Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Every cell of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning, so symptoms of hypothyroidism can result in every part of the body. Research reveals hypothyroidism is linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, cancer, issues with the liver, kidneys, gall bladder, mental health, pregnancy complications, and more. Despite being linked to some of the deadliest diseases of our time, there is very little awareness about thyroid disease. The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million thyroid sufferers majority hypothyroid worldwide, yet over half remain undiagnosed. Many of us are told our symptoms are all in our head, but they are often NOT.

First recorded accounts of the clinical features of adult hypothyroidism, 1873

First recorded account of clinical features of adult hypothyroidism 1873

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Queen Victoria’s court physician Sir William Withey Gull is credited as the first person to record the clinical features of hypothyroidism in adults in his 1873 seminal paper.[1] [Read more…]

Thyroid & Cold Intolerance…Heat Intolerance Too!

Thyroid & Cold Intolerance...Heat Intolerance Too!

I’m cold. All. The. Time.

I need to wear a sweater in summer to keep from freezing.

My body just can’t handle the air conditioning in my workplace.

But what about me? I’m hot all the time.

Here I am wearing a sleeveless shirt in the dead of winter.

Sleep without my fan? Impossible.

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When hypothyroidism is painful: Musculoskeletal manifestations

When hypothyroidism is painful: Musculoskeletal manifestations

Pain.
I can’t bear it.
Help!
Doctors tell me it’s not my thyroid.
They say there is nothing more they can do.
Some say it’s all in my head. [Read more…]

Eczema, Psoriasis & Your Thyroid: Is There a Connection?

Eczema, Psoriasis & Your Thyroid

“MOMMMMMMY! Itchy!” I cried as my mother whipped me up in her arms and carried me to a bathroom sink filled with warm water and epsom salts. I was 3. Or at least that is the earliest memory I have of the eczema that would devastate my skin (oh the oozing, itchy, angry red eczema on my feet were some of the worst moments) every winter of my life.

Dermatologist after dermatologist gave my mother cream after cream to apply until I was old enough to continue the hated tradition on my own. Those creams did nothing to help me. I learned to live with it. I would hide my oozing, red hands in my pockets or behind my back or in gloves. I figured this was just who I was and I had to live with it. Or at least that was what my dermatologists had me believe.

Then an incredible thing happened. One winter my eczema didn’t appear. No eczema. This can’t be possible? After practically life-long eczema it seemed unlikely that it had disappeared all on its own. It was that same year that I had had enough with hypothyroidism. I wasn’t going to let this disease define me and I got into the best health of my life, digging through the scientific literature on hypothyroidism and reading anything and everything on hypothyroidism. Finding a fabulous doctor who really listened to me and I was feeling the best I had in years. And guess what? That eczema that I had endured for almost 40 years disappeared and it hasn’t reappeared for nearly 8 years now. If you’ve been following Hypothyroid Mom for any length of time, you know that I’ve mentioned that I suspect now that I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism since I was a wee child, for as long as I can remember having that eczema too. Do you see the connection? [Read more…]

300 hypothyroidism symptoms: count how many you have

300 hypothyroidism symptoms: count how many you have

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 750 million people with thyroid dysfunction worldwide, and between 40 and 60 percent of people with thyroid disease do not know they have it. While the statistics show that women are more likely to develop thyroid disease, thyroid disease is a condition that affects women, men, and children of all ages.

Of the 750 million people with thyroid dysfunction, 1.2 million of them are currently following my site Hypothyroid Mom (I won’t stop until I find all 750 million). The majority are here because they are still feeling unwell despite standard hypothyroidism treatment. Most are told their thyroid is “fine” while they struggle with a countless number of symptoms. Often times their doctors have no clue the vast array of symptoms that can befall a thyroid patient and most patients have no idea their symptoms could possibly be a red flag that their condition is not being well treated. Some may back down from speaking up to their doctor because they feel “doctor knows best” or that they don’t have any scientific proof to back up their claims…until now. [Read more…]