An increase of (mostly) women are presenting with undiagnosed or ‘subclinical’ thyroid problems. Their symptoms can be subtle or obvious; they present with one or more symptoms; their thyroid gland maybe over or under- active or fluctuate between. They are generally tired, moody and carrying extra weight, or thinner with heart racing, trembling and anxious.
When clients present to the Doctor, often pathology tests come back ‘within the normal limits’. TSH -thyroid stimulating hormone has to over 3.5 or under 0.3mU/L to be considered a problem-a very wide range. T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) the main thyroid hormones are not tested initially. When TSH is over 3.5 mU/L, (hypothyroidism) the medical treatment is T4, which helps initially but is just substituting a hormone, not dealing with the ongoing problem. If TSH is under 3.5 and not a ‘medical condition’, the symptoms still exist and become increasingly frustrating, as the thyroid gland regulates heat production in the body and the whole body’s metabolism slows down.
This is a complex situation as thyroid hormones are regulated and constantly adjusting to a very sensitive feedback loop involving the hypothalamus (brain), pituitary and adrenal glands. Big contributors to this common condition include; stress, worry, pregnancy, trauma, tap water (fluoride and chlorine), soya, but seems mostly due to inadequate dietary intake of iodine and selenium.
If you have 1 or more symptoms contact Vanessa for a Thyroid check or treatment options.
- Fatigue, depression, anxiety, mood swings
- Cold or heat intolerance
- Weight gain or loss
- Tremor and/or heart racing
- Memory loss or poor concentration
- Hair loss or thinning, dry skin, sore eyes
- Infertility or menstrual disorders, low sex drive
- Muscle / joint pain/carpel tunnel
- Slow or fast metabolism, digestion problems
- Goitre/swollen throat region/ nodules/enlarged thyroid gland