Hypothyroidism- Underactive or Inactive Thyroid Gland…What does it do?

Think of your body as you would if it were a business, you have the CEO, V.P.’s, Upper Management and Middle Management and of course all of the non-management employees of the various departments within the business contributing to the whole. Even though the Thyroid is the largest gland of the Endocrinne system it is not the Big boss, as it does what the Pituatery Gland dictates based on what the CEO (Hypothalamus) has ordered. The Thyroids position would probably be considered Upper Management and a position without which a ton of work would either be below quality standards or not getting done at all. So your chain of command looks something like this

Hypothalamus portion of Brain

Pituatery Gland

Thyroid Gland

Hormones

Super Highway (blood stream)
Cells

The Brains Hypothalamus communicates with the Pituitary gland giving it the ideas and plans it wants implemented. Then the Pituitary gland dictates the parameters and guidelines for these implementations to the Thyroid gland who in turn loads all the data into the┬áhormones fondly referred to as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine or tetraiodothyronine), abbreviations are much easier to pronounce, and sends them out via the super highway of the circulatory system the blood stream. Like glorious dolphins the hormones travel through the blood stopping at each and every Cell-‘boat’ passing on production information and verifying the appropriate levels needed for optimal performance. T3 and T4 hormones have their thumbs in some pretty crucial pies. For example Nerve Function, Stimulating the heart to contract, making certain normal growth and brain developement are occuring as well as making sure nutrients and cholesterol are being used properly.

When you are living with Hypothyroidism all of these important functions are not being overseen in a beneficial manner, so replacements are brought in by using synthisized hormone prescription medication, such as the brand Synthroid or generic name Levothyroxine. Some of the most common indicators for potential Hypothyroidism could include-

  • Forgetfullness
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • puffy face
  • horse voice
  • inexplicable weight gain that is very hard to lose
  • stiff tender and swollen joints and muscles
  • High cholesterol and much more.

Many things can and may go wrong if the thyroid isn’t doing its job, but it is really good at covering its tracks see, because a lot of the indicators can also be symptoms of other problems. The test to determine your thyroid status is easy to have done by your doctor using some of your blood, with treatment easily available.

Know your body… Ease you mind, if you have an inkling that some of the experiences you’ve been enjoying (not) are because of your Thyroid slacking off then for sure hit your Doctor up about it and don’t be shy.

Hope you all have had a great weekend and that your week is even better. Til next time Y’all.