Are you always cold? As we head into the warmer months are you wearing pants and a sweater when everyone else is in shorts? Do you find your hands take a really long time to warm up when everyone else seems fine? Have you noticed you have thinning hair, dry or brittle nails, fatigue, heavy menstrual periods, weight gain, or regular bouts of constipation? If this sounds like you, you might have hypothyroidism.
Whenever you are cold all the time or experience the above symptoms, people will most likely suggest you have poor circulation or are anemic; they might even ask you if you’re getting enough nutrition or getting enough sleep And yes, these can all be reasons you might be cold all the time, but issues with the thyroid are commonly overlooked.
Ladies might start showing symptoms of hypothyroidism and not even really be aware. Symptoms oftentimes start off slowly and might not even seem to be related. WebMD says the following symptoms might point to hypothyroidsm and are commonly mistaken for other issues:
- changes in menstrual cycle
- slow heart rate
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- memory problerms
- trouble thinking clearly
- skin changes (cool, dry, itchy, rough or scaly)
And statistically, you may be more likely to develop hypothyroidism if you have any of the following:
- family member with Bipolar, Down, or Turner syndrome
- family member with autoimmune disease
- you are Caucasian or Asian
- premature greying hair
Although my practice does not specialize in thyroid care, the thyroid plays a role in gynecology and women’s health. I have to take this body part into consideration when thinking of the reproductive system as a whole. And if left untreated, hypothyroidism can cause long-term health issues, so we want to tackle any imbalance as soon as possible.