When it comes to thyroid disorders, women, unfortunately, tend to get the short end of the stick. They have a much higher chance of developing a thyroid disorder, and what’s more is that they are often not told that over 90% of underactive thyroid cases are a result of an autoimmune condition. Many women are told that their symptoms are a result of aging; it’s true that many of the symptoms associated with a hypothyroid diagnosis look a lot like the symptoms associated with menopause or chronic stress.
In fact, a variety of the overlapping symptoms do look the same and often take shape as a metabolism change brought about by insufficient estrogen or hormone levels.
Take, for instance, thyroid conditions that are caused by an autoimmune condition. Hashimoto’s is a leading cause of an underactive thyroid, and it can lead to chronic inflammation and tissue damage. It’s important that you know how to identify both hypothyroidism and the root cause. That being said, if women feel like something is “off” beyond the scope of aging or stress, they shouldn’t settle for those lackluster answers. Here are six common symptoms that might indicate you have a thyroid disorder.
- Heart palpitations
- Dry skin
- Trouble sleeping
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
If you suspect you have a low thyroid disorder based on this list of symptoms, stop blaming it on the menopause.
I recommend finding a functional medicine practitioner who can utilize the correct testing methods to pinpoint your condition as well as its root cause. At my clinic, we use that information to build you an individualized treatment plan that will put you back on the road to healing.