Is It My Thyroid Gland?
When you’ve been exercising and taking care of yourself, but your clothes are getting tight and your weight is going up it’s time to get your thyroid checked. Look below to see all of the various symptoms that can be the result of a problem with your thyroid gland. One of the things that I notice first is that the outer third of your eyebrow disappears. Your hair seems to be falling out faster than usual (all over your body). Your thyroid gland is the master gland of your body, and weight gain or loss is just one of the effects. But finding a good doctor can be a real challenge. The tests that are done (TSH) is NOT an adequate test to find out if you truly are suffering from a problem with your thyroid gland. So you can do some pre-testing, and most important is to get yourself informed about this disease, and proper tests.
Hypothyroid Self Test
This is NOT a medical diagnosis, but a useful self-test to determine if you may have either Hypothyroid, or possibly Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The method used by Dr. Broda Barnes (a leading expert in the area of metabolism) along with considering these symptoms below, is taking your body temperature before getting out of bed in the morning. If your temperature is averages below 97.8 degrees* (37 degrees celsius), and you have a preponderance of symptoms below, your metabolism is certainly not functioning at optimum. Take your temperatures during the day as well to see how close you are to “normal” which is 98.6º. I recommend getting an accurate BASAL thermometer. So many I’ve tried are off by A LOT!! (I haven’t been able to find them in local drug stores like CVS or Walgreens)
If you are being treated for Hypothyroid or Hashimoto’s, a low body temperature and a slow or high pulse is an indication you are not yet corrected adequately. (you will also need to start eating more of the right kind of foods to raise your temperature and start your metabolism working properly.) You may still have blood tests that do not indicate that you are hypothyroid. Unfortunately, many doctors depend upon only one blood test (TSH) to determine whether you have a thyroid condition – but this is NOT ENOUGH. You are not simply a blood test result, and other tests, and symptoms MUST be taken into consideration. To learn more about those tests, and what they mean, I recommend reading Stop The Thyroid Madness.
It will make it difficult, if not impossible for you to lose weight and improve these other symptoms until you address that problem. There ARE ways to increase your metabolic rate, but they are not by calorie restricted diets and over-exercising!
Symptoms of Hypothyroid and/or Hashimoto’s
Rate the following on a scale of 0 through 5, with 0 being not present, and 5 being severe.
|1. ____ Fatigue
2. ____ Muscle aches and pains
3. ____ Joint pains
4. ____ Fibromyalgia
5. ____ Feelings of weakness
6. ____ Lethargy; loss of interest
7. ____ Memory loss
8. ____ Concentration difficulties
9. ____ Mental sluggishness
10. ____ Low moods
11. ____ Depression
12. ____ Cold hands and feet
13. ____ Sensitivity to cold
14. ____ Tendency toward constipation
15. ____ Weight gain
|16. ____ Low blood sugar/hypoglycemia
17. _____ Menstrual problems
18. _____ Heavy bleeding during periods
19. _____ Repeated colds and flu
20. _____ Skin problems (itching, eczema, psoriasis, acne, or coarse, dry, scaly skin)
21. _____ Do not perspire easily
22. _____ Hoarse voice
23. _____ Feeling of fullness in neck
24. _____ Swelling of the eyelids
25. _____ Hair loss
26. _____ Dry, coarse hair
27. _____ Loss of outer 1/3 of eyebrows
28. _____ I have about as many mental and emotional symptoms as physical ones
A score of 20 – 40 suggests mild hypothyroidism; 40 – 70 suggests moderate hypothyroidism; and over 70 suggests significant hypothyroid problems.
Program to Correct Hypothyroid
Whether or not you have hypothyroid, stress and your mental attitude has a significant effect on your ability to lose weight and keep it off. The Hypothyroid Revolution Program will help you manage your symptoms to reach optimum health and well-being. Tom Brimeyer has a really excellent program (I’ve done it!) that will help you get your heath back. And it’s not expensive at all!
* Women who are still menstruating body temperature is typically .5 degrees higher before ovulation.