Hypothyroidism 12 Common Symptoms. Is It Time To Call Your Doctor?


Hypothyroidism also known as an under active thyroid, presents with a variety of symptoms. These           symptoms arise because your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. When this  occurs it causes a slowing down of all your bodies processes. Here are common symptoms that indicate you  may have hypothyroidism.

  • Fatigue: Hypothyroidism, one of the main symptoms, and often the first sign of hypothyroidism is fatigue. Without enough hormone your body slows down. You may have trouble getting up in the morning despite getting 8 or more hours of sleep each night..
  • Weight Gain: Hypothyroidism slows your metabolism down, which can make you gain weight, even though  you eat healthy and exercise.
  • Feeling Cold: Without adequate thyroid hormone to keep your metabolism active, you may feel like you are always cold no matter what the temperature is.
  • Depression: Hypothyroidism can also cause mood disorders like depression and or anxiety. It can also worsen symptoms in people who already have depression. If your mood is low, get your thyroid checked.
  • Memory Problems: Low thyroid hormones cause a slowing of all processes in your body including your brain. You may have difficulty focusing, problem concentrating, suffer from mental fatigue, and problem with short term memory. Although there are many causes, your thyroid could be the problem.
  • Muscle and Joint Pains: Hypothyroidism can cause your muscles and joints to hurt. The pain can be severe enough to interfere with your daily activities. Left untreated some people can develop muscle profound weakness. Again there are many causes of joint, and muscle pain but if you have persistent aches and pains its time to call your doctor.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, you should make sure to have your thyroid levels checked.Hypothyroidism is a common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling and or pain in your hands.
  • Constipation: Hypothyroidism is associated with slowing down of your digestion system, resulting in constipation. The thyroid can make your whole digestive system “lazy”. The proper blood test may reveal its due to low thyroid hormone.
  • Change in Menstrual Cycle. You may develop lighter periods or even skip your menstrual cycle if you thyroid hormones are low. A change is your cycle may indicate thyroid disease.
  • Infertility: If your thyroid is underactive it can interfere with your fertility. Talk with your doctor about checking your thyroid if you are having fertility problems.
  • Elevated Cholesterol: If you have elevated cholesterol, your thyroid may be to blame.
  • Dry Hair and Skin: You can develop dry hair and skin. Some people also notice hair loss. A classic sign of hypothyroidism is the absence of hair on lateral one third of your eyebrows.

In addition if you have a family history of hypothyroidism you are at an increased risk of developing an underactive thyroid. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to discuss these with your doctor. Make sure to discuss any family history of thyroid or autoimmune diseases. When asking to have your thyroid checked, make sure they do a complete profile and not just check your TSH. You should have FreeT4, FreeT4, RFreeT3, Thyroid antibodies and also have your adrenal function tested. If your adrenal glands are not functioning properly, they can cause your thyroid to not produce enough thyroid hormone. Additional testing may be indicated depending on your symptoms.

If you think you may have an underactive thyroid, we can help!

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Optimal Wellness Center 172 Franklin Ave Suite 4A Ridgewood NJ 07450


Could A Leaky Gut Be The Cause Of Your Symptoms?

Could A Leaky Gut Be The Cause Of Your Symptoms?

Do you suffer from? Fatigue? IBS? Rashes? Or Joint Pain?

A “Leaky Gut” can cause of a wide variety of symptoms and diseases.
Including the following:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Food Sensitivities
Diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating or IBS
Rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis or acne
Allergies, asthma
Joint pains, arthritis
Autoimmune disease, Celiac, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chron’s disease

Leaky gut syndrome happens when the lining of your intestines are damaged by inflammation. Foods including gluten, highly processed foods, medications, stress, intestinal infections and an imbalance of your intestinal bacterial flora are some of the potential causes of a leaky gut.

When the intestinal lining is damaged, inflammation develops resulting in small holes in the intestinal lining causing increased intestinal permeability. The problem comes from small food particles, and toxins that can now “leak” into your blood stream through these holes. Once these substances enter your body they can trigger an inflammatory immune response, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms and diseases.

How to treat a leaky gut? As long as the intestinal lining is damaged food and toxins will continue to enter your blood stream and continue the inflammatory process.
The way to stop this vicious cycle is to heal your intestinal lining.

