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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