If you are a woman who comes from a family in which the women always seem to get chunky during their middle years, it doesn’t really surprise you when the inches start showing up on your tummy. After all, Mom did it too. But when this added weight also makes you tired, makes your muscles feel like they don’t want to work and you start losing a lot more hair into your brush than you should be, you wonder what’s going on? I don’t remember Mom going through this.
So you go to the doctor and ask him why you feel like this and why is your hair falling out. The doctor runs some tests on you and finds out that you have a hypothyroid. He says that you need to take some medication for the symptoms, and you need to take it for the rest of your life.
What you don’t know is that some people have more than just one problem. Hypothyroidism is when a thyroid that is running slow and hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid runs much faster than is expected. When you show symptoms of both, this disease is called Hashimoto’s disease. This disease is often misdiagnosed as depression, PMS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and anxiety disorder. The cause is sometimes a family history of thyroid disorder.
When you have thyroid dysfunction, your body lets you know in no uncertain terms that something is going wrong. If you’re suffering from a slow-running thyroid you will get tired really quick, you will gain weight for no reason, and you will find that no matter what you do, you can’t get that weight to come off. When you have a hyperthyroid, you lose weight when there is no reason for it and you come off as being jittery in personality. You’d think you were drinking caffeine all day long, but it’s your body that is doing this. You’ll have headaches and sometimes feel like you’re going nuts.
The best thing you can do is see your doctor when these symptoms start creeping up on you. The doctor will test you and if the results are positive for Hashimoto’s disease, he’ll give you medication to deal with the symptoms. With a change in your diet and a whole lot of work, you will be able to reverse this thyroid dysfunction. Then you’ll be able to live your life and enjoy your life as you should be able to.