The #1 warning sign you are experiencing thyroid dysfunction is extreme fatigue.
And as you would expect, living in a state of constant exhaustion is anything but normal. BUT it becomes the NORM with hypothyroidism as the thyroid hormones are critical to power up energy production at a cell level.
So if you suspect you are struggling with thyroid fatigue it’s essential to get help.
Been Told ‘Thyroid Tests are NORMAL’?
Unfortunately all too often individuals remain unwell as they don’t get the help they need.
If you’re living with constant fatigue, feeling cold all the time, your hair is falling out by the handful, you can’t lose weight, you have brain fog, or other weird symptoms linked to slow metabolism it’s vital to discuss your concerns with a thyroid-literate doctor.
Don’t get fobbed off!
It’s all too common for doctors to blame thyroid problems on pregnancy, hormonal changes associated with menopause, or simply the consequence of getting older.
Don’t allow this to happen to you. Thyroid dysfunction is often the root cause of debilitating fatigue so it’s vital to address thyroid health issues.
> > Like to learn more? Top 5 Reasons Why Thyroid Health Is Important To Your Well-Being.
How Doctors Test For Hypothyroidism
To get a reliable diagnosis your doctor will take a full medical history, discuss your symptoms, and request testing along with a physical examination of your neck.
Typically most doctors use the single thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test, or TSH plus free thyroxine (FT4), to check thyroid function.
You need more than this and let me explain WHY.
Comprehensive thyroid testing eliminates any guesswork as it makes it far easier to see exactly what is going on with your thyroid hormones. For this reason, these are the tests I normally recommend to evaluate thyroid function:
+ Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
+ Free Thyroxine (FT4).
+ Free Triiodothyronine (FT3).
+ Reverse T3 (RT3).
+ Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAb).
+ Anti-thyroperoxidase (TPO) antibodies.
Yes, you should get a copy of your test results!
To get the information you need it’s your right as a patient to ask for a copy of your test results. Don’t accept everything is ‘normal’ without viewing the results of comprehensive testing for yourself.
Thyroid Fatigue Solutions
Ready to take action?
Here’s five useful tips to help you get started.
- Make REAL food your medicine. There’s an epidemic of thyroid-related disorders and I believe that for the most part this is attributed to the radical shift in the way we eat due to industrialization of our food supply. For this reason, it’s more important than ever to get properly educated on the best foods to eat for thyroid health.
- Take nutritional supplements that support optimal thyroid function. A thyroid multivitamin is a great way to go but it’s important to choose a good quality product. It’s why I’ve specially formulated ThyroSynergy® with 10 essential vitamins and minerals to support thyroid health.
- Stress quickly zaps energy levels. But the kicker is, thyroid dysfunction impacts your ability to deal with stress. If you are struggling with mood swings, poor concentration, memory loss, sleep difficulties, anxiety, even depression you will want to read The Surprising Ways Thyroid Hormones Affect Your Mood.
- Minimize exposure to toxic environmental chemicals that seriously disrupt thyroid function. I list the worst offenders here and how to reduce exposure: Environmental Alert: How To Protect Your Thyroid From Toxins.
- Keep your body moving with regular physical activity as this is an excellent way to naturally stimulate thyroid function. However, be aware overtraining can be harmful.
Note: This information should not be used as a substitute for treatment, or advice from your qualified healthcare practitioner. Consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any new nutritional product, diet, exercise, or health program. This is especially important if you have a diagnosed medical condition, or are taking prescription medication.