If thyroid hormones are low, symptoms include fatigue, constipation, dry skin, inability to lose weight, brittle nails, menstrual irregularities, sensitivity to cold, depression, anxiety, and/or hair loss.
Sometimes, this results in a diagnosis of hypothyroidism but only if your lab values fall out of the “normal” range. Most medical professionals only test TSH but this is an indirect indicator of thyroid function and the “normal” values for TSH are too wide. This is why Dr. Kimberly Brown accesses both symptoms and labs, and orders a full thyroid panel. Treating an underactive thyroid with herbs and supplements may give you all the support you need but in some cases, prescriptive Armour thyroid, Nature-throid, or compounded thyroid is needed.
An overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism, is a less common condition that exists when excess thyroid hormones are present. Symptoms may be weight loss, anxiety, diarrhea, sweating, weakness,increased heart rate, fatigue, and insomnia. Although natural treatments exist, Dr. Brown may advise medications.