Hello and Welcome to Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid
Here at JADa Therapy my main goal is to share all that I have learned about living a healthy lifestyle with natural products that heal the body naturally.
I am not medically trained and I am not a scientist. I have done a lot of research over the years since I started living with a thyroid conditions and was amazed to find out that I did not need to have the radiation treatment that I had.
The radiation treatment only traded one thyroid condition for another. I was first diagnosed with overactive thyroid and after the treatment I then had underactive thyroid condition.
Only to find out during my research that it is easier to control an underactive thyroid, medically.
So I am sharing the methods that I use to help to reduce my synthetic medication. My goal is to totally come off this medication by getting it reduced until it cannot be reduced anymore and I am totally off them.
Then I would have reached my ultimate goal of healing my thyroid. YAY.
Popular Prescribed Medication
Did you know that Levothyroxine is the 3rd most popular drug in the UK and the most prescribed in the US.
In the UK alone the number of prescriptions has risen from 2.8 million in the 1998 to 19 million in 2007 and 29 million in 2014.
This means the cost per day has increased from less than £5,000 to more than £40,000.
I got this information from the British Thyroid Association and find it really interesting that they have put this information together with the cost rather than the cure. Just putting it out there.
Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid
The Symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) are very similar to other conditions and can at times be confused with another condition.
When I was first diagnosed my doctor at the time told me that I was suffering from depression. When I tried to tell him that I was not depressed, He dismissed what I had told him. I refused to take the anti-depressants he tried to prescribe to me.
It took about 18 months to get a doctor to actually listen to me and send me to get more tests and then they informed me that they were sorry, when the tests came back that I had an overactive thyroid. Go figure.
My thyroid became underactive after getting treatment. You could say that I just trading one for the other.
Symptoms are Similar to Other Conditions
This is because symptoms usually develop slowly and you may not actually realise that you have a condition for several years.
Also you may only have some of these symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Being sensitive to cold
- Muscle cramps
- Dry and scaly skin
- Muscle aches and weakness
- Slow movements and thoughts
- Dry brittle hair and nails
- Loss of libido (sex drive)
- Irregular periods and or heavy periods
- Pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hands and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome)
Elderly people with an underactive thyroid may develop memory problems and or depression.
Children may experience slower growth and development
Teenagers may start puberty earlier
If you have any of these symptoms and you are concerned, see you GP and or medical advisor and ask to be tested for underactive thyroid.
If an Underactive Thyroid isn’t Treated
Underactive Thyroid condition is normally diagnosed before the condition becomes more serious. But I have included the
more serious symptoms below.
Later Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid
- Hearing loss
- A slow heart rate
- A puffy looking face
- A low pitched and hoarse voice
- Thinned or partly missing eyebrows
I hope that you have found this helpful.
My aim is to build aware on the symptom and also to let you know that you can start healing your thyroid naturally.
You can take a look at the articles that I have listed below.
Nettle Tea and the Health Benefits (Thyroid Health)
Ashwagandha Root Tea and the Health Benefits
Facts About Fluoride in Our tap Water
Alkaline Herbal medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal
Benefits of Bladderwrack for the Thyroid
Complications of an Overactive Thyroid
Complications of an underactive Thyroid
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I hope that you have found this information helpful and that you have checked out the other related articles that will help you to naturally heal your thyroid issues.
I have and still do use many of the treatments that I have shared here at JADa Therapy.
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