Sleep has always been an important part of my life, and I’ve been able to sleep in some pretty spectacular situations – from a sun-warmed stone on a mountain top to the bouncing bow of a boat in the cold, driving rain. In hindsight, my ability – or need- to nod off was probably a symptom of my thyroid disease.
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Recently I have met a lot of people with hypothyroidism, or suspect they have it despite their blood work being normal. Many of these people have a long list of symptoms that they have never associated with their thyroid condition and have lived with them for years. They are are used to feeling less than optimal and easily put these, often non-specific, symptoms down to age or lack of sleep.
But what if you could feel better? What if you could get rid of those aches and pains? Today I want to give you a more comprehensive list (but by no means exhaustive) of the symptoms you may experience with hypothyroidism – there may be more than you may realise.
Chronic symptoms of hypothyroidism can be reduced or eliminated through changes in eating habits and lifestyle.
I’m walking proof of this. I have gone from being bedridden, aching all over and barely able to move to, on the whole, being fully functional! I still get the odd flare-up, but there is usually a clear cause, such as over working, catching a horrible bug or letting my sugar consumption creep up. When this happens I know I have to go back to basics and “Reboot“, to get back on track. And it works.
If you have hypothyroidism, particularly Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and suffer from chronic symptoms it’s important you know that they are an indication that your body is not functioning at it’s best. You have those symptoms for a reason.
Masking symptoms with pain killers and supplements without addressing the cause can compromise your long-term health.
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If you have these symptoms please know that you can feel better. It may take time. It may take effort, but it is possible! With no help or guidance from medical doctors as to how to manage my diagnoses (first CFS and then Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), just a prescription for Thyroxine, for a long time I thought I was going to be virtually house-bound for the rest of my life. Thank goodness I took control of my health and made the necessary changes to feel better.
I read and researched. I used my background in Immunology to understand the science behind my disease, then I listened to my body and used my knowledge of nutrition to heal and get as healthy as possible.
Here is a list of some of the symptoms you may have, even if you’re taking thyroxine. How many of these do you have?
- Slow speech
- Slow movements
- Brain fog/confusion/forgetfulness
- Liver tenderness
- Insomnia (yes, even with hypothyroidism)
- Muscle and joint stiffness
- Pins and needles
- Puffy, itchy, scratchy eyes
- Puffy hands and feet
- Cold extremities/ low basal body temperature
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Tinnitus/hearing problems
- Restless legs
- Hair loss
- Eczema/ dry skin
- Blurred vision
- Mood swings
- Inability to cope with stress
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If you have some of these symptoms and haven’t got a hypothyroidism diagnosis, then it’s advisable to talk to your doctor. These symptoms don’t mean you DO have hypothyroidism and are not meant for diagnostic purposes. If you are at all concerned about your health, then make an appointment to see your doctor.
I am happy to help you make positive dietary and lifestyle changes alongside your medical doctor.
Take control of your health and feel better!
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