Signs of a Thyroid Problem

Updated: Sep 5, 2019

Do you struggle to lose weight? Are you constipated? Do you often feel drained, fatigued, anxious or depressed? Are you suffering from brain fog and becoming forgetful? Are you overly sensitive to cold? If the answer is yes, it may be time to get your thyroid checked.

The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland in the middle of your lower neck plays a very important role in your life. It produces hormones that influence every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.

Your thyroid regulates your metabolism and affects critical body functions, such as your energy levels, heart rate, moods and fertility. Your thyroid gland is also involved in gastrointestinal function, blood-sugar regulation, stomach-acid production, brain chemistry and liver detoxification. So when your thyroid isn't functioning correctly, it can manifest in many different ways.

If you suspect you may have a thyroid problem brewing, the first step is to get blood tests done. Your local GP surgery may only offer standard tests which might not necessarily fully assess your thyroid hormone function. So, when I say blood tests, I am referring to a comprehensive blood pathology panel that will assess your TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, Thyroid Antibodies and SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin). At Merrifield Wellness we carry out comprehensive serum (blood) Pathology Testing. 'Hypo' or 'Hyper' thyroid signs often go undetected at the Doctor's surgery because generally they won't treat a problem, until there is a problem! If your test results indicate that you have sub-clinical thyroid markers we will write you a treatment plan to alleviate some of the many common symptoms you may be experiencing.  

A number of things could compromise optimal thyroid function. Some of the main culprits in today's modern world are:

  1. Imbalance in the intestinal microbial population

  2. Leaky Gut - also known as intestinal permeability

  3. Food Sensitivity (allergy and sensitivity testing available at Merrifield Wellness)

  4. Nutrient Deficiencies

  5. Chronic Stress

  6. Adrenal Insufficiency

Some of the common symptoms and signs of a thyroid problem are as follows:

  • feeling run down or sluggish

  • fatigue or exhaustion

  • depression

  • difficulty concentrating

  • brain fog

  • weight gain

  • dry, coarse or itchy skin

  • dry, coarse / thinning hair

  • brittle nails

  • feeling cold

  • constipation

  • muscle cramps

  • muscle loss

  • irregular menstrual flow

  • low libido (sex drive)

  • infertility and miscarriage

The symptoms listed above can be symptoms of hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease but they can also be symptoms of other diseases, disorders, and conditions. In order to know whether you have thyroid problems or some other medical issues, you should get a full thyroid pathology testing.

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