The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, produces hormones essential for metabolism and brain activity. Symptoms of a thyroid problem are often vague, but if you notice any of the following signs persisting, or have more than one, endocrinologists recommend seeing a doctor to request a simple blood test to gauge your hormone levels.
Could you have an overactive or underactive thyroid and not even know ? Millions of Americans — and a high percentage of women in menopause and perimenopause (the decade or so before menopause during which hormonal, emotional, and physical changes begin) — do. A thyroid imbalance is not always easy to recognize. Physicians continue to argue whether a minimal thyroid imbalance affects mental and physical health. But the truth is that it does.
Here are some of the most frequent thyroid symptoms:
* Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
* Coarse, dry hair
* Dry, rough pale skin
* Hair loss
* Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
* Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
* Memory loss
* Abnormal menstrual cycles
* Decreased libido
Okay, here we go. For me, everything started four months ago, when I started to notice my hair becoming overwhelmingly dry and thinning out. Well I spent hundreds of dollars on special trips to the hair salon, expensive hair treatments and products, but even a month later nothing changed.... Yes, I was getting frustrated. But my dear friends that was the beginning , nothing compared to what was to come next. If you have followed my blog for some time, you know that I love exercising and eating a clean diet. Now, back to my night mare.
About two months ago, I began to notice my weight start to go up. I had no idea why that was happening, especially because my routine never changed. I eat healthily and work out everyday. If I ever change my workout routine it's just to increase weights which is better. And so, I started to panic; beating myself up because of my hair and weight gain, I thought I was paranoid with all that was happening. I started to be very stressed, losing my strength and even began to develop migraines. My workout got harder than before and I wasn't enjoying it the way I used to. Before I found out about my elevated thyroid, my workout was awesome and I felt amazing after a vigorous workout... So finally, last week I went to the doctor and asked him for help, because I couldn't do it anymore...
He ran numerous tests and we found out that my thyroid was the main cause of all my problems. I was happy to finally know that I can start my treatment now because he told me that in about one month I should be back to normal.. And my weight will go down again... What I take from this experience is , pay attention to your body because you can look fine on the outside and in the inside be a different story... I posted on the beginning of my post some of the most common symptoms from thyroid problems, so if you are trying hard to lose weight and nothing is happening to you, you should have your hormones levels checked. It was a little hard for me to share this, but I did because some of you may have the same symptoms, and it may help you open your eyes. I hope this was helpful.. Feel free to let me know what you think about..
See you soon,
xoxo Paula Forrest