So Harvard Medical School just put out that many have hyper (over active) thyroid and don’t know about it…what they didn’t explain was that the thyroid and the adrenals work hand in hand…and that there are a number of other factors that can impact on both…

So we need to be clear.  Are you:

  • Hypo thyroid
  • Hyper thyroid
  • Hypo adrenal
  • Hyper adrenal

We find similar issues come up for all the categories:

  • Weight
  • Sleep
  • Energy
  • Hair
  • Skin
  • Inflammatory issues

So we need to look at the particular profile that is going on for the individual – the treatment protocol will depend on the particular stage each organ is in….so let’s look at the most noted symptoms of each process…

Harvard Medical School:  healthbeat@mail.health.harvard.edu wrote the following about hyper thyroid symptoms…

  • Heat intolerance. A sped-up metabolism leads to an increase in body temperature.
  • Exhaustion. A body perpetually in overdrive tires out more quickly.
  • Emotional changes. Fatigue coupled with an overstimulated      central nervous system can lead to a variety of emotional changes. Anxiety intermixed with depression, as well insomnia or irritability, are not uncommon.
  • Perspiration and thirst. As your body temperature rises, your      sweat glands tend to overwork, and you feel the need to continually replenish fluids.
  • Constant hunger. As your body uses up energy, it tends to cry out for more. Some people have an insatiable appetite.
  • Unexplained weight loss. Even though you may eat constantly, you could lose weight, usually between 5 and 10 pounds — even more in extreme cases.
  • Racing heart. You may notice your heart racing out of the blue. This can occur when you are exerting yourself or when you are      relaxing. You may find your pulse is much faster than normal.
  • Enlarged thyroid gland. Sometimes, but not always, the thyroid    gland becomes enlarged and may protrude from the neck to form a goiter. If the goiter is large enough, it may feel lumpy.
  • Hand tremors. Overstimulated nerves can make your hands      shake. The shaking may be subtle, or it could be to the point where you can’t steadily carry a drink without spilling it.
  • Diarrhea. An overactive thyroid causes the digestive system to speed up, and this leads to frequent, loose bowel movements.
  • Eye problems. In some people with an overactive thyroid gland, eye problems can occur and be quite severe. The most common eye     symptom is a retraction of the eyelids that makes the eyes appear to bulge or stare dramatically. Your eyes may also be puffy and watery, and you may experience double vision.
  • Hives. You might notice an itchy rash that can be relieved with antihistamines.
  • Menstrual changes and infertility. Women may notice lighter or missed periods, and may have trouble becoming pregnant.

And when when the thyroid is exhausted you may experience:

  • unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
    constipated, sometimes severely
    have hypothermia/low body temperature (feel cold when others feel hot, need extra sweaters, etc.)
    feel fatigued, exhausted
    feel run down, sluggish, lethargic
    hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
    skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
    hoarse or gravely voice
    puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
    pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
    carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it’s getting worse
  • irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
    trouble conceiving a baby

So now look at the common list of symptoms for hyper adrenal:

The National Institutes of Health reports that cortisol affects which is released from the adrenals effects:

  • bones
  • fatigue
  • circulatory
  • immune system
  • breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and protein for  energy production
  • nervous system and how the body responds to stress
  • high aldosterone levels which may effect:
    • high blood pressure
    • low potassium levels in the body
    • Fatigue
    • muscle  weakness
    • tingling
    • muscle spasms
    • numbness
    • temporary paralysis
  • high levels of catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline)
    • high blood pressure
    • chest pain
    • sweating
    • increased heart rate
    • constipation
    • rapid breathing

And once we exhaust the adrenals, then we have adrenal fatigue with the following symptoms:

  • waking up fatigue; tired throughout the day
  • go to sleep quickly, but wake up within a couple of hours
  • allergies
  • repeated respiratory infections
  • hypoglycemia – diabetes
  • inflammation
  • oversensitivity of the eyes to bright sunlight (chronic sodium-potassium imbalance which prevents the pupils from properly constricting in response to bright light)
  • vertical lines in your fingernails
    • Ayurveda diagnosis: digestive issues
    • TCM diagnosis: more predominant with age & indicative of less nutrition
    • others have also related vertical finger lines to:
      • adrenal and kidney issues
      • inflammatory issues
      • protein and/or iron deficiency
  • hollow cheeks
  • pale lips
  • balding lower legs
  • unexplained back or knee pain

So we need to find a good health practitioner that understands the interconnection between the thyroid and the adrenals…and also be able to effectively determine whether they are each in hyper or hypo processing.

Then we can identify a good treatment protocol to eliminate the problem rather than manage the symptoms….allowing the underlying issue continue to create problems.

Be responsible, do your research, find a good health practitioner.

Here’s to your health!

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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References:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/177657-hyperactive-adrenal-gland-symptoms/#ixzz2WzccrJnq

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/hypochecklist.htm