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The Effects of Hypothyroidism

Updated on November 4, 2016

Common Signs and Symptoms of (Hypo)thyroidism

*Sluggishness and fatigue

*Weight gain


*Feeling sad or depressed

*dry skin, brittle hair and nails


*Sore muscles

*Heavy or irregular periods


Common Signs and Symptoms of (Hyper)thyroidism

*Sluggishness and fatigue

*Weight Loss


*Feeling sad or depressed

*Dry skin, brittle hair and nails


*Sore muscles

*Irregular menstrual cycle

Overview of a Chronic Illness (Hypothyroidism)

Hypothyroidism. What is it, you may ask? Well, I can tell you it is a chronic illness. I can tell you that I have been diagnosed with it as of a year now. I can also tell you that I had this a lot longer than a year, and visited several doctors explaining symptoms that never brought back a correct diagnosis until a year ago. I can tell you all that, but that just voices that I have a chronic illness, it doesn’t explain the illness itself.

So, again, what is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism stems from when your thyroid gland works too slow. However, there is also another type of this thyroid illness called hyperthyroidism, which is the one where your thyroid gland runs too fast. Yes, but what does that mean?

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped part found in your lower neck area. This gland is very important, as it is the part that stores hormones that help regulate your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which your food intake is converted into energy. As you can see, it is responsible for every cell in your body basically. It needs to work correctly or a slew of problems health wise will happen.

To go a little further into the job of this gland, this gland uses that mineral we know as iodine. Iodine is found in some foods and of course salt; most of us use iodized salt. This is how the gland makes its hormones; the two important hormones of the thyroid are; thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

Then you have (TSH); this is produced by the pituitary gland, and stimulates hormone production by the thyroid gland. Not only does this little gland have all this that it needs to keep producing, it also needs to keep the hormone calcitonin working correctly. This helps calcium metabolism work. Which, of course, works with your bones, it helps keep you with the right amount of calcium in your bones.

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Important Info on Hypo and Hyperthyroidism

It doesn't only target women.

In My View

I must stop here and say; I’m not a doctor. The preceding overview was completely researched. It's the correct version of the medical terms for how this gland is supposed to work. However, I’m just someone who has in some way fallen victim to this chronic illness known as hypothyroidism, because what the above paragraphs just explained did not work in my body somehow. I don’t know if there is an answer to why it stops circulating correctly for some of us, but I can tell you it is a very aggravating illness. A very misunderstood type of illness that even the best doctors don’t really know how to relate to unless they have decided to specialize in it.

Nope, I don’t know much about how the gland works, but I do know how you feel if it doesn’t work. And for those who have gotten to know me well, you know that I am going to talk about that fact more than discuss the medical version. Yes, this is about bringing awareness. I know some may read this, and a light bulb will go off if they recognize some symptoms. And if that is the case, I will post a few informational videos, and my little poem will detail some symptoms of this illness that I experience. So make sure you watch and read everything here. You never know. It may not be yourself that you recognize symptoms in, but it could be a family member or a friend. Knowledge is power, and suggestions never hurt anyone.


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Misunderstood; Living with Hypothyroidism (poem)

I knew something

was wrong; I had

no doubt. Yet, well

educated doctors

could not figure it


every few months

I went back in, only

to be turned

away with no real

answers again.

It seems you are

overweight, just

start eating right,

and I’m sure if you

do you will start

to feel alright.

But doctor, I’ve

gone through this

all before, I do eat

well, and Exercise

a lot.

I’m so tired at times

really quite fatigued

I have these episodes

where I get completely


Not to mention

insomnia and night

sweats; I’m hot one

minute and freezing

cold the next.

I rush around like

normal moms do,

then forget exactly

why I entered a


Was I looking for

something I may

have needed?

This is not normal;

I feel so defeated.

Please help me out,

I can’t go on this way.

Sometimes I just

Want to run away.

No one gets it, and

can’t tell me why;

I feel so tired, like

I’m ready to die.

I’m not that old,

just 43, a point

in my life I should

be able to say; I

feel great, really

quite young; I

look forward to

the future when my

kids are grown.

