Thyroid Disease for Dummies

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “(Your Thing) for Dummies.”

Thyroid Disease is one of the most misdiagnosed undertreated disease in the world. Millions of people are suffering and have no idea what is wrong with them. If they are treated with medication, it is usually the wrong medication or not the correct dosage. The blood labs are either unchecked or the limits are incorrect.

The most common sysmptoms of thyroid disease are

o Fatigue

o Swelling of eyelids

o Emotional instability

o Lethargy

o Dry skin

o Choking sensation

o Low endurance

o Dry mucous membranes

o Fineness of hair

o Slow speech

o Constipation

o Hair loss

o Slow thinking

o Weight gain unexplainably

o Blueness of skin

o Poor memory

o Paleness of lips

o Dry, thick, scaling skin

o Poor concentration

o Shortness of breath

o Dry, coarse, brittle hair

o Depression

o Swelling

o Paleness of skin

o Nervousness

o Hoarseness

o Puffy skin

o Anxiety

o Loss of appetite

o Puffy face or eyelids

o Worrying

o Prolonged menstrual bleeding

o Swelling of ankles

o Easy emotional upset

o Heavy menstrual bleeding

o Coarse skin

o Obsessive thinking

o Painful menstruation

o Brittle or thin nails

o Low motivation

o Low sex drive

o Dry ridges down nails

o Dizziness

o Impotence

o Difficulty in swallowing

o Sensation of cold

o Hearing loss

o Weakness

o Cold skin

o Rapid heart rate

o Vague body aches & pains

o Decreased sweating

o Pounding heart beat

o Muscle pain

o Heat intolerance

o Slow pulse rate

o Joint pain

o Non-restful sleep

o Pain at front of chest

o Numbness or tingling

o Insomnia

o Poor vision

oProtrusion of one or both eyeballs

o Thick tongue

o Weight loss

o Sparse eyebrows

o Swelling of face

The lab test that your physician should run on you are:


Free T3

Free T4

Reverse T3 (Not all practitioners test this, ask)

For Hashimoto’s disease – Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)

For Graves’ disease – Thyroid Receptor Antibodies (TRAb), Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSI) 



TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity)

Iron Sat

Vit D

Vit B12

Most Physicians will only order TSH and it may take some work to get them to agree to run the full panel.

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2 thoughts on “Thyroid Disease for Dummies

  1. Thank you for sharing! I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and am still pretty high-functioning. But that’s because I fake it. I collapse after work and long for the days when I could keep going and do some fun things. Loss of appetite, insomnia and depression are my biggest battles. God bless you and good luck on this journey.


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