Thyroid Symptoms Facts

Valley Thyroid Institute

What is the thyroid?

Your thyroid (THY-roid) is a small gland found at the base of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces two main hormones called T3 and T4. These hormones travel in your blood to all parts of your body.

The thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body, these include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities together are known as your body’s metabolism.

A thyroid that is working right will produce the right amounts of hormones needed to keep your body’s metabolism working at a rate that is not too fast or too slow.

Do I have Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, or Hashimoto’s? What are the symptoms?

  • Weight Gain
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Muscle aches
  • Puffy face
  • Memory loss
  • High TSH test
  • Racing heart
  • Rapid pulse
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Loose stools
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Low TSH test
  • Irritability
  • Hand tremors
  • Muscle weakness
  • Heat Sensitivity
  • Insomnia
  • Racing heart
  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Throat swelling
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle aches
  • Alternating constipation and frequent bowel Movements
  • Memory loss

Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

You’ll notice that Hashimoto’s has overlapping symptoms of both hyper and hypo thyroid, that is very typical of Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland.

This off and on attack on the thyroid gland is what causes you to have the alternating Hypo and Hyper thyroid symptoms. This is more of an immune system problem than a thyroid problem.

The attack on the thyroid gland, causes the thyroid to swell (thyroid-itis). This attack is often caused by “Triggers”. Triggers are body dysfunctions that can mimic a thyroid problem, but isn’t a thyroid problem……..however, Triggers are also body dysfunctions that can agitate the immune system causing the immune system to launch an attach on the thyroid gland.

The most common Triggers are:

  • Anemia
  • Blood Sugar Instability
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Adrenal Gland Dysfunction
  • Inflammation (Systemic and local)
  • Gastro-intestinal problems
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Stealth Infections
  • Chemical Sensitivities


“You can have Hashimoto’s and Triggers and a Thyroid dysfunction. Yes, you can have all three which further complicates your condition”

How do I know which of these I have?

The only accurate way of knowing is an Initial Comprehensive history, consultation, and specific lab testing. The Initial Consultation will allow me to determine what type of lab testing you’ll need to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition.

Specific Lab Testing

Very specific types of Non-Traditional lab testing and methodology or interpreting the lab tests are used to rule out or rule in Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, Graves, Hashimoto’s or Triggers. There are a multitude of tests that we can use, but we want to do the tests that give us the most information, in the shortest period of time for the least amount of money.

Lab Testing Media Trigger

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