I should be feeling

grand at this point

in my life. Yes, I

should be planning

a future of delights.

scary symptoms I have to try and control everyday


My Final Thoughts

I started this to educate others on the misunderstood condition of Hypothyroidism. Since being diagnosed with this, I have found that most people, even a family doctor will just try to give you medicine to regulate it and send you on your way without really discussing everything that could go along with this chronic illness.

I have discovered many things researching for this hub and from my own research. There are many articles and websites with great information.

© 2015 Missy Smith


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    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Unfortunately aviannovice, I believe more and more people are getting diagnosed with this. I feel it should peak the doctors curiosity more now since it is more apparent in this world. However, they still try to sweep it under the rug with a simple drug, that in all actuality is not curing every symptom. Thank you for the comment. :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I hope that your doctor is able to get a handle on this and get you back to the road of health. Good poem about the condition and good areas for advice for those so afflicted.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      Oh, I understand for sure about life and us having to go through different things at times. I haven't published a hub in a while, but have many in the works, so don't fret about trying make the rounds here. I'm sure we all have had those spells.

      I do hope you are feeling better soon. A specialist may certainly be the right choice.

      Hugs and blessings

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Faith. I just had my doctor's visit, and ironically they say my medication is indeed regulating my thyroid, but my B12 levels may be down, and they feel I may suffer from sleep apnea. I will be going for that study probably in the next few weeks or so. I will hear if my B12 levels are down, and my hormones are out of whack. They took more blood work. I'm still thinking about a specialist for my thyroid, because the symptoms I'm having is the classic symptom of my thyroid. I have read articles that say medicine can regulate it and you still have the symptoms. I need to know more, and this doctor seems not to know how to answer my questions. I think a specialist would sit me down and discuss facts. With everything I read, I know a gluten-free diet would help, yet she said it wasn't necessary when I asked. She also said my weight isn't going down as much as it should. Well then lady, it seems to me, I need the diet and more answers about why that may be. It has to be thyroid related. I tell you, it's hard to get answers you need for this type of illness. It's just a tough one to figure out.

      I wanted to tell you and everyone that I usually read and talk to here, that if I'm not writing or commenting on others work enough, It's just because I'm feeling really awful these days, and I'm trying my best to get back to feeling normal. I hope everyone understands. I will still do my best here until I find a way to feel better so I can do more.

      Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Missy,

      This is such an insightful read here and full of important information for all. I may have that Hypo one too : ( ... However, being a cancer survivor (well, healed by the sweet Lord, in reality), the Cancer Center checks everything and then some, so I may be okay in that area, however, I do have some other health issues at the moment. I need to focus on taking better care of myself, and all will be good.

      I am so sorry to hear your symptoms have returned. I pray they will subside and you are doing better soon.

      Hug and blessings always

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      A check-up never hurt anyone. I think if you feel the need, go get checked out Dana. You take care of yourself! Thanks for the comment. :)

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      You are very welcome Frank. Listen, check-ups never hurt anybody. If you are feeling more sluggish than usual or notice a difference in how you feel, it wouldn't be such a bad idea to get a check-up, right? Take care Frank! :)

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      It's very hard to deal with sometimes pstraubie48. I had a doctor appointment today, because I've been quite ill for 3 weeks now, but the doctor tells me my thyroid is fine. It doesn't make sense. Now, they are sending me for more tests. Thanks for your comment. :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good for you...being proactive about our own health issues is paramount. Insisting that you find the real cause of symptoms is your ticket to a new lease on life.

      So many times individuals rely solely on the doctor to diagnose and prescribe and sometimes the doctor has no idea which can happen, I get that.

      But refusing to feel horrible for most of your days is what leads us to find our own answers.

      Again good for you.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      I think Dana Tate said it best some of these symptoms do want me to get a check up.. helpful hub my friend thanks for sharing... and caring :) Frank

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Some of these symptoms made me want to get a check-up. I have been having sleepless nights but I suspect it's anxiety and nothing more. Very informative hub. Thank you for sharing.

