Have you been waking up like you haven’t slept at all the night before? Are you exhausted all day and can’t figure it out?
What about weight gain for seemingly no apparent reason? Or weight loss?
Have you felt very forgetful lately? Have you felt confused or any brain fog lately?
Let me tell you now!
Go get your thyroid check out right now. If these things continue to baffle you or you can’t seem to get enough sleep.
If you are asking what is your thyroid, it is a little butterfly shaped gland in the front of your throat.
The hormones it creates, or refuses to create are needed to run your entire system.
If your thyroid is not doing it’s job creating energy for you or creating too much, it can create havoc for you.
It can actually kill you if it is not working properly!
My GP was worried about me when my graves disease was not taken care of. She told me she was worried I would have a heart attack if my endocrinologist didn’t take care of it.
Here is a list of thyroid symptoms,
- unexplained exhaustion
- weight gain for no reason
- always feel cold
- broken dry hair
- cranky- mood swings
- dry skin
- cracked heels
- can’t concentrate as usual
- heavy menstruation
- low immune system (always seeming to catch every bug that goes around)
Graves/ Hyper Thyroid
- Thinning hair
- mood swings/ aggression
- heart palpitations
- fast heart rate
- high blood pressure
- enlarged eyeballs
- gritty eyes when blinking
- extreme weight loss
- Lack of menstruation or very light
- difficulty breathing
If you have any of the above symptoms in the list that almost seem to come out of nowhere for some, do not hesitate to get your thyroid checked.
Do not hesitate to ask for a specialist. And endocrinologist. Remember their are more of them where they came from if anyone of your physicians ignore you.
You know how you ordinarily feel. And if you are struggling to get through your day due to your thyroid, you deserve the care you need to get back to your daily routine.
I can tel you it may be a long journey and very difficult to find a doctor to listen.
I recently read an article from Harvard physicians. And they stated they listen to a patients experience and not just reference ranges in blood work.
I wish I had that physician to begin with.
If you have an autoimmune disease, depending on what it is, you may end up having thyroid autoimmune to your list.
Do not ignore the list of symptoms I listed for you above.
For some reason lupus patients have a high likely hood of also getting autoimmune thyroid to their list.
I had symptoms of lupus for quite along time. I was getting frustrated with trying to find answers. After quite a few flares with malaria rash included I ended up in a shanoodle.
After one of my flares packed up and left me finally, I ended up gaining weight for no reason.
I went from a size two to a size six in a matter of two months.
I was very confused because I am not a big eater and had;t changed my diet in years.
I eat to live and not live to eat. My career at the time also left me very busy and I usually ate once a day.
So I was very confused to say the least.
My malar rash was ignored. And I tried working out as hard as I could after a flare to lose the weight and get some of my strength back.
I could not lose any weight whatsoever. And I started to lose an almost photographic memory.
Though some of my other autoimmune diseases that are in so called diagnosis limbo can cause memory issues as well, thyroid added to them isn’t great.
I ended up getting pregnant with my now ex. Although we planned a few years ahead the baby was on their way.
But just before I was pregnant I was barely able to get out of bed. After I was pregnant I had more symptoms of thyroid problems.
My ex at the time was not understanding at all. many of you may feel your significant other might not understand your new found exhaustion either.
If I would have known it was not just a case of my body needing sleep I think I could have had a diagnosis in that country.
I wish I would have pursued it there rather than finding lumps on my thyroid just after my baby was born.
Just after the baby I lost all my weight in about a month. And then I gained about 70lbs extremely fast.
Doctors were not listening to me. I had given them many symptoms of thyroid issues. And even when pregnant they never checked me at all.
I was sent for a ultrasound on my throat a few months after my baby was born because I noticed a lump on my throat, and they found two thyroid nodules and an enlarged thyroid.
It took four years from that date to find out I had Hashimotos.
They kept telling me I was fine. But I was not fine!
My thyroid has since changed to Graves disease, and I wonder if I had my graves for a long time as I had symptoms of graves disease but no weight loss.
They are known to go back and forth and totally render the owner of that thyroid angry, confused, tired, exhausted, and barely able to keep up with their daily life.
If you have greaves disease you are likely to have weakness in your thighs, fast heart rate, inability to sleep at night, heart palpitations that can lead to heart failure.
I lost 50 lbs in one month after switching to graves from hashimotos. In the following month I lost 25 lbs, and after another two months I managed to lose another 15lbs.
Although I was happy to wear my size 2 clothing again. I had much healthier ways to lose weight.
I ended up having a double dose of weakness agfter my embolectomy. I was incredibly hot. I love summer but was unable to enjoy the heat discomfort I had because of graves disease.
I apparently had bug eyes that I never noticed growing. My doctor said Graves disease patients don’t notice their eye changes.
Also thyroid sufferers can run around as moody angry people and not understand why they are so angry.
It messes with your hormones folks!
I ended up needed heart medications bevcause my thyroid was ignored for many years.
No one paid attention to my symptoms until my heart rate was through the roof along with my blood pressure during an embolectomy, that the surgeons could not figure out until I told them I had ignored thyroid.
So please whether you are male or female, do not ignore any symptoms of thyroid disease.
Ask your doctor to check you for autoimmune thyroid disease if you are diagnosed.
Many doctors do not want to check you. Shop for a new doctor until you drop if you must.
It can save your life to get one who will properly diagnose you before you have a near death experience.
I found out I have something called protein S deficiency. And I think that the blood pressure from my thyroid may have helped give me blood clots.
Do not ignore your thyroid. If your doctor ignores your symptoms fire them sooner than later!
If you have to drive out of state, or leave the country entirely to find a doctor to take your seriously, I say do it.