The thyroid plays a huge role in our body and how we feel on a daily basis. The hormones released by the thyroid control how our body uses food for energy, also known as our metabolism. Therefore, if we have a slow thyroid, called Hypothyroidism, our brain, heart, muscles, liver, and other parts of your body may be working slowly as well. If our body works too slowly, we are not going to feel well!
Here are some unexpected symptoms of hypothyroidism:
Changes in the menstrual cycle – Your cycle can become longer, shorter or heavier than normal
Hair loss – You may experience all over hair thinning
Dry skin – Thyroid hormone plays a key role in skin health. Therefore, if you have an imbalance you may see changes in your skin.
Frequent constipation – Yep, the slow thyroid can slow down digestion making you constipated
Memory problems – Hypothyroidism can slow down the brain and make it hard to focus.
Depression – Underactive thyroid can compromise mood which can lead to depression
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight – Slow thyroid = slow metabolism which means we don’t burn as many calories at rest. Therefore, if metabolism slows down but our food intake stays the same, we could gain weight.
Sensitivity to cold – Feeling cold when everyone else is comfortable is one of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid.
If you have 3 or more of these underactive thyroid symptoms, you might want to have your thyroid tested!
Blue Sky MD does extensive thyroid hormone testing. We check not only your TSH levels but we also test T3, Reverse T3 and T4. Call us today to schedule your appointment!