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Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be My Thyroid?

Have you experienced feelings of tiredness and muscle weakness lately? With a global pandemic, cold weather, holidays, and non-stop stress from general life all occurring at the same time, it’s not surprising to feel tired or worn out.

However, fatigue and frailty are mere drops in the ocean of disease. Symptoms alone could implicate a multitude of issues or side effects from an already occurring issue. What could it mean? Although not guaranteed, it could be a thyroid disorder. Today, we will discuss the topic of such and why it may or may not indicate an issue worth investigating further.

Besides Being Tired, What Are the Symptoms…?

There are different sets of symptoms depending on which thyroid disorder you have. However, we can list out some of the most general ones shared by all of them. 

Common symptoms of general thyroid problems include, but are not limited to:

  • Constant fatigue or tiredness; difficulty sleeping
  • Sudden bursts of energy
  • Losing or gaining weight, sometimes without trying
  • Muscle weakness; shaking or tremors
  • Anxiety, irritability, nervousness, and/or forgetfulness
  • Enlarged thyroid gland (neck seems larger or thicker)
  • Dry, coarse or otherwise brittle hair; losing hair
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Hoarse voice
  • Seizures (not as common, but can be a result)

Some of these tend to be disregarded as another medical condition or simply a stage of life. Always take your health seriously, whether or not you think there may be an issue! It’s far better to be safe than sorry in cases where there is doubt and concern. Even something like feeling tired all day (consistently) may be worth checking out.

What’s the Point in Having Thyroids…?

If you’ve read this far – you’re either interested in educating yourself about this problem or have concerns for yourself. Why are your thyroids so important? Put simply – they have a major role in your metabolism. Irregularities, if left alone for long enough without treatment, can lead to serious health issues or can even be fatal. It may start off simply being tired (or having more energy than usual, depending on the disorder) and turn into serious pain in the neck or jaw. There are so many variables in play.

diagram of thyroids
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/thyroid/index.htm

To begin to understand how to deal with thyroid disorders, let’s first discuss their purpose. According to MedlinePlus:

“Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities are your body’s metabolism.”

Unfortunately, there are multiple thyroid disorders and it is crucial to figure out which is the correct one. It is best to seek professional medical advice to narrow down which one may (or may not) be the issue. Listed are the differing variants:

  1. Hyperthyroidism
  2. Hypothyroidism
  3. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  4. Graves’ disease
  5. Goiter
  6. Thyroid nodules
  7. Thyroid cancer

Treatments depend on the disorder at hand but it is possible to control your symptoms and discomfort. Consult a doctor to find out the best course of action in order to take control of your life.

Is It Really a Thyroid Problem…?

The difficult thing about medicine is that sometimes it can be a puzzle sometimes. Many variables such as genetics and medical history come into play. These symptoms you are experiencing could indicate a thyroid problem or maybe they point to something different. The only way to truly know is to get tested. Blood examinations are the most definitive way to detect an issue and yield results much faster than in past years.

As referenced earlier, such irregularities can lead to unfortunate situations if not treated properly. The key phrase here is if not treated! A thyroid issue does NOT mean it is automatically a death sentence. In fact…

Having an issue with one or both of your thyroids is fairly common; certain factors such as gender. (women are more likely to have a disorder than men) and age. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. This may sound daunting on one hand, but on the other, this means that we have more research than ever to assist you! 

We will have a course of action to recommend you if need be. Whether it be medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, or even referring you to a specialist, we want you to take control and be healthy. Whenever you’re ready, Advanced Internal Medicine is here for you. 

Check out more information on our website at www.advancedinternalmedicinega.org and see what we can do for you!

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