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For about 21 years, Elissa Goodman suffered from hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. Both of the conditions went undiagnosed for some years, and her symptoms manifested over time in her body, which included: weight gain, hair loss, hormone imbalances, anxiety, as well as depression and infertility.
This is a health story which is more common than you may think it is. It is now calculated that one in eight women are going to develop a thyroid disorder at some period in their lifetime, and about 60% of people with the condition are unaware that they even have it. Hashimoto’s is not the fastest growing autoimmune condition today. In fact, it has been estimated that 90% of hyperthyroid cases are because of Hashimoto’s.
While there is usually more than one cause for the development of a hyper or hypothyroid, in many different cases these conditions initially stem from unsatisfactory eating habits, as well as physical, mental and environmental stressors.
Hypo and hyper. What is the difference?
While hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism both affect the same butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, these conditions also have opposite effects on your body.
You should think of hyper as being over-excited, a hyperactive thyroid is over-producing thyroid hormones, and in this state, all of the body functions tend to speed up.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include:
- Always feeling hot;
- Sweating more than you usually do;
- Problems with falling asleep;
- Racing thoughts;
- Difficulty in focusing on one task;
- Change in bowel habits;
- Elevated heart rate, as well as palpitations;
- Anxiety, nervousness, or irritability;
- Weight loss;
- Menstrual problems;
- Physical, as well as mental fatigue.
Now, you should remember hypo as being the opposite. Hypo is just a little too under-productive, and when your body is in a hypo state, fewer thyroid hormones are produced, and everything starts to slow down.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include:
- Physical, as well as mental fatigue;
- Dry skin and hair;
- Brittle nails;
- Weight gain;
- Muscle cramps;
- Decreased menstrual flow;
- Swelling in the front of your neck (goiter).
If you experience some of the above symptoms for thyroid disorders, you should visit your doctor and make sure that you are tested to see if your thyroid hormone levels are in the normal range.