VERY Helpful Information from the Thyroid Association – New Zealand

I hope this information from a reliable source helps in making all understand what is involved here.  Some still do not know how I feel and others cannot accept it.  Let me stress that I have several of the symptoms listed.

ThyroidAssociation NewZealand

Most people (correctly) regard the thyroid as responsible for proper metabolism.  However, this gland plays a major role in hundreds of bodily functions. Here is just a sample of the many symptoms and conditions that can be caused, indirectly or directly, by an under-functioning thyroid gland:

* Appetite disruption (heightened or diminished)

* Autoimmune conditions, including allergies, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis

* Blood sugar disorders, such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, or a combination of the two

* Cancers, all kinds

* Cardiovascular abnormalities, including high cholesterol, poor circulation, heart palpitations, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hypotension (low blood pressure)

Dental problems, including chronic gum infections, receding gums, and TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction (clenching of the teeth, leading to chronic inflammation and pain in the temporomandibular joint)

Fatigue and lethargy

* Gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, and impaired digestion leading to constipation and nutritional disorders

* Heart conditions, including coronary artery disease from accelerated atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), abnormal blood pressure (either too high or too low), diminished cardiac output, weakness of the heart muscle, and congestive heart failure

* Hoarseness of voice, difficulty in swallowing, swollen enlarged tongue, and sleep apnea

* Immune response malfunction, leading to increased infections (including Candida albicans) in all parts of the body

* Mental and emotional problems, including difficulty in cognition, and anxiety, depression, memory loss, manic depression, psychosis, and schizophrenia

* Metabolism malfunctions, leading to weight gain (usually) or weight loss (occasionally)

* Muscular disturbances, including ataxia (lack of coordination), carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and weakness

* Neurological impairment, including but not limited to ear conditions (deafness, tinnitus, and vertigo), headaches and migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, and paresthesia (numbness and “pins and needles” in nerves)

* Pain in joints and muscles, including arthritis and fibromyalgia

* Perspiration reduction

* Reproductive disorders, including birth defects, cysts in breasts and ovaries, endometriosis, infertility, and menstrual disturbances

Respiratory conditions, including asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and chronic sinus infections

Skin disorders, including acne, alopecia (hair loss), boils, dryness, eczema, hives, and psoriasis

* Sleepiness and sleep apnea.

* Slowed movement and speech

* Structural weaknesses/deformities and impaired ability to repair damaged tissues, manifesting in brittle nails, brittle or scant hair (including baldness), degenerating bones (osteoporosis), malformed bones (scoliosis), and thinning and loss of eyebrows, notably the outer third

Temperature regulation malfunction: intolerance to heat, and excessive coldness, particularly in extremities.

* Urinary tract problems, such as urinary infections and especially kidney failure from shrunken, scarred kidneys


About martisima

After over 50 years of teaching literature to undergraduate and graduate students, I feel I have earned my retirement (it happened when I was 72, five years ago). I do miss the classroom, however, but not the meetings and all other requirements of the profession. I love teaching, and wish I could still do it. But now I read for pleasure, and watch films, and listen to all kinds of music (no TV, though). I love to travel, and hope I can resume doing it soon. I need to get over my health issues caused by thyroid surgery three years ago!
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2 Responses to VERY Helpful Information from the Thyroid Association – New Zealand

  1. It’s amazing how much this little gland affects!

  2. martisima says:

    Father thinks the list includes everything under the sun, and therefore is not correct. But it doesn’t say that you have to have them all — only some, and it draws attention to the possible symptoms. Yes, it is a little gland, but it is very powerful!

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