If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your thyroid all that often. But if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be worth getting checked out for a potential thyroid problem: fatigue, weight gain or loss, depression, constipation, muscle weakness, and/or hair loss. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to find out if you have a thyroid problem – and we’ll walk you through them in this blog post. So keep reading to learn more!
Take a look at this checklist:
- Feeling tired all the time or more tired than usual, no matter how much you sleep
- Have been gaining weight, especially around your middle for no reason
- Periods and menstrual cycles have become irregular or have they stopped abruptly
- Have a hard time losing weight, even if you follow a special diet and exercise regularly
- Has your hair started to thin or follow up
- Have a feeling of constant anxiety or depression
- Is your skin dry and brittle?
- Do you suffer from frequent colds and infections
- Has your sex drive decreased dramatically?
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be time to get tested for thyroid problems.
The thyroid is a gland that produces two hormones: T4 and T3. T4 is the inactive hormone, which is converted to T3. The thyroid is located in the neck area, and its main function is to regulate metabolism. Thyroid hormones play an important role in body development, heart rate, and digestion. disorders of the thyroid can lead to weight gain or loss, hair loss, fatigue, and other symptoms.
T3 is the hormone that gets things done. It’s the one that goes into your cells and produces all of the thyroid’s benefits like increasing metabolism, boosting energy, maintaining weight, and improving brain function. T3 also promotes bone and heart health, making it an all-around powerhouse hormone.
If the thyroid is not functioning well, how will you know?
The thyroid panel
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is a hormone that the thyroid gland produces. TSH thyroid test helps to understand how well the thyroid gland is working. The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone in response to TSH from the pituitary gland which is located at the base of the brain. TSH levels are affected by many factors, including:
- some medicines
A high level of TSH may mean that the thyroid gland is not working properly. This can be due to:
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Graves’ disease
- benign thyroid nodules
A low level of TSH may mean that the thyroid gland is working too well. This can be due to certain types of thyroid cancer or a temporary inflammation of the thyroid (subacute thyroiditis).
Certain medical conditions, such as food allergies and liver disease can also cause abnormal TSH levels. The doctor will order more tests to confirm the diagnosis.
In thyroid function, it’s important to understand that not all tests are created equal. TSH alone is not enough to give a full picture. You also need to have free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibodies tested, as well as reverse T3. This will give you a much fuller understanding of how your thyroid is functioning. Without all of this information, you could be missing an important piece of the puzzle.
There are many reasons why your thyroid may not be working properly and the most common is a lack of production from thyroids. Some doctors only check for TSH. But if it’s normal, even though you’re having problems, they might say you have “normal” levels. This is because your body can’t use the hormone efficiently. This is because there aren’t enough sources providing materials needed at different periods during development.
94% of your thyroid hormone is inactive on T4, which has to be converted into an active one – levothyroxine so that you can have good effects. You would like this information for a better understanding and knowing what’s going on with regards to where there may potentially be some problems or issues within the body’s metabolism.
You also need knowledge about thyroid antibody levels alongside free T3 and T4 enzyme activity; these will help provide insight when trying different treatment options.
Thyroid hormones are essential for maintaining your energy levels and mood. If you’re experiencing any symptoms other than an obvious medical issue, it’s best to see a doctor who is knowledgeable about these things so they can determine what may be causing them or whether there’s another explanation altogether.
If you’re experiencing some of the symptoms on this list, it might be time to check your thyroid function. Fortunately, checking your thyroid is a relatively straightforward process – all you need is a blood test. And if you do have a problem with your thyroid, don’t worry! We can work with someone knowledgeable about how to treat thyroid problems and get you feeling like yourself again in no time.
So if any of these symptoms apply to you, please schedule a free discovery call today and let us help you take the next step towards finding out what’s going on. Thank you for reading!
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