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Welcome to another episode of Rock Bottom Wellness. I’m your host, Tiffany Flaten. Today, I’m on my own talking about the Top 8 Thyroid Symptoms and Cure. But, does a cure actually exist?
This is a topic I know all too well about. In fact, I believe I struggled with un-diagnosed thyroid symptoms until I was diagnosed with cancer in my 30s. That’s when the symptoms I was having were highlighted and then in talking with so many other people and reading so many books about this condition, I realized that I had ALL of them. And so do many others. I could probably talk about 101 symptoms but I work holistically with people and I really try to help people manage their stress. So, we’re going to stick with only eight.
2. Weight Gain/Weight Loss Resistance. When you have depressed thyroid function, your metabolism tanks. Instead, any energy your body has is used for basic function. It’s not really up for burning the energy you take in in the form of calories and the body is really efficient at storing any excess as fat. This combined with the body’s overall decreased energy burning leads to weight gain. Often, this can be between 15-30 pounds within a year of a hypothyroidism diagnosis. If you eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise and you’re gaining weight, your thyroid could very well be the culprit. In this case, take a look at other areas of your life that could be impacting your weight and find someone who will look at all the thyroid numbers and not just your TSH and T4.
3. Joint pain and muscle weakness. When your metabolism is down-regulated, it causes a process called catabolism which is a breakdown of tissue to be used for energy. When this happens in thyroid patients, muscle weakness is a common complaint as well as pain in the joints. Muscle cramps can also be common in thyroid patients even when not associated with recent exercise. This is why it is SO important to get the right testing and the right treatment so you can handle the right exercise that is beneficial and helps maintain muscle mass and your joints healthy.
Loss of Hair. This is one that I hear about all the time and is one of the tell-tale signs for me when my thyroid meds aren’t on par. It’s also one of the symptoms I’ve noticed is ignored when talking with health care practitioners about symptoms that could be related to thyroid. I’m not sure why. It happens to 40% of patients that are 40 years and older. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1497160/) There can be other hormonal issues that contribute to hair loss but if accompanied by some of the other things mentioned, it’s likely that your thyroid is low functioning.
What’s the Cure?
First, let’s define “cure.” Here’s a couple.
People often shy away from using the word cure. But once you find out if your thyroid isn’t functioning well, we can “cure” these symptoms in part by looking at nutrient deficiencies. This is where I come in. When you look at cellular level nutrients and analyze them under the lens of the individuals’ symptoms, you can go a long way to giving relief to the patient. It can happen in quite a short order, actually. It’s so important to know this information and have a plan that fits your specific needs. Thyroid patients struggle so much and feel unsupported and alone so much of the time. I’m often the last resort for people. And, I’m happy to say, most of the people I work with get relief of their condition when they have the right support in play which may include thyroid meds, targeted nutrition as well as an assessment of other hormones. So, in the end, if you are relieved of your symptoms and you start feeling amazing and improving your overall health and wellness, would you say you’re cured? Cure is different than done...you may have to keep working on your health but when you understand the information discussed here, you are a long way to long-term health.