Your thyroid impacts your health! Patients often come to me tired, depressed, cold, or irritable, and are experiencing swollen joints and poor memory. They may be having difficulty losing weight, even though they have tried everything. They could have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, muscle cramps, or difficulty swallowing.
If so, they need to have their thyroid checked, as these symptoms may indicate low thyroid production or hypothyroidism.
Thyroid 101: The basics
Your thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes protein, and works with the sex hormones, adrenal glands and neurotransmitters (blood chemistry that affects our moods, mental function, and physical well-being).
Perhaps patients have had their thyroid lab done and the doctor said it was “normal.” It looks good on paper, but they know you are not well. Maybe they have even noticed hair loss. “It’s probably stress,” the doctor says, and that could be. However, since almost everyone today is feeling stressed, we would be a bald-headed nation if stress alone caused hair loss.
When you gradually get out of bed in the morning and the first thing you see in the mirror are your puffy eyes and swollen eyelids, you may have a thyroid issue. If the outermost part of your eyebrows is thinning or missing and your hair looks dry and brittle, you need a comprehensive thyroid panel.
Every cell in the body has receptor sites for thyroid hormones! If your thyroid gland is not functioning well, it can affect every organ in your body, often producing multiple symptoms.
The problem is, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, more than 57 million Americans suffer from a thyroid problem, but 50% go undiagnosed!
The good news is once you have the right tests done we can help you and your thyroid work better. With proper thyroid function, you can live an energetic, happy, healthy life without the above symptoms.
To learn more about hypothyroidism, give us a call 828-595-9880. We are here to help.