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      You are so right. I too seek out the poetry and short stories here. I love creative writing. Is it so far fetched that some in the Google world would not search it out too? As a user of Google, I certainly have used it to find a good read. Although since joining HP haven't had to. :)

      It's funny, because I did just take a look at their hubs yesterday, and I see they have not received many views at all. I even tried to read one of their articles. Needless to say, I didn't make it far before I was yawning and leaving their page. I'm telling you, it's some boring stuff. Mine about hypothyroidism is boring too, and I knew it would be. I think it is important, but only if a family member or friend would like to know the effects of it. As you know, I had to post a poem along with it. I just couldn't help myself. lol

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Exactly Missy, those forum Kings and Queens are really in an alternate universe as far as creative writing and poetry is concerned. If you check some of their hubs you will find they get few comments, don't read other peoples hubs or leave comments themselves. They only have eyes for making money and attracting outside views. They don't care about the internal Hub Page community or understand that we write what makes us happy and to please our followers here, not for Google.

      What I really like about writing here is the friendship and support we can offer one another. I for one seek out poetry and short story hubs before anything else here (like information hubs).

      My advice..write what makes you shines through in your words.

      I'm always here for you...oh, yes, I'll be sure to tell my wife how lucky she is to have me :)and that you can relate to what she is going through. Take care my friend.

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jodah. I mean no one has ever understood this. Tell your wife that she is so lucky to have such a support system in you. Although I suspect she knows. Also, tell her that I certainly get what she is going through with this.

      I sincerely got lucky when I decided to join hubpages and post poetry. You and a few others here have been such a great support system when I needed it, and you don't have any idea how much that means to me.

      You know what is really sad though? The advice I got in the forum about writing quality pieces, informational pieces, they said it was the key to making it work here, but you are the only one that has read this, and I bet I don't get much more readers either. I don't plan to write too many like this one, I love the inspiration of a poetry piece. My score has even gone down since I wrote this. That's weird! lol...

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Your hub i fine as it is Missy, I didn't even notice the "affects" and "effects"...both could be right. I can certainly sympathise with what you are going through. Our family don't understand my wife's condition and it doesn't matter how much she tries to explain it....she gets, you need to do more exercise and then you will lose weight and have more energy...blah blah....they cannot understand she is incapable of doing more exercise. She is fatigued from doing what she already does. If her and I eat the same meals..I lose weight and she puts weight on. Try to hang in there, maybe try the massage therapy and see what happens. It seems to break down fat and kick start the metabolism.

    • Missy Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Nope Jodah, that's actually why I believe I had the desire to write about it. It was regulated for a while, but for about three weeks now, I've noticed my health declining and symptoms returning. I have been at my worse this last week. I had my blood work again, and I'm scheduled to see the doctor next week.

      It sounds like your wife and I have a lot in common. Massage therapy sounds wonderful, and I've been studying more about a better diet plan. A Gluten free one is what is suggested. I'm exhausted. I know you have probably seen your wife struggle with extreme fatigue as well. What makes it harder is when the people around you just don't get it. They can't relate, and I've asked my family to please read about it and educate themselves, but they don't. I guess they like thinking I'm lazy. The problem is I hate that, and I hate no energy and mood swings. I feel like screaming these past few days.

      In addition, the brain fog is pretty bad. With this hub, I posted the url as, The Affects of Hypothyroidism, and I posted the title as, The Effects of Hypothyroidism. I can't change my url, but I think the title is the correct way. I'm just so lost right now. lol... I know I could probably start a new hub and just copy everything over, that just seems like a lot of work right now to me.

      As always, Jodah, thank you for your kind sentiments and support. :)

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderfully helpful hub Missy. I know quite a lot about hypothyroidism as my wife suffers from it as well as fibromyalgia. I can confirm all the symptoms you mention.Fortunately her doctor has tried a few different things to try to control it a her current medication has stabilised it, along with Thai massage and a slight change of diet (reducing sugar mainly). I love a hub that is a combination of useful information and poetry. Well done. I hope your condition is under control as well.


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