Known as the master gland, the butterfly-shaped thyroid sits in a notch just below your throat. Its hormones affect many systems and functions, including:
• Brain development
• Breathing, heart and nervous system
• Blood cell production
• Muscle and bone strength
• Body temperature
• Menstrual cycle
• Weight gain and loss
• Cholesterol levels
• Skin hydration
So it makes sense that thyroid imbalances can make your life seem entirely off-kilter. The most common form of thyroid imbalances is hypothyroidism. It occurs when your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone to support your daily activities.
Women often call us because they are feeling thyroid symptoms, but have been told by their doctors that “everything looks fine”.
Thyroid-related issues can arise at any age and may not necessarily show up on routine lab tests.
Subclinical hypothyroidism is a term used when someone is experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism but whose blood test results are still in the “normal range” for thyroid hormone production.
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you do have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.
At first, you may barely notice the symptoms, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older.
But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. They may include:
• Severe fatigue, loss of energy
• Weight gain, difficulty losing weight
• Depression and depressed mood
• Joint and muscle pain, headaches
• Dry skin, brittle nails
• Brittle hair, itchy scalp, hair loss
• Irregular periods, PMS symptoms
• Calcium metabolism difficulties
• Difficulty tolerating cold and lower body temperature
• Sleeping more than average
• Diminished sex drive
• Puffiness in face and extremities
• Bruising/clotting problems
• Allergies that suddenly appear or get worse
• Persistent cold sores, boils or breakouts
• Tingling sensation in wrists and hands that mimics carpal tunnel syndrome
• Memory loss, fuzzy thinking, difficulty following conversation or train of thought