Signs of a Thyroid Problem - Tell Tale Symptoms that Indicate Issues
There are many tell-tale signs of a thyroid problem that often go undetected. This is due to a wide range of symptoms that may also be associated with other ailments.
In the US alone, there are more than 30 million people... and millions more globally, who have no clue they’ve got issues at all. Unfortunately, the longer problems persist, the more signs you will display and the worse you may feel.
An under-active or over active-thyroid can impair just about every aspect of your health. In fact, some people volley between low and high functioning thyroid, especially people with Hashimoto’s. One day they have hypothyroid symptoms, but the next day they display hyperthyroid symptoms. This can eventually lead to thyroid exhaustion, which means your thyroid could stop functioning altogether.
Why is the Thyroid Gland Important?
Your thyroid is your metabolic ‘fat burning’ gland. It is considered to be the master gland for regulating the endocrine (hormonal) system. If it is NOT producing enough hormones to influence other areas, it's referred to as hypothyroidism. On the other hand, too much thyroid production creates hyperthyroidism. Either way, you may be showing signs of a thyroid problem.
If you can’t seem to lose a single pound, even though you’re desperately trying, you may be victim to what’s called 'fat burnout'. Your metabolism may be stuck and your thyroid is assumed to be very low functioning.
Your thyroid gland is extremely sensitive to environmental factors (halogens) including but not limited to: fluoride, bromide, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, chlorine, and perchlorate. (Jet fuel that's found in high amounts in our food, water and air.) The heavy use of pharmaceutical drugs can also influence how the thyroid functions.
Fluoride is found in toothpaste and water supplies but it's also more abundantly used in pesticides that's sprayed on produce and grains. Bromides are a processed food enhancer widely used today in breads, pasta, and most bakery items as brominated flour. The problem is that bromine is a toxic halide-additive that blocks your body from absorbing and replenishing its iodine reserves.
If halogens are occupying the iodine receptor sites on your T3 and T4, your TSH levels may show as normal. Unfortunately, the TSH test cannot detect whether the thyroid hormone receptor sites have iodine or the other halogens. This is fundamental when considering thyroid function.
These influences alone are reasons why blood tests for thyroid problems are often inconclusive or just plain wrong. Unfortunately, doctors will often overlook classic thyroid symptoms if your thyroid test comes back within normal ranges. There are millions of people today showing signs of a thyroid problem but are totally unaware of it. This is because of the many flaws in physician's understanding the basic function of the thyroid gland and the flaws in thyroid testing.
Your Thyroid Gland
Every single cell in the human body has receptor sites for thyroid hormone.
Hypothyroidism leads to digestive problems and can be found in people who have a lower than normal basal body temperature of 97.8°.
There is a REAL and intimate connection between the thyroid and other hormones.
Low thyroid hormone can negatively impact neurotransmitters and can cause low dopamine levels.
Low thyroid function leads to elevated cholesterol, triglycerides and gallstones.
There’s a much greater risk of mental retardation in children whose mothers had low thyroid function (and/or iodine deficiency) during pregnancy.
Classic Signs of a Thyroid Problem
Throat soreness or throat fullness.
Ever feel like you’ve got a pill stuck in your throat? Maybe you’ve developed a hoarse voice or you've noticed swelling or soreness in your throat? These are classic signs of Goiter, which implies low iodine levels. If your thyroid needs more iodine but can't find it, it will often swell looking for more. (This happened to me when I was iodizing. I laid off iodine for a few days and the signs of a thyroid problem (goiter) resolved.)
You can check to see if you’ve got a swollen thyroid at home.
Home Test for Thyroid Swelling
Get a glass of water and go stand in the bathroom while you look in the mirror. Make sure you can visibly see all of your neck, down to the collarbone. Tilt your head backwards and take a sip of water at the same time. Take notice of how your throat looks while you swallow. If you see any bulges or enlargement, you have a swollen thyroid. Iodine is the best protocol. You may also want to visit your doctor.
*This is a favorite post in favor of iodine supplementation. It really speaks volumes about our deathcare healthcare system:
Jan from Buffalo, NY writes: "Lugol's cure for Hyperthyroidism. - 2 years ago I went to the doctor for fast pulse rate. Resting it was 105 to 110 bpm. He sent me to an endocrinologist who recommended the radioactive pill approach to killing the thyroid. I asked him about Iodine. He was very specific about how dangerous it would be to treat it with Iodine. I went home and ordered a bottle of Lugol's from the internet and three days later having taken doses for 3 days, my pulse rate was below 75 and the swollen throat had subsided. It was common goiter. The allopathic treatment seems to be kill the thyroid and take T4 for the rest of your life. There should be a law against the quackery practiced in modern medicine. What a waste of 12 years of education."
