#42: [Have These Symptoms?] Maybe It’s Your Thyroid Series, Part 1

Exhaustion, stubborn weight, brain fog…these are some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. While no one WANTS a thyroid issue…it could actually be a good thing to find out because there’s likely a solution, it’s not all in your head, and you’re NOT stuck with your symptoms. (Pssst – already on meds? It could STILL be your thyroid causing a problem.)

You’ll hear:

  • The direct connection between successful, driven women + stress + thyroid problems
  • Real life women and their struggle with symptoms
  • Why prescriptions aren’t the whole (or only) answer
  • Why it’s worth investigating your symptoms

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Last week I shared Danielle’s story of being taken down by fatigue, pain and infertility problems. 

The problem? Her thyroid. Hashimoto’s disease.

Right now I’m on a mission. 

Because of Danielle. Because of Julie, whose story I shared a few months ago. Or Teresa, who you’ll hear from soon.

And because of 100’s of women I’ve worked with who are exhausted, anxious, feeling blah, feeling depressed, cannot lose weight and are having an array of odd symptoms on top of that – anything from achy joints to tingling fingers to feeling cold all the time. 

The longer I do this work with women, the longer I see the DIRECT (and I mean, direct and obvious and exceedingly common) connection between…

Successful, driven women + stress + thyroid problems

It’s insane. It’s not edge cases, it’s MOST cases.

And I have a solution. It starts with my free solution kit, which you can download right here.

My symptoms, my labs

A couple years ago, I was still in my marriage. Let’s just say…it had become very difficult.

I was working full time in my coaching practice. I was the main caretaker for my 2 little guys. One may have still been in diapers.

Every night by 8pm I felt like my battery was drained and needed to go to bed early. 

Except I couldn’t sleep.

I’d doze on and off and finally wake up and take a shower and pull clumps of hair from my head. I was always freezing.

So I had my thyroid tested and nothing showed up in the labs.

Yet I knew I needed to address the inflammation in my body and in my LIFE or else I was going to be headed in a bad direction.

I’m now divorced.

I’m able to sleep again.

And my hair is super long these days! When I wash it, only a couple hairs fall out. Not handfuls.

Your symptoms speak to the state of your body

That’s why I always look at symptoms first…lab tests second. You can’t get the full picture with just one or the other.

For example, my client Ashley had every single symptom of Hashimoto’s disease. 

(Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks your thyroid gland and it’s the most common reason for hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function.)

Ashley had been suffering and suffering. She was already taking thyroid medication but symptoms were persistent. 

Even though her lab tests didn’t show Hashimoto’s (sometimes they won’t right away) she put into place some diet and lifestyle changes that are known to help.

And for the first time, the scale moved downward.

Even though she was exercising LESS.

The point is, symptoms and a woman’s story always come first. 

Also interesting about thyroid issues? Symptoms can be many and varied…often weird things you would have never expected.

Is a prescription the whole answer?

Doctors put women on a prescription for supplemental thyroid hormone (like Synthroid or levothyroxine) when they see low thyroid function. 

That’s it. That’s all they are trained to do. 

Don’t get me wrong…thyroid hormones are important and often we NEED that prescription.

But it’s not the whole answer.

What about other symptoms?

When a woman has low thyroid function, whether she’s properly diagnosed or not, she’s often also taking:

  • Wellbutrin or Zoloft for anxiety and mood issues. 
  • Statin for high cholesterol
  • Metformin for high blood sugar
  • PPI for acid reflux 
  • Infertility treatments

But no one is asking…

Why are all these symptoms arising? Or why they’re all arising TOGETHER?

Weight is the issue most women with low thyroid are worrying about 

And while no woman needs to spend her precious time worrying about her body’s shape…

It’s not vanity or diet culture to say:

“Huh, why did I just gain 10 lbs. in the past 3 months? What’s going on in my body? My clothes don’t fit and it’s harder to move around. I eat well, I exercise and the weight doesn’t change at all. This feels strange.”

In my experience, women know when they’re holding onto excess weight that’s unusual for them.

Supplemental thyroid hormone will take the edge off 

But these meds aren’t actually HEALING anything. Most women end up on a couple different prescriptions as inflammation rages on.

That’s why I want to help more women get to the root of their symptoms and fix it – not just suppress symptoms. Not just accept feeling crappy. But actually regain their power.

Are you having symptoms?

Are you having a hard time with some of these classic symptoms?

  • Stubborn weight
  • Exhaustion
  • Brain fog
  • Forgetfulness
  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Low sex drive
  • Constipation
  • Gas/bloating
  • Feeling puffy
  • Always cold
  • Aches and pain
  • Losing hair

If yes, download my free Thyroid Solution Kit. It’ll go through more of these symptoms and set you up for success — empowering you to get the right lab tests and have the right conversations. Do that now.

Are you already diagnosed with hypothyroidism?

Maybe you’re on medication but still having symptoms.

Very common.

Don’t brush this off. You know when something isn’t right and you just don’t feel like yourself.

There are ways to feel better, I promise.

What if you’ve had your thyroid tested in the past and it came back “normal”? 

This does not mean you’re in the clear. I still want you to download my Solution Kit because if you’re having symptoms, that’s your best measure that something is off. 

Chances are, you didn’t have a complete thyroid panel, or that whoever interpreted the results were not comparing your numbers to optimal ranges. 

Don’t let a “normal” test be an excuse for anyone to overlook your symptoms.

A thyroid issue can be a good thing

Obviously no one really WANTS to have a thyroid issue going on…it’s not like you wake up in the morning and think —wheeee! I hope I get diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease today!

But it’s actually great news because if it’s your thyroid…

There’s likely a solution. You’re not crazy. It’s not all in your head. And most of all, you’re not stuck with your symptoms.

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