At the end of January, I went through a major discovery about my health. I was suffering from serious digestion issues, along with what I believed to be silent reflux, and made the decision to get help. I am so glad that I did.
After analysis, my wellness doctor explained to me that all of the issues I had stemmed from my thyroid. I was shocked. What did my thyroid have to do with my digestion, and my hormonal imbalance, and my mood swings? I mean, I was going through menopause, right?
Well, some of that was true, but the bottom line was my thyroid was under active, or hypothyroidism. After a long discussion, I discovered things about my thyroid that I never could have imagined affected my body. It all made sense. Quite a few of the symptoms from hypothyroidism was something I suffered from…yikes!
I was completely surprised to learn that my hormonal issues weren’t all from menopause. Here is a great article from Ministry Healthcare, that gives you detailed information about the role of your thyroid.
Here is a list of symptoms for hypothyroidism (under active):
- Severe fatigue, loss of energy
- Weight gain, difficulty losing weight
- Depression and depressed mood
- Joint and muscle pain, headaches
- Dry skin, brittle nails
- Brittle hair, itchy scalp, hair loss
- Irregular periods, PMS symptoms
- Breast milk formation
- Calcium metabolism difficulties
- Difficulty tolerating cold and lower body temperature
- Sleeping more than average
- Diminished sex drive
- Puffiness in face and extremities
- Bruising/clotting problems
- Elevated levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and heightened risk of heart disease
- Allergies that suddenly appear or get worse
- Persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts
- Tingling sensation in wrists and hands that mimics carpal tunnel syndrome
- Memory loss, fuzzy thinking, difficulty following conversation or train of thought
- Slowness or slurring of speech
Here is a list of symptoms for hyperthyroidism (overactive):
- Anxiety, nervousness, and irritability
- Frequent, loose bowel movements
- Difficulty sleeping
- Double vision
- Eyes that bulge out, or “protrude” (in patients with Graves’ disease)
- Hair changes, including brittle hair, thinning hair, and hair lossfrom scalp
- Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), especially in older adults
- Menstrual cycle changes, including lighter bleeding and less frequent periods
- Muscle weakness, especially in the thighs and upper arms
- Rapid fingernail growth
- Rapid heartbeat, usually over 100 beats per minute
- Shaky hands
- Thinning skin
- Weight loss despite increased appetite
The bottom line is, if you are suffering from any of these symptoms, see your doctor. Get a blood test to determine for sure. If you’re not comfortable with going on a drug, then visit a wellness doctor in your area to go about it naturally. That’s what I did, and I’m healthier because of it.
Here’s to healthier thyroid…and so it is!