Thyroid conditions often get masked in ‘slowness of breath’.
One may find themselves almost forgetting to breathe, and then get a fright and take a BIG inhale to catch up.
Usually yawning a lot of the time, especially when waking, as the body desperately tries to re-oxygenate.
Often this is accompanied by excessive loud sighing.
By itself it doesn’t seem like a big medical issue, but under the surface of this relatively harmless habit it is a very different situation that may be a sign of something more sinister.
Are you tired upon waking, finding it hard to get out of bed?
Does your energy crash mid afternoon?
Is everything an effort?
Has your libido and lust for life disappeared?
Our Thyroid Is the Master controller of our body. Thyroid hormones are needed for energy, metabolism, digestion, mental function, healing, reproduction and growth.
When thyroid hormones become low, everything slows down – it’s like taking your foot off the car’s accelerator.
Our metabolism slows, causing weight gain.
Our hair thins out, our skin dries up, we become sluggish, and circulation slows down.
This affects how well oxygen can travel around the body, which can result in yawning and breathlessness.
Breathlessness and Weight Gain
If you are experiencing both breathlessness with excess weight, there could be extra pressure on your cardiovascular system. The usual advice is, “Lose some weight”.
But what if you can’t?
What if you eat like a bird and can’t budge the weight?
Then you could have a thyroid issue that hasn’t been addressed.
What if I’m on thyroid medication but still feel all those symptoms?
We work with so many women on thyroxine who struggle with ongoing thyroid symptoms. If you are on medication but not feeling better, we can help you.
GPs don’t test how well your medication is converting to the active form called free T3. Thyroxine can also be converted to too much reverse T3 and that leads to issues that will not self correct, especially if your medication dose is slightly out and all of it is converting incorrectly.
Simply testing TSH and T4 are really only useful to measure if the medication dose is correct in the blood stream, but it does not tell the story of how well the medication is converting and working in the body – and if you are suffering symptoms still, their is most likely an issue here.
We can help!
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