Feeling Tired, Depressed and Easily Gaining Weight! Check your Thyroid.Jan 09 2016 | Nimulrith Seth EAMP
Thyroid hormone is crucial to all cellular functions in our body. A slight reduction impacts every aspect of our physiological functioning. Below are some symptoms that are commonly experience by those who have hypothyroidism.
Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
Always tired, even with 8 hours of sleep
Hormone imbalance, such as irregular periods or low sex drive
Weight gain or inability to lose weight
Cold hands and feet
Muscle or joint pain
Dry skin, brittle nails, or hair loss
Snoring or neck swelling
Loss of memory or brain fog
Detecting thyroid issues can be tricky. Proper diagnosis usually involves a series of cross testing (what’s cross testing?). Below are the tests that should be done comprehensively in order to properly detect changes in thyroid levels.
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
Free T4, inactive hormone that stops production of thyroid hormone
Free T3, causes metabolism and body temperature to rise
Reverse T3, elevated with stress
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb);
These antibodies will help to check for any thyroid autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, be sure to speak with your doctor and know which tests they are running to check if you are having a thyroid problem. Most doctors will only run a few tests, leading to misdiagnoses.