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Low Thyroid: Surprising Symptoms

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Are you familiar with these hypothyroidism symptoms? Many people associate low thyroid (also known as hypothyroidism) with symptoms like weight gain and thinning hair. But there are other symptoms that may surprise you, or that you may attribute to other causes. For instance, if you’ve struggled with chronic constipation that no amount of fiber can help, your thyroid might be the culprit! Other symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • A puffy face
  • Unexplained hoarseness in the voice
  • High cholesterol
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints
  • Tender muscles, aches and pains
  • Depression
  • Memory issues


Low Thyroid – Not All Tests Are Accurate

Even more surprising than the multitude of symptoms brought on by hypothyroidism is the fact that many doctors only order the 1970s-era TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test to check thyroid levels. Unfortunately, many people who receive “normal” TSH results actually DO have low thyroid, and are not getting proper treatment. In fact, some experts believe millions of people have gone (or are currently) undiagnosed for hypothyroidism. They experience symptoms but no true relief.

If you have been experiencing symptoms of low thyroid but your TSH test showed you are in the “normal” range, we suggest discussing further tests with your physician, including Free T3 and Free T4, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. Since low thyroid can also cause low adrenal gland function, a saliva adrenal cortisol test might be recommended as well.

Questions about thyroid symptoms, function and testing? Read more here or contact our office for an evaluation.

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