Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. It has been a busy week. I had the privilege to attend and help with a home birth. Let me just say that is absolutely amazing! I never thought I would be interested in that kind of work until I actually got to attend one. I had my daughter at home 15 months ago and she has completely changed my life. Now, having seen someone else go through labor (at home) I may be changing the way I practice. Life truly is amazing and you never know where it is going to take you!
So, here we are back to the thyroid. Today I would like to cover signs and symptoms of a dysfunctional thyroid. The use of blood chemistry panels and other tests are important, however, a patient’s symptoms and health history are invaluable in accurately assessing a condition. The most common symptoms of low thyroid function are:
- Weight gain even though the patient may be adhering to a low-calorie diet
- morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
- Hypersensitivity to cold weather
- Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet
- muscle cramps while at rest
- increased susceptibility to colds and other viral or bacterial infections and difficulty recovering from them.
- slow wound healing
- excessive amount of sleep required to function properly
- chronic digestive problems
- itchy, dry skin
- dry or brittle hair
- hair falls out easily
- dry skin
- low body heat temperature
- swelling, especially of the face
- loss of the outer 1/3 of eyebrows
I am sure that at this point you are probably thinking, oh my gosh, I have half of those symptoms. Don’t worry, just because you have several symptoms does not mean that you have a faulty thyroid but you should definitely monitor not only your symptoms but KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! What I mean by know your numbers is that everybody should have an idea as what their blood chemistry looks like even if you don’t necessarily know what it means. That is why there are doctors in this world to help you understand. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor questions!