Feeling achy, overweight, tired and low – you may have Hypothyroidism
Are you having trouble sleeping and feel tired and cold all the time, do your muscles always feel achy, your digestive system sluggish and you have trouble losing or maintaining your weight, do you feel like you catch every cold and flu that’s going round and can’t concentrate on everyday tasks because of brain fog. You’re not going crazy, but your thyroid might be…
Your thyroid is a little butterfly-shaped organ, located at the base of the throat.
To work at peak performance, the thyroid uses iodine and turns it into two different hormones your body needs to function. These hormones are called “thyroxine” and “triiodothyronine” (nicknamed T4 and T3).
Both T4 and T3 are released into your bloodstream to regulate the metabolism of every cell in your body.
The thyroid is regulated by the pituitary gland, a pea-sized organ in your brain. If the thyroid is the “furnace” that keeps your body’s metabolism burning brightly, then the pituitary is the “thermostat” adjusting the temperature.
When your thyroid is not producing enough T3 and T4, your pituitary cranks up the heat by releasing another hormone called the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
When your TSH levels are high, it means that your thyroid gland cannot produce enough of T3 and T4, and is hypothyroid (or underactive).
If you have hypothyroidism, you may have many (or all!) of these common symptoms:
- Fatigue – Elevated blood cholesterol levels
- Sensitivity to cold – Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- Constipation – Painful, swollen joints
- Dry skin – Thinning hair
- Weight gain – Heavier or irregular menses
- Puffy face – Slow heart rate
- Hoarseness – Depression or low mood
- Muscle weakness – Impaired memory
But the biggest long-term problem with having a hypothyroid is misdiagnosis.
Hypothyroidism is notoriously missed because the list of symptoms is so long, varied, and often confused with other health issues. To find out weather you have hypothyroidism, a full history must be taken as well as specific blood tests to determine diagnosis and proper treatment.
A Naturopath looks at all aspects of your health to find the best method of treatment for you. Don’t delay get in touch today, and see how we can help you back to better health and a more balanced life – Naturally.