Do you have signs of a low thyroid problem you’re thinking of having checked out? It’s important to seek care for any health-related symptoms, and this includes those typically associated with low thyroid.
Some of the symptoms low thyroid patients notice include:
- Lethargy; chronic fatigue
- Depression and/or anxiety
- PMS or menopausal symptoms
- Muscular and/or joint pains
- Heart disease
- Digestive disorders
- Hair loss
- Dry or itchy skin; eczema or rashes
- Low libido
- Cold hands and feet
- Weight gain
- Inability to lose weight despite diet and exercise
- Memory problems or brain fog
In reviewing this list, you may notice that many of these low thyroid signs are commonly associated with other conditions–or the simple fact of aging. Women often assume many symptoms of low thyroid are inevitable due to menopause. Yet it’s never a good idea to suffer with health problems, even if they seem ‘minor.’
If you find yourself taking the attitude that you must ‘learn to live with’ feeling extra tired, irritable or depressed, or with aches and pains you didn’t used to have, seek out health care. Nothing will be gained by taking a ‘wait and see’ approach and delays may make care for low thyroid or other conditions more challenging.
Most people understand that the thyroid plays a big role in metabolism regulation. A significant weight gain for no apparent reason, lack of energy or low sex drive are some of the symptoms that commonly prompt low thyroid patients to seek care for their condition.
Yet the lesser-known symptoms that seem unrelated to the thyroid are also important indicators of problems your body may be having related to thyroid function. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of your symptoms, even if you think they seem irrelevant or unrelated to your thyroid. If you seek out support from your regular medical care provider, it’s likely you will be tested for thyroid problems through blood work. Tests will be used to determine whether or not the problem is thyroid related, or possibly something else. However, some thyroid conditions require a much more in-depth approach to evaluation and care.
If you are told your thyroid is ‘fine’ based on blood work results but you still have symptoms, you may benefit from a more comprehensive approach to care. The same may be true if you are taking medication for low thyroid with little to no improvement in how you feel.
Patients seeking a more in-depth approach to their health and wellness may want to consider working with a functional medicine specialist to address thyroid symptoms. Very detailed testing will identify exactly what is going on in your body’s organs and systems, including the thyroid. Once you’ve been thoroughly evaluated through comprehensive testing and information received from you on how you feel, you can look forward to the type of care that will help you feel better. Customized therapy and support can improve your condition as quickly as possible and in the long term.