wilson's temperature syndrome...

Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (WTS) is an extremely common condition, yet it is poorly recognised and diagnosed. Many members of the public, and even many doctors, are not aware of its existence.

How is WTS Diagnosed?
There is no blood test to diagnose WTS, and thyroid hormone levels are usually normal. It is characterised by a sub-normal average body temperature (normal is 36.8 degrees – 37 degrees C), together with many of the following symptoms:

General symptoms
Inappropriate weight gain, fluid retention, fatigue, headaches and migraines, insomnia and needing to sleep in the day, allergies, hives, asthma, elevated cholesterol, heat and/or cold intolerance, low blood pressure, frequent colds and sore throat, light-headedness, ringing in the ears, dry eyes and blurred vision, flushing, poor co-ordination, increased nicotine or caffeine use.

Mental symptoms
Anxiety, panic attacks, depression, impaired memory and concentration, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, premenstrual syndrome, irritability.

Gastro-intestinal symptoms
Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, hypoglycaemia, food cravings, excessive tiredness after eating, abnormal throat or swallowing sensations, stomach ulcers, bad breath, acid indigestion.

Muscle, joint and skin symptoms
Hair loss and dry hair, prematurely grey or white hair, unhealthy nails, dry and itchy skin, arthritis and joint pains, muscular aches, abnormal sweating, slow wound healing, easy bruising, cold hands/feel that turn blue, acne / skin infections, changes in pigmentation, carpal tunnel.

Gynaecological symptoms
Decreased libido, irregular periods, severe menstrual cramps, frequent urinary or yeast infections, infertility.

Many of these symptoms are characteristic of an under-active thyroid, also called Hashimoto’s thryroiditis, which is an auto-immune disorder. Many patients will be treated with a thyroid hormone supplement, such as Eltroxin, for years. Some will feel better on this medication, whereas others continue to suffer from many of the above symptoms, in spite of being told repeatedly that their blood tests are ‘normal’ and that all is well. 

Sometimes the dose of thyroid medication is increased in an effort to improve the symptoms. This may provide temporary relief, but actually worsens the situation.

How Does WTS Arise?
WTS is most common in women (80%), and is caused by exposure to one of more acute stresses or prolonged stress over years. People whose ancestors have a history of struggle or famine, such as Jews or American Indians seem to be particularly susceptible to WTS.

How is WTS Treated?
WTS can be treated with herbal and other combinations to support the thyroid (which may include substances such as iodine, selenium, zinc, bladderwrack, ashwaganda and tyrosine), or with cycles of slow-release T3 hormone under the supervision of a certified WTS medical doctor.

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