Dr. Amy Myer, leader of Functional Medicine and New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution claims “It’s estimated that as many as 25 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and half of them have no idea that they do”.
The small butterfly-shaped gland in the center of your neck is indispensable to your metabolism. Every bodily function is more or less dependent on the thyroid gland.
Symptoms of Thyroid Issues
- 1.Anxiety, depression or mood swings
- 2.Feeling of tiredness, even after 8 hours of sleep
- 3.Hormonal imbalance, such as irregular periods or low libido
- 4.Weight gain or inability to lose weight
- 5.Muscle or joint pain
- 6.Cold hands and feet
- 7.Dry skin, brittle nails, or hair loss
- 9.Loss of memory or brain fog
- 10.Snoring or neck swelling
It’s surprising that almost 90% of all thyroid dysfunctions are diagnosed as under-active thyroid or medically, hypothyroidism. This is largely due to the fact that symptoms are often vague and doctors may only spend little time looking for the right cause
Thyroid problems include
- Goiter – enlargement of the thyroid gland
- Hyperthyroidism – when your thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs
- Hypothyroidism – when your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodules – lumps in the thyroid gland
- Thyroiditis – swelling of the thyroid
To diagnose thyroid diseases, doctors use a medical history, physical exam, and thyroid tests. They sometimes also use a biopsy. Treatment depends on the problem, but may include medicines, radioiodine therapy, or thyroid surgery.
The following list comprises all of the different hormones produced by the thyroid gland. According to Dr. Myer, all of these should be checked when a patient is tested for thyroid problem:
- TSH (thyrotropin synthesis hormone)
- Free T3 (causes an increase in body temperature and metabolism)
- Free T4 (inactive hormone that stops the production of thyroid hormone)
- Reverse T3 (elevated with stress)
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
Most doctors to check your thyroid function, will only run a few tests which can consequently lead to misdiagnosis.