Six Frequently Misinterpreted Signs of Hypothyroidism
19 Sep 2017
Did you know that 60 percent of
those with thyroid disease are unaware that their thyroid gland is not functioning properly? Hypothyroidism,
or an underactive thyroid gland, is the most common thyroid disorder. Sadly, the condition often goes
undiagnosed because its numerous varied symptoms are misinterpreted as signs of other ailments.
Once diagnosed, hypothyroidism can be managed and treated, but many patients needlessly suffer for years
because they misinterpret their symptoms. If you notice any of these frequently misinterpreted symptoms, you
should get tested for hypothyroidism.
Unintentional Weight Gain
If you’ve been packing on the pounds as you age, you may blame a lack of exercise or your love of cookies.
But take a moment to think about whether your diet and activity levels have really changed over the years.
Hypothyroidism becomes more common with age-especially in women-so your weight gain may actually be due to
a decrease in thyroid hormone levels. It’s commonly said that metabolism decreases with age, but age-related
decreases in metabolism are often actually due hypothyroidism that worsens with age.
Are you always feeling lethargic and run down? Many times, patients blame their lack of energy on busy
lifestyles and lack of sleep. However, if you feel fatigued even after a good night’s rest, your thyroid may
not be performing as it should. Additionally, many people with hypothyroidism find it hard to get a good
night’s rest in the first place, a factor that just makes the fatigue worse.
If your joints have become a bit swollen and painful in recent years, you may blame your symptoms on
arthritis. But hypothyroidism can also cause swollen, painful joints. If conventional arthritis treatments
like anti-inflammatory drugs and massage are not improving your symptoms, your joint pain could be due to
There are many causes of depression. Some people experience depression due to a lack of vitamin D, and
others have depression due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Sadly, some patients work with doctors and
therapists for years, trying countless anti-depressant drugs and remedies only to find that they still feel
Often, relief is elusive because the remedies and drugs are not addressing the true cause of the
depression: an underactive thyroid gland. Patients are often surprised how quickly their depression lifts
once they start treatment for hypothyroidism.
Baldness can be genetic; some people naturally lose hair as they age. However, genetic balding is much
more common in men than women. If you are a female whose hair is thinning, there’s a very good chance that
your hair loss is due to an underactive thyroid gland. Creams, shampoos, and scalp massages won’t help. You
need careful treatment to restore healthy levels of thyroid hormone and stimulate new hair growth.
If you often feel constipated, try increasing your water and fiber intake. If you still feel constipated
when consuming plenty of water and fiber, then there’s a good chance your thyroid is to blame. Thyroid
hormone helps keep the digestive tract moving, and without enough of it, your digestion is likely to be
Treatments like laxatives and suppositories may supply short-term relief, but to permanently restore
normal bowel function, you need treatment for hypothyroidism. Constant constipation can eventually lead to
bigger issues, like bowel obstructions and colon cancer, so this is not a problem to ignore!
Thyroid hormones play a key role in regulating your metabolism and have an impact on the function of most
every organ system in your body. As a result, the symptoms of hypothyroidism are vast and easily mistaken for
those of other illnesses.
Thankfully, hypothyroidism is easy to diagnose with a few simple tests. Once diagnosed, you can begin
working with the practitioners at Integrative
Brain and Body to discover and treat the underlying causes of your underactive thyroid, restoring
yourself to optimal health and alleviating your symptoms naturally.