The Thyroid: What's going on?
I wish I had a simple answer to this...it's a different puzzle with everyone.
Our thyroid gland is very important and can be responsible for many complaints. However, when we have thyroid complaints, we usually do not look for the cause. Fortunately, we can do extensive research into this. Unlike your doctor who usually only looks at the TSH and sometimes at the T4.
The long-term consequences of thyroid problems may include:
What can you do yourself?
If after reading the following you suspect that your symptoms are caused by an abnormal thyroid gland, ask for an extensive thyroid test to measure the blood values TSH, FT4, T4, FT3 or T3. You will receive blood tubes by mail at home together with an address of a blood sampling point in your neighborhood.
If you want to discuss the results we can make a separate appointment, this is also possible by phone.
Symptoms that may be related to the thyroid gland
As you will see, all processes in the body are under the direction of the thyroid gland and have everything to do with hormones. Indirectly, the thyroid is also related to your breast health and you can get an estrogen dominance.
If you recognize yourself in the symptoms below, it might be wise to act preventively by checking whether these are thyroid symptoms before more serious complaints arise:
- Fatigue, lethargy and exhaustion.
- Hypersensitivity (easily overstimulated).
- You'd rather be lazy and uninspiring.
The production of energy in the form of ATP decreases. This is at the cellular level and therefore at our physical, mental and emotional levels.
- Sleep problems, and not waking up rested (Hormone imbalance).
- Disturbed biorhythms, which are so important for your repair and hormonal balance.
- Depression and burnout (Hormone imbalance).
- Lightheadedness and or dizziness (in adrenal exhaustion and chronic stress load).
- Being easily irritated.
- Reduced sex drive (hormone imbalance).
- More hot flashes (Hormone imbalance).
Hold on to your moisture.
- Swollen thyroid gland / neck ( goitre).
- Fluid retention in the ankles and hands, and gaining weight.
- Swollen and "puffy" face.
- Drooping eyelids.
- Thirsty and dry mouth.
Cold hands feet, not having a constant, optimal temperature.
- Lowered temperature in the morning (36.0 or lower).
- Feeling cold very quickly (especially the hands and feet).
- Shortness of breath and sweating a lot and being hot in hot weather (Hormone imbalance).
- Tremors all over the body, tremors.
Variable metabolism. Enzymes that regulate the speed and effectiveness of digestion, among other things.
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain (Hormone imbalance).
- Constipation or diarrhoea.
- Heavy feeling in the stomach.
- Persistent hunger (Hormone imbalance).
- Elevated cholesterol.
Hair and nails.
- Thinning hair, poor skin and nails.
- Dry, lackluster, aging & brittle hair.
- Hair loss (head hair, but especially eyebrows).
- Fragile weak, brittle sometimes ridged slowly growing nails.
- Flaky, rough, pale, thick and/or dry skin.
- Vitiligo (loss of skin pigmentation as small white spots).
- Itchy skin, for no apparent reason
Problems with pregnancy, menstruation & growth.
- Retarded growth in infants and young children.
- Disrupted development in pregnancy.
- Menstrual disorders and menstrual cramping (Hormone disruption).
- Growth retardation and "dwarfism".
- Arrhythmia, Slow or fast or irregular heartbeat (the pumping power of the heart).
- High or low blood pressure.
- Respiratory problems and oxygen deficiency.
- Pressure and burning sensation in the chest.
Deteriorated thinking skills.
- Nervousness and confusion.
- Slow, forgetfulness and memory loss not being able to think clearly (Hormone imbalance).
- Loss of perspective.
- Loss of coordination and orientation.
Pain; inflammation is sometimes thyroid symptoms.
- Inflamed thyroid.
- Difficulty swallowing or lump in throat.
- Large and/or thick tongue.
- Varicose veins or rosacea.
- Vague "aches" and pains
- Tendinitis in the arms and legs.
- Stiff, weak and painful muscles of arms and legs.
- Pain in joints and muscle aches, muscle cramps. Injuries.
- Difficulty moving.
And I could go on and on...