First some background: The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck just under the voice box. It produces hormones T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) responsible for driving energy production and metabolism in every cell in the body. Having the right amount is critical to good health and imbalances can manifest in many different ways depending on which tissue is affected. Thyroid hormone resistance cannot be detected on routine tests. Studies point out those levels of thyroid hormone can test normal in blood but may actually be low in the tissues that so desperately need it. For some patients with hypothyroidism, the TSH levels may not rise in the blood. The TSH will be perfectly normal or even low due to a variety of mechanisms. Routine tests then will be unable to detect it.
Many years (probably since childhood) I have suffered with symptoms of Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism was never detected by my Physicians since my blood test results as the Doctor described it were “within the normal levels”. And so over the years I dealt with weight gain, sluggishness, mental fog, energy loss, digestive issues, constipation, depression and irritability to name a few. At one point I was prescribed Anti Depressants and Stimulants to help me cope with the issues and “get through the day”. While on one hand the anti depressants made me feel good they also caused a skin condition which in the medical world is called Petechiae. These are small red or purple spots caused by bleedings in to the skin not to compare with age spots as these are brownish and caused by pigmentation. The vision of having internal bleedings scared me so I slowly stopped taking the anti depressants. Boom!! depression returned but since I still continued with stimulants at least I had lots of energy until I got a new batch of the amphetamines which literally put me to sleep two hours after taking it! Long story short a random visit with a new OBGYN finally got me on the right track by starting me on a low dose of Synthroid. My Doctor explained that I have all the symptoms’ of Hypothyroidism but do not show real deficiency in the tests results. He explained that there are a lot of people who are “a symptomatic low thyroid” and just like me do not get diagnosed and do not get treated. Since I started with the lowest dose I am feeling like a different person. My focus improved, my memory is better, my energy and sleep improved tremendously. My physician and I are now working on finding the right dose. It is important to be really patient and listen to the body before taking more med’s since too much Synthroid can cause a whole bunch of other problems such as:
Tremor – uncontrolled shaking of hands, legs and facial muscles, Temperature sensitivity – unable to tolerate hot or warm environment, Anxiety, Chest pain, Diarrhea, Fever, Difficulty to focus, Hair loss, Insomnia, Headache, High Blood Pressure, Shortness of breath, Muscle weakness, Irritability, Hot flashes, Excessive sweating, Nervousness, Sleeplessness, Vomiting, Rapid heartbeat, Weight loss.
Not everyone experiences every symptom but it is good to be aware of them in order to recognize possible overmedication. While I was researching Synthroid I came across articles stating that people should never take it for weight loss!? Seriously? If the medicine is not necessary the body stops producing enough of its own so actually by feeding the body with something you do not need you stop producing it naturally. Taking this medication for weight loss and messing up the bodies natural production of hormones is a dangerous game.
In conclusion the easiest way to help the body function at its best next to taking the proper medication is eating a healthy diet and following a healthy Lifestyle. Changes do not happen over night it is important to be patient.
Below are a few foods which can help with Hypothyroidism.
Sea vegetables are a great source of iodine. Dulse seaweed has been found to offer the most consistent and highest concentrations of iodine. This purple-brown sea vegetable is full of potassium and is an excellent source of protein.Antioxidants – Blueberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other foods rich in antioxidants can improve overall health and benefit the thyroid gland. Eating foods high in B vitamins, like whole grains, may also help.Selenium is needed to produce the enzyme that makes thyroid hormones you can find it in Brazil nuts and Sunflower seeds.
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