Go to the mirror and stick your tongue out —what do you see? A common symptom of an abnormal thyroid function is a thick tongue with what looks like “scalloping”. Scalloping occurs when your tongue swells and becomes too big for your mouth leaving teeth marks around its edge.
This is where your thyroid comes in. Your thyroid is a tiny glad located in the lower part of your neck just below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid affects literally every single cell in your body. It is estimated that 40-70% of Americans have thyroid hormone deficiency called hypothyroidism and both they and their doctor don’t know it because the standard thyroid test (TSH) is wildly inaccurate. Abnormal thyroid function has been found to be the root of many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, hair loss, brain fog, dry skin and the list goes on and on. Alzheimer’s disease is also linked to hormonal and nutritional deficiency.
Diagnosing an abnormally functioning thyroid requires more than simply your TSH level. History of symptoms, lab tests to include TSH, T4, T3, Reverse T3, Serum B12 levels, thyroid antibodies to name a few. Another important test you can do before your appointment is to take your Basal Body Temperature. Have a thermometer by your bed and record your temperature before getting out of bed via underarm or orally (as long as you are not currently ill). A normal under arm reading is 97.8 – 98.2 and a normal oral reading is 98.8 – 99.2.
There are two methods of treating hypothyroidism….desiccated thyroid which addresses T1-T4 and offers a diuretic effect and then Levothyroxine Sodium which addresses T4.
If you have been suffering from dry skin, fatigue, depression, headaches, cold extremities, memory loss, high cholesterol and high/low blood pressure, arthritis as well as many, many other symptoms I urge you to seek a physician that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions.
Attached are illustrations of the effects of an abnormally functioning thyroid.
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