Have you ever experienced a cluster of symptoms and thought ‘oh my god what is wrong with me’ or something along those lines. Well to be honest, there’s a good chance that it could be related to your thyroid.
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located near the throat that controls just about every function in the body, from energy levels to pooping (yes I said it, pooping)! A normal, functioning thyroid signals the release of the correct amount of hormones, TSH, T3 and T4. However, an ‘underactive’ thyroid does not signal for enough of these hormones whereas an ‘overactive’ thyroid signals for too much production.
Each of these conditions can progress to more severe problems! Whilst many people who suffer from an underactive thyroid or Hashimoto’s would love to have a bit of the overactive thyroid from time to time (increased energy levels, weight loss etc), an overactive thyroid can actually place great stress on the heart and eventually burns out into an underactive thyroid anyway.
I suffer from Hashimoto’s, which is the autoimmune disease whereby the thyroid gland is attacked by your own immune system, leading to worsened symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Both underactive and overactive thyroid have unique, and often bizarre, symptoms.
Given these conditions are often not acknowledged by traditional western doctors, they are mostly left untreated or passed off as something else. Thankfully, through the help of a good nutritional doctor, my body is replaced, via T3 only therapy, and therefore able to function like a normal person (for most of the time, anyway).
Autoimmune diseases like to attack in what are called ‘flare-ups’; which are where your symptoms return and worsen for a few days. These attacks can be brought on by a number of things like eating gluten, sugar or legumes, stress, changes in weather, poor sleep or late nights, alcohol and many other things!
Basically, if you experience even the slightest change in your daily routine, you can experience a flare up! But, for the most time, I don’t experience many of the symptoms I had prior to medication! Anyway, I have put together a list of the weird and wacky symptoms that are common to underactive thyroids as well as its progression to Hashi’s!