Of many common illnesses that might affect learning issues for YOU, thyroid imbalance is probably the most common and most misdiagnosed of all. The number of prescriptions for thyroid medicines exceeds that for almost any other category of illness. And yet, more than half of the 40 million people with a thyroid imbalance do not even know it, and are frequently diagnosed as having something else. Thus, the chance that you might have a thyroid issue is well worth considering.
Thyroid hormone is the gas pedal for every activity and chemical reaction the body. It controls the rate and quality of function for every tissue and organ. Because of this widespread effect of thyroid hormone, a true imbalance can be mis-diagnosed for a large variety of other illnesses.
Symptoms of thyroid imbalance occur when the body is either too high or too low in thyroid hormone. If too high, the condition is called hyper-thyroid, with symptoms of restlessness, insomnia, rapid pulse, excessive sweating, heart palpitations, rapid-fire speech, trembling and shakiness, weight loss, difficulty breathing, and eventually a burned–out fatigue.
When thyroid hormone is too low, things are reversed. While there still may be fatigue as a major symptom, hypo-thyroidism generally causes people to feel sluggish, sleepy, slow pulse, diminished sweating, decreased heart activity, slow movements, slow speech, weight gain, thinning hair, unhealthy nails, sluggish or irritable bowels, high cholesterol, abnormal blood pressure, as well as various female issues like irregular cycles, infertility, recurrent miscarriage, or severe menopause symptoms.
As a result, thyroid imbalance is often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders, estrogen imbalance, blood lipid abnormality, dry eye syndrome, premature aging, arthritis, and commonly the underlying cause of chronic recurring infections of the sinuses or bladder.
The above examples of physical misdiagnosis, although quite common, are greatly exceeded by an ENORMOUS amount of mental misdiagnosis. Thyroid imbalance is one physical illness that has long been known to cause a wide variety of mental symptoms. This is due to thyroid hormone being the main metabolic drive of the brain.
Hyperthyroid can cause excess irritability, anxiety, paranoia, or panic. Low thyroid, on the other hand, can cause depression, overwhelm, insecurity, memory loss, or interrupted sleep. These are not rare occurrences. Multiple research studies have revealed that thyroid imbalance is the root cause of over a 3rd of all depression.
Thus, if you have any of these symptoms, and especially if there is any thyroid or other metabolic/hormonal imbalance in your family, you deserve a careful thyroid check. This should include not only the standard thyroid tests of T4 and TSH, but also a Free T3 and TPO Antibodies.
These four tests are absolutely essential, and are available for you to request from your health practitioner, or simply go online and self order as a home test kit from a top certified lab. (check out either www.ThyroidPower.com or try www.CanaryClub.org for inexpensive testing, with easy-to-understand result interpretation included)
Obtaining a proper diagnosis is essential, so that a possible underlying thyroid imbalance will not be misdiagnosed as something else. This could save you years of time and heartache, as well as a be an opportunity for early treatment of the real cause of your symptoms.