17 Overlooked Signs of An Underactive Thyroid – Hypothyroidism

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By Hot Health April 17, 2017 10:22

17 Overlooked Signs of An Underactive Thyroid – Hypothyroidism

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Overlooked Signs of Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland is essential to the healthy functioning of the body. It is a butterfly-shaped gland mainly responsible for producing hormones and proteins that are needed by the body for proper functioning. More often than not, women over 35 years of age are more prone to developing a thyroid disorder—where the thyroid gland does not work properly. A number of surveys have shown that at least 30 million people in America suffer through thyroid disorders—at least half of whom suffer silently since most cases of thyroid disorders go undiagnosed. As already stated, women are more likely to develop thyroid disorders as compared to men.

 

Why is the thyroid gland so important?

The thyroid gland located near the neck, produces Thyroid Hormones which are responsible for regulating one’s body temperature, metabolism, and heartbeat among other things. When the thyroid begins to dysfunction and a reduced or no amount of hormones is produced, things can go pretty bad for the body.

 

What affects the functioning of the thyroid gland?

There are a number of factors that contribute to the under or over functioning of the thyroid gland. These include genetics, stress, pregnancy, auto-immune systems, nutritional deficiencies or toxins in the environment. However, the experts don’t advocate these factors with 100% surety.

 

How can thyroid disorder be diagnosed?

Since thyroid hormones are distributed throughout the body—from brain to the bowels—it becomes a little difficult to diagnose any thyroid disorder. However, there are certain symptoms that do point towards a thyroid disorder.

  • You’re tired: Experiencing frequent fatigue and low energy levels in the body can be linked to several conditions but this symptoms links strongly to thyroid disorders. For instance, being fatigued in the morning after a good night’s sleep can be an indication that your thyroid is under active. Experts believe fatigue is the main symptom of an under active thyroid.
  • Feeling sad: It has been witnessed that in some cases, feeling sad or depressed is a symptom of hypothyroidism—a condition is which very little thyroid hormones is produced. Very low thyroid production can result in low “serotonin” levels in the body. Serotonin is known as the “happy, feel good” hormone. Low levels of it have been associated with depression, sadness, etc.
  • Change in Appetite and Taste bud: Hypothyroidism alters your taste and smelling buds.
  • Fuzzy Brain: Some may conclude that a foggy brain or inability to focus may be due to lack of sleep and getting older (or hormonal changes like menopause), but it might be a thyroid disorder. Cognitive functioning can suffer when the thyroid functioning is under performing or in over drive mode. In the case of Hypothyroidism, it’s under working therefore causing forgetfulness and brain fog. Doctors who treat thyroid disorders note their patients getting the ability to focus again and the disappearance of mental fog as their thyroid gets healed.
  • “Not tonight honey”: Low sex drive could be one overlooked side-effect of hypothyroidism. Very low values of thyroid hormone may contribute to a low sex drive and as a result, one may lose interest in sex. Also, the weight gain, low-energy and aching body parts from hypothyroidism may play a part in lost interest in sex.
  • Messed up sleep schedule: Hypothyroidism can lead a person to want to sleep all the time. A sluggish thyroid slows down bodily functions to such an extent that sleeping all the time seems like a good solution.
  • Your voice changes or your neck feels weird: If you’ve noticed your voice changed or has become hoarser than usual, you could have a thyroid problem. Also, if your throat has an unusual lump, this too could signal a thyroid problem.According to The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists you can check to see if you have a lump in your throat by doing the following:With a mirror in your hand, while drinking water, evaluate your throat. If you see any unusual bulges in the thyroid region (right above your collarbone, but lower than your Adam’s apple), consider talking to your doctor or a doctor who specializes in thyroid disorders.
  • You always feel cold: The thyroid regulates body temperature. If you feel cold most times, you could have hypothyroidism. Lower levels of thyroid could send your inner thermostat off, because your cells are burning less energy. Low levels of energy burned means less heat in the body.
  • Change in Menstrual Cycle: Hypothyroidism can lead to a longer menstrual cycle with increased blood flow and menstrual cramping. Menstrual cycles may often seem to happen more frequently (you find yourself saying “It feels like I just had my period”). Thyroid experts often find a correlation between irregular menstrual flow and cycles and thyroid issues.
  • Muscle and nerve pain: Unaccountable numbing sensation in the body or tingling feelings can be a potential symptom of hypothyroidism. Over time, the low production of thyroid can weaken the nerves responsible for signalling tingles and numbness. Sometimes, the thyroid pain resembles the usual muscular pain that we feel but can’t be explained.
  • Unpredictable bowels: Hypothyroidism sometimes causes frequent constipation which results from a disrupted digestive system.
  • Dry Skin: Dry and itchy skin can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Slowed metabolism leads to change in skin texture, skin moisture levels and appearance because of the reduced reducing sweating. On similar levels, nails may become brittle and may develop ridges.
  • Gaining unaccountable weight:  You’re eating healthy for the most part and even work out but you just can’t shed those pesky pounds. explain. Or you haven’t made any changes to your diet and experience unexplained weight gain. Hypothyroidism is often accompanied, and recognized, by weight gain that cannot be explained.
  • Thinning of hair and hair loss: Hypothyroidism often causes the hair to become brittle and dry, with unexplained breakage. Hypothyroidism also results in excessive hair loss as the follicles are put into the “telogen“phase (shedding and/or resting phase of hair growth cycle). Lack of thyroid hormones may disrupt your hair-growth cycle resulting in hair loss. This hair loss can sometimes be extreme to the extent that hair from the outside of the eyebrows also begin to shed.
  • Trouble getting pregnant: If you have been trying to get pregnant for quite some time now and haven’t been able to conceive, there are chances it may be due to an over or under active thyroid. Hypothyroidism and Hypothyroidism both interfere with ovulation and in turn affect fertility. Thyroid disorders can sometimes also lead to complications in pregnancy.
  • Bad Cholesterol and Hypothyroidism: If you’re finding that your increased levels of bad cholesterol (HDL) aren’t being lowered with improved diet, medication and exercise, then your under active thyroid might to be blame. In some cases, people with high HDL levels discovered that an under active thyroid was the culprit.
  • Low testosterone Levels: Research has shown a link between low testosterone levels and hypothyroidism.

 

Testing Your Thyroid

If you find you have many of these symptoms, experts recommend getting a full Thyroid Stimulating Hormone panel Test, Free T4, total T4, Free T3, and total T3 tests, and thyroid antibodies (TPO and anti-thyroglobulin) done. Depending on the results, the symptoms you have, and your physical exam, prescribed synthetic hormones might be recommended. Should you find yourself having fewer symptoms because of the medication, that will be just important to note as the results from the thyroid tests. You may to visit your doctor several times as treating thyroid disorders isn’t a “one size fits all” type of diagnosis. It may take numerous visits before a beneficial outcome can be determined.

Many in the medical field tell patients to be their own vigilantes when it comes to get their thyroid tested as some doctors are reluctant to test for thyroid disorders and diagnosis. According the American Associated of Clinical Endocrinologists the new acceptable thyroid numbers are 0.3-3.04. Before 2003, they were 0.5 – 5.04.

Experts also agree it’s important to find doctors who specialize in treating thyroid problems not just diagnosis them.

But the most important part is that you push your physician for thyroid treatment.

Should you decide to take “thyroid support” supplements please do your research.

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By Hot Health April 17, 2017 10:22
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