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Hypothyroid and Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

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I’ve had thyroid issues for over 20 years and have been hypothyroid for about 18 of those years, if not more. I want to share my story with you so you can have a more clear picture of the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism and know that there IS help.

It started with me having an overactive (hyper) thyroid and then having radioactive iodine treatment which then put me right into the underactive zone.

So here’s my tip and part of my story that I hope helps someone out who may be shaking their head YES thought this whole blog post.



With years of having hypothyroidism I’ve had my ups and downs with the symptoms and over the years I have become more aware of how things all go down when it comes to the doctors you see, the tests they give you and HOW YOU FEEL.

I had been doing just fine with my dosage of Synthroid and my blood tests were “normal”, HOWEVER, at one point. I just wasn’t feeling it. I was fatigued, couldn’t focus, depressed, and I thought I was doing everything right!  I was working out regularly, eating right, etc.. it just didn’t make sense and I thought I was going crazy! Even more so when I tell this to my doctor and he sends me for labs which come back “normal”. I literally remember the MA telling me over the phone, ” The doctor said your tests are normal and what you’re feeling has nothing to do with your thyroid, you should go see you PCP.”  Uhh, ok, thanks. Yep, I did NOT see him again.

See, even when your lab results come back within “NORMAL” range there still could be an underlying issue.

Hypothyroid symptoms vary greatly from person to person and it’s important to know that not all symptoms apply to everyone. If you read thru they symptoms listed at the bottom of this blog and say,  “She’s talking about me!” (especially gaining weight and being tired all the time) you’ll definitely want to follow this series because there is a good chance you are hypothyroid or suffering from low thyroid at the very least. It’s even possible that there may be a little adrenal fatigue going on there.

THIS is exactly WHY I am going to do this series about Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue, I want to educate people I what I have been through and what I have learned and share it with you so you can be that much wiser. Because, when we know better, we do better.

There are pretty much 4 causes of hypothyroidism and I will be going over them in this series.


  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Leaky Gut ( intestinal permeability)
  • Inability to deal with stress
  • Inability to get rid of toxins ( take out the trash)

So, over the next few days, I will be filling you in on how these issues affect your thyroid and adrenal gland functions.

  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Weight Gain
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Low body temperature (below 98.2)
  • Depression, Feeling uninterested in life, or seasonal blues
  • Memory loss, fuzzy-thinking, difficulty following conversations
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Dry skin, brittle nails
  • Brittle hair, itchy scalp
  • Hair loss, thinning hair
  • Irregular periods
  • PMS symptoms (moodiness, bloating, heavy periods, cramps)
  • Difficulty tolerating cold, cold when others are comfortable
  • Constipation
  • Feeling tired, sleeping more than average and still feeling tired
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Puffiness in your face, around e, es, neck and extremities such as wrists and hands
  • Hoarse voice
  • Cruising/clotting problems
  • Elevated levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and heightened risk of heart disease
  • Allergies, and allergies that suddenly appear or get worse
  • Persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts
  • Less stamina than others
  • Less energy than others
  • Long recovery period after any activity
  • Inability to hold children for very long
  • Arms feeling like dead weights after activity
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Bizarre and debilitating reaction to exercise
  • Thinning outer eyebrows, or no eyebrows
  • Hair Loss
  • No hair growth, breaks faster than it grows
  • Nodding off easily
  • Requires naps in the afternoon
  • Sleep Apnea (which can also be associated with low cortisol)
  • Lightheadedness from sitting to standing position
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Forgetfulness
  • Less ability to cope in relationships with others
  • Fertility issues
  • Inability to get pregnant; miscarriages
  • Nausea
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bumps on legs
  • Breakout on chest and arms
  • Hives
  • Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional
  • Difficulty working a full-time job
  • Inability to stand on feet for long periods
  • Complete lack of motivation
  • Slowing to a snail’s pace when walking up slight grade
  • Irritable, intolerant of others
  • Handwriting nearly illegible
  • Internal itching of ears
  • Broken/peeling fingernails
  • Major anxiety
  • Ringing in ears
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Inability to eat in the mornings
  • No appetite
  • Fluid retention to the point of Congestive Heart Failure
  • Swollen legs that prevent walking
  • Blood pressure problems (low and high)
  • Varicose veins
  • Raised temperature
  • Tightness in throat
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Sore feet (plantar fascitis); painful soles of feet
  • Digestive problems
  • Colitis
  • Extreme hunger, especially at nighttime

If 3 or more of these symptoms are something you deal with, there’s a good chance you’re unknowingly suffering from Hypothyroidism or Adrenal Fatigue.  Be sure to follow this series for more information on how to feel like yourself again!


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Hey there, I'm Melanie. I help women DITCH THE DIET MENTALITY and reclaim their health through mindful eating, hormone balancing, stress management, and digestive healing.

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