My week begins working 40hrs a week, getting home to cook for my son and me, doing mother’s duty, three times a week to the gym, and come back to study for my online classes for about 2hrs or until I fall asleep. The weekend, I work a 4hr. Part-Time job, do house cleaning and attend Sunday church, not to include the time I spend doing things with my son as I am a single parent. Can I be exhausted and dragging my feet at the end of the day or can it be I’m overloading myself? Oh Yes. However, how does it feel when your fatigue, exhausted, have difficulty sleeping, and unable to concentrate (brain fog) is doubled knowing that there is no one to count on and you have to it.
Some people find out when they feel out of place or not normal, that’s when you have to figure out what’s going on. Recently, I am becoming more aware of my thyroid conditions and the good news is that information of thyroid helps to bring much needed awareness to Hypothyroidism.
What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
The causes of hypothyroidism can be understated or not specific; it does not give you a clear signal for the thyroid problem. Approximately 60 percent of people with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
Most common symptoms for hypothyroidism checklist:
____ Gaining weight inappropriately
____ Unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
____ Constipated, sometimes severely
____ Feeling cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters.
____ Fatigued, exhausted, run down, sluggish, and restless
____ Skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
____ Swelling around the face area
____ Joint pains on hands and feet
____ Irregular menstrual cycles
____ Moods change frequently and feelings of worthlessness, depressed
____ I have difficulty concentrating and can’t to remember things
____ Losing interest in normal regular activities
____ Hair is falling out and nails dry and breaking
____ Snoring more loudly
____ Shortness of breath
____ Eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
If the thyroid is left untreated, symptoms can worsen and lead to life-threatening problems. The best way to find out if you have a thyroid condition, it’s recommendable to go to an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist specializes in diagnosing disease related to the glands. Most common condition are diabetes, thyroid disease, and metabolic disorders.
Bloodwork is useful in the diagnosis of thyroid problems. You are
going to have to be diligent and informative of what test and results mean. Following lab tests you can make sure that your doctor requests are: Thyroid Panel, TSH, Free T4 and Free T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO), Thyroglobulin (TgAb), Iron/Ferritin, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Homocysteine, Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, Hemoglobin AIC, and Cholesterol Panel. Once you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, your doctor will then be able to properly start you with thyroid replacement hormone and the right dosage. Most common thyroid replacement medications are Synthroid (generic Levothyroxine) is a synthetic drug produce thyroid hormone that contains T4 that your body has to change into T3 which can take up to 10 days, and Nature-Thyroid (generic Armour-Thyroid) is a natural medication made from desiccated thyroid of pigs with contains both T3 and T4. In some cases, it takes the time to show effects once starting on thyroid replacement medication, for other it takes them a period of 6 months.
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