One specific area of hormonal health which we are seeing a rising number of health issues are in the area of the thyroid and thyroid disease management.
Thyroid disease is often misunderstood leading to a misdiagnosis and mistreatment of thyroid symptoms in women. Most patients are diagnosed as hypo-thyroid and given a synthetic form of thyroid hormone. One of the problems with this is that the thyroid was looked at as its own entity and not seen as a part of a greater whole within the endocrine system. Thyroid symptoms in women are but a slice of the proverbial larger pie.
The thyroid is only a part, albeit important one, of the delicately balanced endocrine system which is very sensitive to the environment and nutrition a person comes in contact with. Another way to look at thyroid disease is an unbalancing of the endocrine system. Most patients given synthetic thyroid hormone will not have great long-term management of their condition, their labs may appear “normal” but they still experience thyroid symptoms.
Symptoms of hypo-thyroid include:
- Increased menstrual flow and symptom
- Tiredness and waking feeling tired
- Intolerance to cold
- Decreased metabolism-slow increase in weight over time and/or the inability to lose weight.
- Constipation/decreased GI motility
- Enlarged thyroid gland (swelling in the neck)
- Loss of outside 1/3 of the eyebrow
- Slow reflexes (clinically tested)
Thyroid function can also be altered by imbalances in adrenal gland function, an excess of estrogen, poor nutritional status and even liver issues. The endocrine system is a very delicate and complex system with one organ system relying on others to do their job correctly. If there is disharmony anywhere the entire system will suffer and you will have symptoms. The key is to get to the bottom of the issue as quickly and accurately as possible to get you feeling better fast.