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What is “normal” thyroid health?
Sadly, normal can mean not well in current lab test results. If you are “normal” you should ideally want “optimal”. Doctors are limited on what further tests they can run if your TSH levels are considered “normal,” which makes it hard. There are places with walk-in labs where you can pay out of pocket and request more specific lab tests. It’s not an expense, it’s an investment into your health. You can take those tests back to your practitioner if you find out that there are issues and advocate for yourself.
What are the symptoms of poor thyroid health?
Thyroid symptoms are across the board. Hypothyroidism is where everything slows down. People feel sluggish, their nails don’t grow, their hair falls out, and possible weight gain. Hyperthyroidism is the opposite. People have difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and irritability. Both forms can present themselves nontraditionally as well.
Are men’s and women’s symptoms the same?
Men and women have the same symptoms but women are more susceptible because of the estrogen component. Men can suffer from erectile disfunction. The thyroid impacts all parts of the body.
For people with an autoimmune disease, what should they be aware of as they approach maintenance and lifestyle?
Redo your lab work, reexamine and know your vitamin D level. Vitamin D is important for overall health. Most people don’t have nearly enough and increases in Vitamin D can significantly change your mood and health.
Chronic fatigue is not normal. Invest in knowing about your health. Get the right labs done and advocate for yourself.