Episode 103: Thyroid Disease and Fibromyalgia with Dr. Kaley Bourgeois

Treating your thyroid is a critical piece of managing fibromyalgia. It’s so crucial that Tami dedicates one entire module of the Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor® training program to teaching about thyroid.

It’s also an issue that’s near and dear to Tami’s heart because it’s a significant part of her story. After years of classic thyroid symptoms being dismissed because her labs were “normal,” Tami was fortunate to discuss the problem with her fibromyalgia doctor, who ordered a full thyroid panel. That was when they discovered that she had Hashimoto’s, and treating it was a major step forward in getting her fibromyalgia under control.

Today Tami has invited her thyroid doctor, Dr. Kaley Bourgeois, to the podcast to talk about thyroid issues in fibromyalgia patients. In this conversation, Tami and Dr. B discuss what the thyroid is and what it does, what thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) signals, common symptoms of hypothyroidism, why Hashimoto’s is often missed, why Dr. B always includes thyroid screening for her fibro patients, how thyroid hormones are made, the role of T3 and T4 in your body, why it’s common for fibro patients to have issues converting T4 to T3, Dr. B’s recommendation to ask for a full thyroid panel with antibodies, huge differences between optimal versus lab ranges, treating thyroid issues, what you need to know about iodine, the three essential thyroid nutrients, considerations for thyroid hormone therapy, different medication options, why medicine needs to be individualized, your thyroid needs shift throughout your life, how to find the right practitioner for you, why most doctors aren’t well-versed in treating thyroid conditions, dietary changes to support your thyroid, lifestyle and nutritional factors to avoid, and more.

If you’ve ever had a doctor tell you that your thyroid is normal despite your symptoms, Dr. B is here to share why your doctor probably doesn’t know how to treat your thyroid and the steps you can take to move forward on your healing journey.

Note: This episode is not meant to be medical advice. Every person and every situation is unique. The information you learn in this episode should be shared and discussed with your own healthcare providers.

About Dr. Kaley Bourgeois

Dr. Kaley Bourgeois is a licensed Naturopathic Physician practicing integrative family medicine in Tigard, Oregon. After ten years of full-time practice in Lake Oswego, she opened Framework Integrative Medicine for patients seeking a functional medicine approach to disease prevention and health optimization. She offers preventative medicine visits to all ages, diagnostic labs and imaging, therapeutic injections, IV nutrient therapy, women’s wellness exams, and cosmetic medicine.

After earning her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at Pacific University, Dr. Bourgeois completed her medical training at Portland’s National College of Natural Medicine where she most enjoyed her rotations in endocrinology, women’s health, IV therapy, naturopathic cardiology, pediatrics, and minor surgery. She went on to expand her post-doctoral training at The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), and obtained her certifications in ozone therapies, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and cosmetic injections such as Botox and Juvaderm.

In practice, Dr. Bourgeois found her greatest passion: Treating complex chronic illnesses such as autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and mast cell diseases. She believes early identification and intervention are the key to enhancing everyday wellness.

On the weekends, Dr. Bourgeois enjoys running and exploring Oregon’s parks with her husband and two kids.

Website: FrameworkClinic.com
Instagram: @frameworkintegrativemedicine

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