Hypothyroid is one of the most overlooked and under diagnosed conditions in modern medicine. If you have been diagnosed as hypothyroidism you know the problem all too well. The nagging fatigue and other vague symptoms that are too often overlooked or disregarded by your physician. If you think you might be hypothyroid and cannot get a proper diagnosis, here is some information that can help overcome the 'flaw in the diagnosis'. Your lab results may not indicate hypothyroid in themselves (specifically if your doctor only does TSH), and have to be taken as one part of the diagnosis. The other parts of the diagnosis are the basal temperature and the physical symptoms you have.
Below are a list of symptoms and signs of hypothyroid function, and below that is a simple home test that can determine if you are hypo.
- Dry skin
- Slow speech
- Edema (swelling)
- Decreased sweating
- Cold shin
- Sensation of being cold
- Course dry hair
- Impaired memory
- Unexplained weight gain
- Loss of hair
- Labored breathing
- Hoarseness of voice
- Elevated cholesterol
- Loss of libido (sex drive)
The above list is not all inclusive, just a sampling of the many symptoms that accompany low thyroid function.
Checking your basal temperature.
Men: The basal temperature test can be done on any given day.
Normal menstrual cycle: Most accurate when done on day 2, 3 or 4 of the menstrual cycle.
Menopausal: The basal temp test can be done on any given day.
Proceedure: Have your thermometer ready on a bedside table and within easy reach. Upon waking, and without moving around, place the thermometer under the arm (armpit) and be very still for approximately 10 minutes. Record the temperature for the day and repeat the proceedure for several days. We usually like to repeat for at least 3 to 5 days. This provides you with your basal temperature.
A basal temperature of lower than the normal expected range of 97.8 to 98.2 is strongly suggestive of hypothyroid function.
If you have two of the three things that make up the diagnosis (low basal temp and many of the symptoms above) you are probably hypothyroid and may need help. If your doctor has failed to make the proper diagnosis or if you are now taking a medication for thyroid that does not seem to be working, there is still help available. Give us a call and we can help you feel good again. The number is 1-800-824-0194.
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