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What Does it Feel Like to Have Thyroid Dysfunction?

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Millions of women around the world suffer from thyroid disorders and the origin of the disease can be complex. In most cases of thyroid disease, the thyroid is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone - commonly called hypothyroid. Some thyroid disorders are due to an inflammation of the tiny gland in your throat, but the most common cause is due to and autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. In Hashimoto's your body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues causing the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry Skin
  • Hair Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Puffy Face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory

Most thyroid disorders initially go undetected. Many people ignore the symptoms and relate it to the natural aging process. But if the symptoms go untreated they can worsen, and feeling exhausted and run down daily is not the way most of us would prefer to live. If you suspect thyroid disease ask your physician for testing.

Testing for thyroid dysfunction should include a panel of the following:

  • TSH
  • T4 & Free T4
  • T3
  • Ferritin levels (iron - many people with autoimmune thyroid disease also have low iron due to malabsorption)
  • Thyroid globulin (test for antibodies)

Treatment for thyroid disorders takes time. Your physician may recommend solely a T4 medication to give you what your body cannot produce on its own. On occasion if that is not enough and after a few months without levels and function returning to normal they may add in a regimen of T3 which is the active form of the thyroid hormone designed to give patients an additional boost of energy.

Diet is also an important role in thyroid health especially if it is autoimmune in nature. Gluten free, mineral-rich, and toxic free diets and lifestyles are critical to anyone who has an autoimmune disorder, particularly one with the thyroid. Toxic free household products are important as well because T4 is converted to active T3 in the liver which is also where your body processes toxins. Decreasing toxic overload to your liver will only help improve the efficiency of this organ.