The thyroid is a gland located in the front of the neck. It is responsible for the regulation of many metabolic processes in the body.
However, approximately 27 million Americans suffer from some kind of a thyroid problem, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves’ and Hashimoto’s disease, etc.
Thyroid disorders usually cause the thyroid to produce either too little or too much of the thyroid hormone that regulates a number of activities in the body, such as how fast the heart beats or how fast the body burns calories.
Hypothyroidism Is One of the Most Common Thyroid Disorders:
Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disorder that is characterized by underproduction of the thyroid hormone. This thyroid problem occurs when the thyroid gland does not create enough thyroid hormones.
Unfortunately, almost all doctors use the reference ranges from the lab to detect whether the thyroid operates properly or not. But, keep in mind that normal and optimal ranges are quite different.
In addition, you doctor should take into consideration all your symptoms as well as order several blood tests, including: TSH, free t3, free t4, reverse t3, free t3 to reverse t3 ratio, sex hormone binding globulin, and thyroid antibodies, to check your thyroid.
Here Are 10 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
Inability to lose weight or unexplainable weight gain
Fatigue that does not go away with rest
Hormonal imbalances like irregular periods, low sex drive, PMS, or infertility
Mood disorders like depression, anxiety, or mood swings
Joint pain, muscle aches, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome
Excessive hair loss, brittle nails, or dry and cracked skin
Cold feet and hands, a body temperature below 98.5 or feeling cold all the time
Hoarse voice, snoring, or neck swelling
Mental issues like poor memory, poor concentration, or brain fog