TOP TEN SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE HYPOTHROIDISM
Plus the Resources to Get You Balanced
At any given time, one can experience a down-turn in our primary metabolism gland known as the thyroid. There are numerous problems related to the endocrine system and many problems related to the thyroid gland. Let’s talk about one of the most common problems– hypothyroidism.
When I was in nursing school and learning about the complex endocrine system, one of my most knowledgeable and educated professors, Dr. H, said that a simple way to start understanding the basic concept of the thyroid, whether that be hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, is to think of the work thyroid as “energy!” Therefore, hypothyroid would equal not enough metabolic energy, and hyperthyroid would mean too much metabolic energy.
There are numerous problems related to the endocrine system and many problems related to the thyroid gland. Let’s talk about one of the most common problems– hypothyroidism.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated at the base of the front of your neck.
Though this gland is small, it is extremely powerful. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland have an ENORMOUS impact on your health, essentially affecting all aspects of your metabolism (your energy). For example, they maintain the rate at which your body uses calories, help regulate thermogenesis, affect your heart rate, control inflammation, movement, stamina, brain function, heart health, weight control, mood, immunity, and digestion.
Here are the top 10 most common most common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism:
One of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism is feeling completely worn out. Thyroid hormone controls energy balance and can influence whether you feel ready to take on the world, or take another nap. A classic sign of low thyroid is “hitting the wall” in the afternoon.
2. Weight gain
Hypothyroidism hits the trifecta in regard to weight gain. It signals the body store more calories, burn fewer calories, and send signals to the brain to eat more. Not exactly the roadblock we need when trying to get ready for a wedding, loose that baby weight, or drop those last stubborn pounds.
In the most simple of explanations– it puts a brake on your colon. Constipation has numerous causes and the majority of people who have constipation don’t have hypothyroidism. However, if you are noticing several of these signs and symptoms relate to you it, would be a good idea to start thinking about the next step to take for hormone evaluation.
4. Feeling cold
This may be very noticeable or discrete at first, and get worse as time goes on. Your basal metabolic rate is the number of calories to keep your body functioning at rest (meaning how many calories we are burning at rest). With hypothyroidism your BMR is lowered, therefore you produce less heat and are more sensitive to the cold.
5. Thinning hair
Just when you thought this little gland couldn’t be responsible for any more, it turns out your hair (yes the hair you spend money and countless energy dry-barring, styling, and dyeing) is being effected by your thyroid too.
Hair follicle cells are rapidly growing and these cells are regulated by thyroid hormone. When the thyroid is under-active is causes hair follicles to stop regenerating. What’s worse? Studies have shown many people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism that presented with hair loss also had developed coarse hair.
6. Pain/Swelling of the joints & Puffy Eyes
Fluid retention, especially in regard to the face, is very common. So is pain and swelling of the joints – with no good explanation for the pain.
7. Feeling depressed & lack of motivation
Hormone fluctuations in postpartum women can be linked to be a common cause of hypothyroidism, which could potentially be a contributing factor to postpartum depression experienced in many women.
Whether depression is caused, magnified, or unrelated to the thyroid, is a very serious and a good reason to seek out help from a friend, therapist, physician, or practitioner. The practice of yoga and mindfulness are great ways to help increase feelings of well-being and give yourself time to relax and restore the busy mind from the overload of stress, chaos, and the never ending to do list stored in our iPhone notes also.
8. Dry Skin
Skin cells are similar to hair follicle cells when it comes to their short lifespan. They are sensitive to loosing growth signals from the thyroid. Skin problems can be attributed to so many things with the amount of sensitivities people are developing with the dangerous rise in thousands of new products with toxic ingredients hitting the market every year. For this reason, blood work is crucial in hormone testing and treatment, and could even help you rule out an ongoing skin problem in the end.
9. Muscle weakness
Catabolism is a condition where your body is starting to break down vital body tissues, such as muscle, to provide more energy for the body. When your metabolism is slowed down enough, as in an under-active thyroid, your body starts to panic and adjusts by switching from metabolism to catabolism. This process can be painful and give your muscle aches while decreasing your overall sense of physical well-being. Sounds fun, right?
10. Altered or impaired memory: Brain Fog
Mental fog and a reduction in the ability to concentrate with clarity is a common side effect. It’s important to remember difficulty concentrating can be attributed to countless things and can happen to everyone at certain times for no medical reason at all. That being said, it is an important and common presentation of thyroid problems and should be addressed as a top sign and symptom to be aware of.
It is very important to understand the signs and symptoms vary widely on the severity, progressions, and specific type of thyroid issue you may have. The down-regulation of the thyroid can develop slowly over several years, and may not always be noticeable.
Many people may attribute these symptoms to stress in their life or part of the “normal aging process” without knowing what is really causing significant symptoms that often require other medications to fix. Another surprising fact is that women are eight times more likely to develop a thyroid disorder than men, and are particularly prone to thyroid issues.
So what can I do?
Today we discussed one of many hormone issues women and men can experience throughout their lifetime. If you or someone you know may be experiencing multiple symptoms listed above, or is just not feeling their absolute best, don’t shrug it off and think the symptoms are “just the way it is.” This imbalance in the thyroid can be easily detected with a simple blood test looking at the entire hormone profile to insure all levels are in the perfect balance.
At Peak we offer comprehensive hormone testing and intensive analysis of symptoms. With this information, our hormone experts will create a treatment program aimed at fixing deficiencies and re-establishing the correct balance between male and female hormones, thyroid, brain chemicals, gut health and adrenal-stress glands, using the most natural and individualized approach possible.
At Peak Medical, it’s our mission to help you resolve your nagging symptoms and to help you age better, with less age-related problems. We are dedicated to helping you live your best life and to creating a personal plan just for you. Let us help you save precious time and energy by giving you the tools to change your life—and most likely the lives of those around you. Good luck on your journey to wellness wherever it may take you. The best is really yet to come!
Kenzie Jackson RN, BSN
PEAK MEDICAL CLINIC
Our medical clinics are dedicated to connecting you with medical professionals in primary care, hormone therapy & anti-aging