Do you think you might have an underactive thyroid?
The fact is, while thyroid issues are much more common in women, many — if not most
— still remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Here’s why:
- Symptoms of hypothyroidism can be mistaken for the similar symptoms of sex hormone
- Women with mild and moderate symptoms may suffer from subclinical hypothyroidism,
which means that even though they experience symptoms of low thyroid, their levels
of thyroid hormone still register in the “normal” range.
If you’re not feeling quite right, it’s worth taking a closer look at the symptom
list below. Because once you know you’re suffering from an underactive thyroid,
you can take natural steps — including herbal remedies, and diet and lifestyle changes
to restore your thyroid and feel better.
Quite a collection — hypothyroidism-related issues
- severe, day-long fatigue, loss of energy
- everything feels sluggish (thinking, memory, movement, speech)
- unexplained weight gain, difficulty losing weight
- depressed mood, apathy
- joint and muscle pain, morning stiffness, headaches
- dry skin, rough skin at elbows, brittle
nails, yellowing of palms and soles
- brittle hair, thinning hair
and/or eyebrows, itchy scalp
- heavy or irregular periods, menstrual cramps, PMS symptoms
- difficulty tolerating cold, lower body temperature
- sleeping more than average, but waking unrefreshed
- diminished sex drive
- puffiness in face (especially around eyes) and extremities
- memory loss, fuzzy thinking, difficulty following conversation or train of thought
- slowness or slurring of speech
- elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
- tingling sensation in wrists and hands that mimics carpal tunnel syndrome
- coordination or balance problems
- unexplained breast milk formation
- bruising/clotting problems
- allergies that suddenly appear or get worse
- persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts
- appearance of a goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid that is externally visible
Your thyroid gland is one of the centers of your endocrine system, influencing how
other important hormones are used. That’s why an underactive thyroid can affect
so many functions throughout your body — and lead to such a wide range of weird
and unpleasant symptoms. But you can
find real relief and restore thyroid balance.
By understanding the
symptoms of hypothyroidism, women may identify issues earlier, seek a healthcare
provider, and find relief. If left untreated, symptoms may worsen over time.
More thyroid signs to look for
One form of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s disease, where the body forms antibodies
to its own thyroid gland cells, resulting in inflammation and possibly permanent
low thyroid function. Another condition is
hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid.
If you suffer from several or more of the above symptoms and are worried that you
might have a thyroid problem, your next best step would be to visit your healthcare
provider to get evaluated and discuss your options. You may also find it useful
to learn more about thyroid
testing beforehand to help you formulate good questions to ask your provider.