Getting a diagnosis if you fear you have problems with your thyroid

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August 30, 2012 by dontbringlulubook

It’s quite possible that you have been ill for some time and have visited your General Practitioner (GP) on many occasions regarding some symptom or other.

Some people with thyroid issues may suffer from cold spells.  If you find you have the heating up at home, and people make comments, it’s best to see your GP.  Sleep patterns may also be extended, for example sleeping early, waking up late as well as taking an afternoon nap.  This is because of your body temperature being too high.

Try to be clear and precise when you speak to your doctor. It might be an idea to take someone with you if you can, not only for support but also so that they can remember what has been said.  How often have you come out of the doctor’s surgery and forgotten nearly everything that was said to you? This person may also be able to confirm what you are telling the doctor.
Undiagnosed hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism can cause a great strain on the heart.   Hypothyroidism can cause coronary atherosclerosis (furring up of the arteries) due to high cholesterol levels.  Dr Rowan Hillson tells us in her book, “Thyroid Disorders”, “Lack of T3 and T4 alters fat metabolism… and this can lead to furring of the coronary arteries (coronary atherosclerosis) and reduction of the blood supply to some of the heart muscle.

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