Q. I am so tired, all the time! I sleep ok but wake up so exhausted. I feel like I trudge through each day, this can’t be normal?
A. It is possible you could have an underactive thyroid.
Q. But my doctor ran a thyroid test and said everything was fine.
A. Generally, doctors will check only your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. You can actually have TSH levels within range but your other hormones (T3, T4, reverse T3) give a clearer picture of your thyroid function.
Your thyroid gland controls your metabolism and general energy production and if the hormones become unbalanced, it can certainly affect the way we feel. Thyroid problems are more common in women and have a strong family link.
Symptoms of underactive thyroid
Most notable symptoms I see in clinic from thyroid problems are:
- Lethargy, fatigue, tiredness – just exhausted all the time with no motivation.
- Weight! It just won’t shift – no matter what!
- Brain fog that doesn’t seem to lift, memory problems – forgetting conversation you had only an hour ago.
- Always feeling cold, all the way down to your bones
- Dry skin – it can be dry, itchy and even feel a bit rough
- Constipation – your bowels just ain’t moving
What causes thyroid problems?:
- Iodine deficiency – Iodine is required for the production of T3 and T4
- Selenium deficiency – selenium is required to convert T4 to T3
- Stress – our main stress hormone cortisol can have a direct effect on the thyroid hormone production
- Low calorie dieting and yo-yo dieting
- Toxins – in particular environmental. BPA, pesticides, mercury all inhibit hormone production and conversion within the thyroid
- Childbirth – a thyroid hormone rollercoaster known as post partum thyroiditis where you can alternate between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism is often seen in the first year after childbirth
Where you ticking the symptom boxes off as you read through them? I know you are ready for more energy and to feel yourself again!
If you can relate to these symptoms and/or have any family history of hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease, I would strongly recommend investigating further testing. This is something that we can arrange before or during your first consultation with me. Underactive thyroid is one of my areas of expertise having treated many women. If you would like to look into this further, please do not hesitate to contact me.