Chronic diarrhea and IBS can signal hyperthyroidism, while chronic constipation is most often associated with hypothyroidism.
Changes in hair or skin.
Your integumentary system is especially vulnerable to thyroid changes. If your hair has become brittle or dry, falls out easily, you notice sparse hair on your outer eyebrows, or if your skin has become scaly and dry, you may have hypothyroidism.
On the opposing side, if you experience sudden hair loss (for no particular reason) or your skin seems unusually thin or fragile, you may have hyperthyroidism.
Low energy and exhaustion, even with proper sleep, or frequently needing/wanting to take an afternoon nap, are signs of a thyroid problem. (includes hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.) In hyperthyroidism specifically, you may not be able to sleep at night and therefore feel like a zombie during the day. (called nighttime insomnia)
Weight fluctuations and weight problems.
If you’re eating the same amount of food you’ve always eaten but gaining weight or if you’re losing weight but eating more, you may have thyroid issues. Weight changes, whether significant or slight, are signs of a thyroid problem.
On the other hand, if you’ve tried every plan on the books to lose weight and can’t seem to budge the scales, you’re most probably hypothyroid.
Unexplained muscular and joint pains.
If you know you don’t have arthritis but experience muscle pains, (including the arms, hands, or legs), joint pains, or sudden jolting pains, you may have a low functioning thyroid.
Short, infrequent, or light menstruation signals hyperthyroidism. Having heavy, more frequent periods signals hypothyroidism. Inability to conceive or infertility can also mean underlying signs of a thyroid problem.
Changes in your mental state.
If you often feel depressed or anxious, or if you suffer from panic attacks, these are classic signs of a thyroid problem. In hyperthyroidism, high anxiety and panic attacks may become an issue. In hypothyroidism, depression may develop, which might be caused by unexplained low energy levels.
Natural Ways to Simulate Thyroid Function
Even the Mayo Clinic suggests taking iodine, which is essential for the production of ALL thyroid hormones. Your body does not naturally produce iodine, so it HAS to come from outside sources. Seaweed, kelp and saltwater fish and shrimp are good sources of iodine.
You can also stimulate the thyroid by tapping on the bone plate above the thyroid gland several times a day or soaking your feet in seawater, a natural source of iodine. If you don’t have seawater available to you, add a drop or two of Lugols Iodine Solution in purified water.
Going gluten free and eliminating soy from your diet are natural ways to stimulate thyroid function.
Iodine is the BEST source for boosting thyroid hormone production. Some doctors recommend nascent iodine but Lugol’s work’s just as well. (I use Lugols and buy it from Amazon.com to save money.) However, you will need to supplement with vitamins and minerals if you’re taking iodine. Vitamin C, selenium, boron, and vitamin D3 are essential nutrients if you’re supplementing iodine.
(You can find our more about the iodine protocol in this free ebook. Following the iodine protocol is the best way to safely detoxify heavy metals. *Note – I have just updated the ebook and once I get it in place, there will be a cost involved. Act now to get it for free!)
Reduce stress levels. Reason? Anxiety and stress increases your body’s production of cortisol, which inhibits T3 thyroid hormone from absorbing into cells. Even if your T3 blood test comes back within normal ranges, your cells may still be at a deficit. This is due to the broad ranges they use when testing for thyroid function.
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
Some of the classic signs of a thyroid problem are: problems losing weight, having cold hands and feet, rough, dry skin, hoarse voice, poor concentration, tingling in legs and arms, puffy face or puffy under eyes, feeling depressed or ‘bluesy’, swelling up for no apparent reason, or ongoing constipation. This is called hypothyroidism.
Other signs of a thyroid problem are: rapid heart beat, feeling lethargic, shallow breathing, hot, itchy and sweaty palms, difficulty sleeping, bulging eyes, pain or discomfort in the neck, nervousness, irritability, tremor, excessive sweating, muscle weakness, swelling at the base of the neck (goiter), hair loss, and weight loss. This is classic hyperthyroidism.
Treating Thyroid Problems
SYNTHROID (Thyroxin) is a low dose T4, and is the worst treatment available for thyroid deficiency for most (if not all) patients. The PDR (Physician's Desk Reference) warns that SYNTHROID can cause hypothyroidism.
CYTOMEL and natural Armour brand dessicated thyroid (both are T3) increase the synthesis of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and RNA, which naturally increases your BMR. T3 hormones play a vital role in your body's fat burning ability.
Also, check out this video when you can! It explains a LOT!
So the question begs. Do you have any of these signs of a thyroid problem? If so, you must take steps today to remedy the situation. Your health is always dependent on the actions you take or don't take.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.