nerve deafness prevents talking on the phone. Do use Skype with my son. Wish I could find a doctor in my area that know the answers like you do. I am an active 83 and treated with Synthroid only for too long. Then Armour. Now on WP thyroid but this guy at Integrative Health only wants to treat TSH. Mine is 1.61. I have reverted to following STTM and treating myself. .Cortisol is good, high, high, high. Naturally problems sleeping. Presently trying holy basil and Seriphos.

    • Hello Barbara, such a familiar story. Your adrenal issues must be corrected for you to have a chance at managing your thyroid. That high cortisol is suppressing your thyroid at every level. The STTM info is good (actually much of the adrenal info is from my predecessor Dr. Poesnecker’s work) We can and do treat from a distance regularly, so don’t rule out that option just yet. All my best. -Dr. Neville

  • My husband needs help. If he goes off of his steroids he gets really sick and his sodium level gets so low that he needs to be in the hospital. He has no stress.

    • Sorry to hear about your husband’s challenges. Steroids are a very tricky thing to deal with and should not be taken lightly by physicians or by patients. They are life saving drugs if used correctly, but are far too overprescribed for chronic use. Obviously by now his adrenals are suppressed from the steroid use. Depending on his history and individual situation, it is possible to get off steroids, it just has to be done slowly and correctly. His adrenals need other support before he even has a chance at weaning off of the steroids. You can’t take “crutches” away from someone without supporting them in another way first. Hope this helps. -Dr. Neville

  • How would you explain my strong family history of thyroid disease in relation to what your saying about adrenal fatigue? Are you suggesting we ALL have adrenal fatigue that’s causing it? Here’s the list:
    My mother-graves disease
    Myself-autoimmune Hashi’s
    2 of my nieces – autoimmune Hashi’s
    And 2 of my nieces newborns – Hashi’s antibodies at birth
    2 of my daughters- Autoimmune Hashi’s
    2 of my cousins on my mom’s side-Hashi’s

    • Hi Debbie. I am suggesting that it is quite possible that you all have underlying adrenal dysfunction, or perhaps the older generations had adrenal fatigue and then passed on the dysfunctional immune patterning that results from that dysfunction. Autoimmune disease comes from an imbalanced immune system. The control of the immune system stems from the balance in your physiology between fight or flight and rest and digest. Regardless of where and how the Hashimoto’s starts, I have never had a patients diagnosed with Hashimoto’s who did not also have adrenal dysfunction. When you assess and treat the adrenal dysfunction effectively; patients feel better, it is easier to gain thyroid hormone replacement balance, and at times you can even resolve the autoimmune disease itself. Good luck to you and your family. – Dr. Neville

  • How do you get doctors nowadays to believe that all your problems are from my thyroid? They just don’t believe me when I say my levels are off or I’m overdosed on that strength of meds. This is the third time they overdosed me. I try doctor after doctor, they want to hand me more meds for symptoms, and say, no its not from that at all! Its all in your head. My chiropractor is the only one who believes me, except she cannot prescribe my meds. I have no thyroid, so I need them. I now have carpel tunnel, which I think is caused by them overdosing me! All the docs test for is tsh, and T4. They won’t do the others! Not nessary, they say! I think they should until they get levels right. I’m fighting with the doctors!

    • Dr. Neville understands that you know your body better than any test or doctor. He helps you to heal the underlying cause of your thyroid symptoms by addressing the entire stress response system. His comprehensive approach can get you back on track 🙂 -Germaine

  • What if your thyroid has been removed years ago and just continue to ride a roller coaster of up and down thyroid levels. Got to the point I was only sleeping 2-3 hours a night and no sleep meds would touch it. Depressed and anxious! Did saliva test, cortisol all over the place and spiking at wrong times of the day! Still no help!!!

    • Even with total thyroid hormone replacement, the adrenals play a role. It will still be quite difficult to stabilize hormone dosages with adrenal hormone dysfunction. Cortisol and thyroid hormones work together. And, if adrenal dysfunction is present in addition to thyroid issues, you’ll still be dealing with all of the adrenal symptoms. -Dr. Neville

  • I have struggled for the last 2 yrs. I have been on NDT medicine since the late eighties, always having problems, infections all the time, candida, GI problems etc. 2 and half yrs ago I became so ill and nobody knew my TSH was 68 for awhile, while my antibodies were climbing. I was shaking so bad , I was put on Corteff and today, I cannot get off of it. My T4 stays low and I am on a merry go round. Digestion is better , but i have a lot fo water weight gain. I believe from the imbalance between thyroid and adrenals. Its nightmare of a see saw. My joints are not hurting any longer because i watch what goes into my mouth, but i want off the Corteff and I was never tested in the first place to see if that was the problem. In the last 2 yrs i have gained over 50 lbs and have never been this heavy….but my numbers are good, lol. I have traveled far to find answers and still things are not balanced

    • I’m so sorry about all your suffering-you deserve better. You are on the right track regarding the thyroid and adrenal connection. If only you felt as good as your numbers look, right?!? Until you start to balance your entire stress response system, it’s unlikely that you’ll have relief from all your symptoms. Don’t give up hope-we are here to help 🙂 -Germaine

  • I too have had my thyroid removed and have been on a roller coaster ever since with synthroid. I had both Hashimoto and Graves antibodies so it was suggested I remove my thyroid. I thought I would feel better, the anxiety got better but that’s it and I gained 40 lbs. I also have high antibodies for Epstein Barr virus in my blood, I had mono 30 yrs ago. Is there hope for someone like me?

