The thyroid manages our body’s
metabolic rate. It is responsible for
many processes including temperature control and energy production.
A malfunctioning thyroid can cause symptoms such as
fatigue, sluggishness, irritability, weight-gain, problems with memory, muscle
pain, fibromyalgia, etc. Thyroid disease is also thought to be the cause of
one-fifth of all symptoms of depression.
Lack of energy can be because
the thyroid is not releasing enough hormones (underactive/hypothyroid). Stress-related
symptoms can stem from too many thyroid hormones in the blood stream
(overactive). Sometimes, a general thyroid test is not enough to diagnose a thyroid disorder and a more detailed thyroid
test is required. This may include TSH,
free T4, free T3, total T4, total T3, T3 resin uptake and perhaps reverse T3
and the thyroid auto antibodies TPO & TGA.
thyroid (hyperthyroid/Graves Disease) can leave you feeling nervous, irritable
and hyper. Other symptoms can include weight loss even with a well-balanced
diet, weak muscles, soft nails, hair loss, bone loss, etc. the stress you might
feel could come from an overactive thyroid.
routine comprehensive thyroid check should be done every year as a health
wellness check. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, the test should
be done to rule out thyroid disease.