At Optimal Wellness we use the 5R Restoration Program

Remove offending substances from the diet, while adding targeted nutritional support to help remove unwanted compounds from the body.

Replace digestive enzymes if needed. Digestive factors and enzymes facilitate the breakdown of food. An insuffiency of these enzymes prevents optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Reinoculate the GI tract with a good probiotic (good bacteria) to rebalance your intestinal flora. This balance is import to your overall health including supporting your immune system, GI health, digestion and intestinal barrier function.

Regenerate the GI mucosa through diet and lifestyle changes, enhanced by nutritional support. If needed we may recommend medical food to help repair and maintain intestinal integrity
Retain the health of your GI tract with nutritional support along with healthy eating, adequate sleep, regular exercise, and stress management.

Are You Tired Of Being Tired?

Are you tired of being tired? Could you have Chronic Fatigue?
Are you tired of being tired? Could you have Chronic Fatigue?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is overwhelming fatigue that is not explained by a known medical condition.

CFS gets worse with too much activity and is not relieved by rest. The cause of CFS in unknown, however there are many theories. In some cases it may be caused by viral illnesses including Epstein Barr, HHV-6, and parvo.

There is also evidence to suggest it can develop after a bacterial infection like Lyme or prolonged respiratory infections.. There may be impairment of the immune system or hormonal imbalances of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, or adrenal glands. Other theories include excessive stress, from any source including, physical, emotional, chronic diseases, or infections. Most likely it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and that multiple triggers alone or in a combination can cause the onset of chronic fatigue.

How is Chronic Fatigued Syndrome Diagnosed?
There is no single test to confirm CFS. To make the diagnosis of CFS underlying medical conditions need to be ruled out. A comprehensive work up should be done and include a comprehensive history, physical and appropriate laboratory tests. Some of the more common causes of fatigue including anemia, diabetes or an underactive thyroid can be easily ruled out with simple blood tests. Additional diagnostic tests should be done based on an individuals symptoms and physical findings.

The diagnosis of CFS is based on the following criteria. Severe persistent or relapsing fatigue lasting six months or more, in which the fatigue is not caused by a known disease, and is not relieved by rest. The fatigue also causes a significant (50%) reduction in a person’s activity level. In addition, to diagnose CFS four out of the following eight symptoms needs to be present.

Not feeling refreshed after sleep
Impaired memory/concentration
Muscle pain
Joint pain, involves one joint to another without swelling or redness
Sore throat
Tender cervical/ axillary lymph nodes
Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical exercise
What are the risk factors for developing CFS?
Risk factors for developing CFS include age, female gender, genetics, high stress occupations and or lifestyle.

CFS occurs more commonly in people in there 40s and 50s. Anyone can develop CFS, but it is more common in women, this may be that women are more likely to seek treatment for fatigue. There appears to be a genetic link as well. People with a first degree relative with CFS have an increased risk of developing CFS. Those with high stress lifestyles are also more susceptible to developing CFS.

Associated Conditions
Some people with CFS also fit the criteria for FMS (a chronic pain syndrome). People with CFS who do not get help are at risk of developing anxiety, depression, social isolation, lifestyle changes (reduce activity level), and increased work absences.

Treatment for Chronic Fatigue
The treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome must be individualized; a comprehensive holistic approach can help the body return to a healthy state. There is no magic pill that will make your symptoms disappear. It will take time for your body to recover. It is best to find a Practioner who has experience in treating CFS. The first step your doctor should do is to confirm the diagnosis, making sure there is not another cause for your fatigue. After your diagnosis is confirmed they need to help you develop an individualized treatment and wellness plan. Your wellness plan is not limited to but should include the following:

Stress management plan- tools and ways to reduce and manage stress. Excessive production of stress hormones can cause fatigue and make it difficult to recover.
Nutritional plan- you are what you eat you need to follow a whole food diet, avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners, and chemical additives. It is best to work with a practitioner who can help you develop a healthy eating plan. A diet rich in nutrients can help heal your body.
Vitamins/ Supplements- Appropriate vitamins and supplements if indicated.
Medications- Appropriate medications when indicated.
Sleep Hygiene Program- a program to help you get enough restorative sleep, so your body can heal.
Exercise program- individual exercise program tailored to your energy level.
Psychological support: Appropriate support in dealing with emotional issues, making sure to address automatic negative thoughts. Negative thinking can further fatigue your body. A referral to a good mental health professionals can help you when indicated.
Additional Treatments: Additional treatments to consider in your wellness plan include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical therapy, and Chiropractic therapy.
Support: on going support, working with a doctor who is there to support your recovery. It will take time to recover but with the right treatment and wellness plan you will get better.

