The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland situated in the neck just below the Adams Apple.
The thyroid controls metabolism (which is why poor thyroid function can inhibit weight loss no matter how much you exercise) and nearly every other aspect of health including mood, energy and circulation.
Thyroid damage can lead to underactivity (hypothyroidism), overactivity (hyperthyroidism), thyroid inflammation (thyroiditis), and thyroid cancer.
I often hear of women who have been given anti-depressants because they go to their GP with low mood, depression and anxiety.
But what if the depression is a symptom of something else.
The anxiety/depression can often caused by an undiagnosed thyroid condition and because in this country unless you have a private full thyroid screening your GP will mostly only test the practically useless TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone).
This is NOT a good indicator at all and you may feel like you are banging your head against the wall when you are told your results are ‘normal’ and you fall within the range. People can go for years without being treated properly and instead may be put on other medication with the root cause of their complaints not being addressed.
There is a long list of symptoms here which you may find yourself in http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/long-and-pathetic/ including feeling the cold, anxiety, painful joints, IBS, constantly tired, poor B12 and iron absorption, cracked heels and more.
Even if you are prescribed Thyroxine this still often doesn’t work well http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/.
I think its safe to say we have an epidemic of thyroid disease.
Hormones and thyroid disease.
It is a real travesty for the untreated walking wounded.
I recently met someone who initially complained of inflammation of the the joints, so this is the root the medics have gone down, but on speaking further for years she has suffered many other thyroid symptoms but has been told time and time again her thyroid is fine.
She knows it is not.
So next time a person in authority tells you your results are normal, but you still feel bad seek help from elsewhere, perhaps with us.
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