The well-known symptoms of low thyroid are fatigue, weight gain, pain, insomnia, depression, and cold intolerance. But for many low thyroid sufferers, the earliest signs of thyroid problems may begin with symptoms that are on the opposite end of the spectrum, reflecting a condition called Hashitoxicosis. That is because the majority of those with low thyroid have autoimmune thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s.
While eventually the thyroid gland is worn down by inflammatory damage, causing the typical low thyroid symptoms to develop, it can take years for patients to realize what’s happening and do something about it. Even those who seek early help from medical professionals are often brushed off and told they are just under stress and that their tests are normal.
Conventional doctors are not trained to identify and investigate early hypothyroidism symptoms, and they certainly don’t utilize the most effective testing.
By the time most of my patients become aware that their low thyroid symptoms are serious, their bodies have quietly been on a path of dysfunction and disease for years. It does not have to be this way. These three commonly overlooked symptoms might mean your thyroid is in danger.
1. Can’t kick your cold
The autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, results from the immune system mistaking thyroid cells as invaders and launching an attack against them. This stage can feel like a low-level viral or bacterial infection and can last up to for 1-5 months but is usually overlooked by the victim and health care providers alike.
2. Sweating the Small Stuff
When the immune system strikes, thyroid cells are killed, releasing pre-formed thyroid hormone into the bloodstream in high levels. When excessive amounts of thyroid hormone are dumped into the system, your metabolism goes nuts. Heart rate increases, blood pressure goes up, and adrenaline pumps through your blood. These symptoms can feel like a panic attack or serious anxiety and can happen at the onset of Hashimoto’s and intermittently throughout the disease process.
3. A Not-So-Healthy Appetite
While low thyroid sufferers often experience excessive hunger and weight gain, the period of thyroid damage that can kick off the Hashimoto’s disease progression may be marked by a loss of appetite. Thyroid hormone regulates metabolism and hunger cues. When thyroid hormone is low, hunger is increased to try and obtain more energy, but when thyroid hormone production is high, as seen in Graves’ disease and thyroid storm, an individual’s appetite goes by the wayside as energy systems are upregulated.
Don’t Waste Time
As I said, low thyroid disorders are progressive, so you can’t afford to waste time. Trust your body, and if you feel like things are “off,” seek care now. At our clinic, we utilize the functional medicine approach, which uses the most effective means to identify the source of your unique thyroid dysfunction with innovative scientific testing and treatment aimed at restoring health and balance to your body.