Are You Tired Of Being Tired?


Are You Tired Of Being Tired?

Everyone feels tired now and then. Sometimes you just don’t want to get out of bed. Usually getting a good night’s sleep is all you need to restore your energy and feel like yourself again. However, if fatigue persists, it’s important to find the cause.

There are many causes of fatigue. The most common causes are lifestyle choices, not getting enough sleep, poor dietary choices, lack of exercise or over exercising and stress. By making these poor choices we stress our bodies, weaken our immune system, and increase inflammation in our bodies. In doing so, we increase our risk of developing chronic diseases like, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, dementia, and cancer. So it’s important to make changes in your lifestyle to prevent developing chronic diseases.

If you are experiencing fatigue, try making a few simple changes to see if your energy level improves. Make sure you are getting enough good quality sleep, and engaging in daily exercise. A healthy diet, one based on whole foods, like fruits vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats, provides the nutrients you need to fuel your body. Reduce stress by practicing forms of relaxation like meditation, visualization or focused breathing. Discuss with your doctor about taking a daily multivitamin. In addition you may also want to discuss if you would benefit from fish oil, which are rich in omega three fatty acids. These essential fatty acids help reduce inflammation, they support and protect your immune system, cardiovascular system, joints, cognitive function, memory and mood. If you are under a lot of stress you may also benefit from Vitamins B, C and D.

Fatigue is quite common in the adult population, in fact, fatigue is the most common reason men and women go to the doctor. Although many causes of fatigue are related to sleep, diet, exercise and stress, if you have persistent fatigue, you should see your physician for an evaluation. It’s important to find out the root cause of your fatigue. There are many medical conditions that are associated with fatigue. The sooner you get the proper diagnosis and treatment the sooner you will be back to feeling well.

There are a variety of medical reasons for fatigue so a thorough history, physical and appropriate tests can help determine the cause(s). Some common medical reasons for fatigue include, medications, especially antihistamines, blood pressure pills and antidepressants.

Viruses are a common cause of fatigue but the symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks. When fatigue persists longer, some people can develop a chronic form, so it is important to see your doctor on ways to treat and manage your fatigue.

Anemia or a low blood count is another reason for fatigue. There are many causes of anemia including, vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency, blood loss, genetic, autoimmune, and cancer.

Symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroid), include, fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, muscle pain, weakness, dry skin and hair loss. Diabetes is also associated with fatigue along with other warning signs including, increased thirst, increased hunger, weight loss and frequent urination.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by prolonged stress, which can become severe. Chronic stress is thought to “stress” the adrenals, which are small glands in your body that produce hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that support your body especially during times of stress. Chronic stress is felt to deplete your body of these hormones leading to fatigue. Treatment requires permanent lifestyle changes and removal of chronic stressors.

Sleep disorders like Sleep apnea, cause people to stop breathing multiple times during the night, leading to interrupted non-restorative sleep and fatigue. Restless leg syndrome, the uncontrolled movement of ones legs while sleeping also results in interrupted sleep and resulting fatigue.

Celiac disease, Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis all chronic diseases involving inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract are associated with fatigue.

Mood disorders like anxiety and depression can cause both mental and physical fatigue.

In addition, infections, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus, and malignancy frequently have fatigue as one of their main complaints.

Fortunately most people who have fatigue can resolve their symptoms with some minor lifestyle changes. However it may not be the whole picture. When treating fatigue taking a holistic approach looking at all aspects including lifestyle and a comprehensive medical evaluation will help give you the best long-term result. See your physician for an evaluation; finding the cause not merely treating the symptom will improve your health immediately and long term by preventing chronic diseases.

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Dr. Betty Keller M.D. F.A.C.R. is the Medical Director Of Optimal Wellness Center

A Integrative Medical Center specializing in Wellness, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Weight Management, Hormone Balance, and Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation and Body Contouring.

Optimal Wellness Center is located In Franklin Lakes NJ