HYPOTHYROIDISM

(From Head to Toe)

Hypothyroidism is an energy-sapping illness with many diverse symptoms. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough of the thyroid hormone called thyroxine (T4). This causes the body’s system to slow down and can lead to symptoms like fatigue, feeling cold, weight gain due to fluid retention, dry skin, and hair loss.

It can result from any of the following:

 

  • The thyroid gland not producing enough thyroxin or T4

  • A decreased rate of conversion of T4 into T3 (the active hormone)

  • Increased cellular resistance to the hormones, or

  • The body developing antibodies to its own hormones.

              Hypothyroidism:
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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are varied, and depend on such factors as: how hypothyroid you are, your age, your general level of health, and how hypothyroidism affects you uniquely. You may have some or all of the following symptoms, in varying severity:

  • You feel tired, exhausted, have difficulty getting enough sleep, or want to take daytime naps.

  • You feel depressed, down, or sad.

  • You feel cold when others do not, particularly in your hands and feet.

  • You’ve gained weight inappropriately, or you are finding it difficult to lose weight, despite proper diet and exercise.You’re losing hair, particularly from the outer part of your eyebrow, --or your hair is getting dry, or tangle.

  • Your nails are breaking and splitting and becoming brittle.

  • You have muscle and joint pains and aches, or you've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

  • You’ve been diagnosed as having chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • You have swelling and puffiness in the eyes, face, arms or legs.

  • You have low sex drive.

  • You have high cholesterol levels, particularly the type that is unresponsive to diet and medication.

  • You have a heavier than normal menstrual period or your period is longer than it used to be, or comes more frequently.

  • You’re going through menopause, and are having troublesome symptoms.

  • You have worsening allergies, itching, prickly hot skin, rashes, hives, urticaria, chronic yeast infections, oral fungus or thrush, or stomach and abdominal bloating.

  • You find it difficult to concentrate, your memory is not as good as it should be - you feel that your thinking is “slow”.

  • You are frequently constipated.

  • You have a feeling of fullness, or an obvious swelling in your neck area.

 

Thyroid hormones set metabolic activity and are thus responsible for the speed at which every enzyme action in the body takes place. A low thyroid condition is debilitating - and yet is alarmingly on the rise in the U.S.  More than 10 million American have Thyroid disease or dysfunction--possibly twice that number might have this problem and not even know it. A great many people across the country are rightfully concerned about thyroid related disorders.

POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • A person may have low thyroid, even if his/her doctor reports that blood tests are ‘normal.

  • Low thyroid can masquerade as any other illness, or make any other existing illness worse.

  • A modern life style (involving everything from environmental toxins to stress) contributes to the problem.

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