    • Yes, there absolutely is hope (although I know how discouraged you may feel). Many of our patients have been on similiar roller coasters before finding their way to us. When you finally heal the underlying cause, Adrenal Dysfunction,your symptoms will improve. -Germaine

  • Hi, I have several issues. Diabetes, hashimotos (in the past year my TSH has been to the very extreme of hyper and the hypo) at this last reading it is showing normal. However I feel extremely tired, very dry skin, unable to sleep, constipation, cold and hot spots throughout my body, very weird symptoms) I also have Epstein Barr, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis and hidradenitis suppurativa along with a few other less significant issues. My doctor is baffled. Is it possible that all of this could be from the adrenal? I am 47 and disabled. It looks like your office is about an hour and 40 minutes away from me. Do you take Medicare? What do they typically do if they find your issue is from addrenal? Thanks in advance

  • I don’t Skype and would love to make a appointment. I have very good insurance. I’ve had hashimotos since 2009. My tsh came back high at 28. I’m miserable. I live near ofallon illinois and see a endo in St.louis Missouri. We have no endo docs where I live and I can’t live this way much longer. I’ve been to specialist after specialist and they have done nothing for me. My antibodies are high and I do have nodules on my thyroid. I take nature throid and I still feel so sick, weak achy and brain fog.

    • Unfortunately conventional medicine has little to offer when it comes to healing the root cause of your symptoms. Dr. Neville will get you off the specialist merry-go-round once and for all and work to heal your entire stress response system. Please complete our application to get started 🙂 -Germaine http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • I was diagnosed with Hoshimoto Disease in Sept. 2008, after radiation & chemo for Cervical cancer.
    Rt lobe was removed. I still have symptoms. No energy, weight gain no matter how much I try to lose, fatigue. Think you can help me?

    • Many of Dr. Neville’s patients have struggled with the same symptoms. When you heal the root cause, your entire stress response system will balance out and you’ll finally get some relief 🙂 -Germaine

  • 4.5 years going through Hashimotos and AF high cortisol. ON supplements and SEriphos and Kavinace ultra PM for sleep. Have PPo Insurance and have spent thousands.
    56 and menopausal. Have thyroid issues, Af, hormones have been off, and Neurotransmitters testing should abnormal Adrenaline. Can you help? What are treatments costs? Skype costs?? Im in CA.

  • I’m hypothyroid and have hyperaldosteronism, and still look puffy and still feel tired and achy and I hate the heat. Have you helped a hyperaldosteronism patient before

  • I have Hasihimoto Thyroids, also low adrenell function in the morning( saliva test results) it raises during the day , I cannot loose weight etc , my doc told me to take Adrenal support which has Cordyseps as one of the ingredients , I cannot take due to the fact that I am on Effient , I am sick and tired of these problems

    • I’m sorry you are struggling right now. We understand how frustrating it is to feel so awful and you deserve better! Many of Dr. Neville’s patients are in the same boat when they first get started. You can heal the underlying cause of all these symmptoms-you just require proper care tailored to your specific needs. – Germaine

  • So many years have past with so little help from conventional and holistic physicians. I seem and have been told to be a mystery to figure out. I have lost so much hair now that I wear a wig. Dx with Hashimotos, nodules, etc. So very frustrated and just have come to the knowledge that it will probably never change…

    • Please don’t give up hope, Raquel! With proper testing, interpretation and guidance you can heal the root cause. Dr. Neville has helped thousands of people with the same frustating symptoms. The first step is to complete our application. – Jennifer http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Hi Dr. Neville!
    I am 51 yrs. old. I have a pituitary adenoma- since my early twenties.
    I am obese, but I generally eat pretty healthily. Since beginning menopause ( about a year ago) I have been gaining weight, no matter what I do. I am achy and tired no matter how much sleep I get. I drag myself home from work, and sit on the couch until bedtime, often falling asleep for hours in front of the T.V.
    I am miserable- please help!

  • Hello Kelly, Yes, your adrenals can be assessed when you are on any thyroid medication including Synthroid. As I’ve discussed before, anyone with thyroid issues should have their adrenals assessed, especially if they are dealing with any of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. – Dr. Neville

  • • Adrenal Dysfunction affects so many people- it’s truly epidemic. Unfortunately, many people (including well-meaning doctors) don’t even know that adrenal dysfunction is at the root of their frustrating symptoms. Dr. Neville helps people of all ages- including children. Please complete our application and then we’ll set up a call to answer all your questions:) ~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • • Yes, the thyroid and adrenal glands are intimately connected. Quite often well-meaning doctors treat the thyroid before identifying or addressing the ever-present underlying adrenal dysfunction, which is akin to cranking up an engine without the oil and gas to fuel it. People may feel temporarily better, but it makes things worse in the long run.
    • Dr. Neville works to heal the underlying cause of your thyroid symptoms. There is no one size fits all- each patient receives an individualized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs. The first step in determining if we’re a good fit for one another is to complete our application. ~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • • Our clinic is located in Quakertown, PA . If that’s not local to you don’t worry.Over 50% of Dr. Neville’s patients are “distant patients”- they work with him via phone and Skype. ☺

    • The thyroid and adrenal glands are intimately connected. Ultimately we always want to treat the adrenals, ideally first, but this still can be managed even post-thyroidectomy. The first step in determining if we’re a good fit for one another is to complete our application. ~Paula http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • I have hashimotos thyroid, depression, weight gain. over the last 7 years have been under all kinds of stress. I am tired all the time, have trouble sleeping….etc. I am concerned with cost

    • Hi Wendy, We’d be happy to discuss things with you and answer all your questions during a call with a Patient Coordinator. The first step is to complete our short application. We look forward to speaking with you 🙂 http://www.healing.org/apply/ – Germaine

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