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Hypothyroidism - Types, Causes, Symptoms & Homeopathic Treatment Of It!

Dr. Kavita Dhamale 82% (10 ratings)
MD -Homeopathy, BHMS, Certificate Course In Child Counseling & Parenting
Homeopath, Pune
Hypothyroidism - Types, Causes, Symptoms & Homeopathic Treatment Of It!

Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by deficiency of thyroid hormone. The main duty of thyroid hormone is to maintain the metabolism of the body. Hence, the person having Hypothyroidism will experience slow metabolism. Hypo means underactive, which means the lack of thyroid hormones in the body. 

Types of Hypothyroidism

This happens when the functioning thyroid gland fail to produce T3 and T4. As a result, pituitary gland releases Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). TSH is the hormone which normally stimulates production of T3 and T4 hormones.

  1. Primary Hypothyroidism is the deficiency of thyroid hormones due to inadequate production.

  2. Secondary Hypothyroidism is deficiency of thyroid hormones due to inadequate stimulation of the thyroid gland through pituitary gland.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Homeopathic Treatment for Hypothyroidism

Homeopathic medicines are always known for treating the disease permanently and same way the medicine performs here too. The disease could be treated with the help of different medicines in homeopathy. Choosing or prescribing the right medicine depends on the cause of the disease and its effect.

Conventional treatment for thyroid disease involves a lifelong medication or painful process. Although there are many alternative treatments, among all those treatments Homoeopathic treatment is a good one to opt because it will have no side effects and also a painless procedure to control and get relief. While in homeopathy, we propose to treat the problem not by supplementing the deficiencies or surplus, but by reactivation of Thyroid glandular function. Our immune system is also under constant attack from toxins within air, water and food supply.

These pollutants, over-stimulate our immune system, create autoimmune reactions and damage Thyroid function. In Homeopathy we provide constitutional treatment which focuses on improving the function of the Thyroid gland by natural means. The constitutional remedies will stimulate the body to reactivate Thyroid secretions. In our Thyroid treatment we will help to boost energy, improve circulation and thereby help balancing hypo as well as hyperthyroid functions. It may be also used as a supportive help for regulating both hypo and hyper thyroid functions.

Hypothyroidism - Widespread Yet Elusive!

Dr. Gauri Kadlaskar Palsule 90% (450 ratings)
MD- Homoeopathy
Homeopath,
Hypothyroidism -  Widespread Yet Elusive!

Hypothyroidism: widespread yet elusive

Shrouded in misconceptions and blessed with simple and common early symptoms, hypothyroidism remains elusive. Be informed, watchful and you can seek early medical help 

Thyroid glands and the thyroid hormones control some of the most vital bodily functions in mammal bodies, including humans; thyroid glands control the metabolism. When one suffers from Hypothyroidism, thyroid glands are underactive producing less thyroid for the body. Initial symptoms may be as simple and common as fatigue, weakness and facial puffiness, however, if not treated early, hypothyroidism may progress into slow metabolism and general symptoms and health complications.

Common yet misunderstood

In 2014, a study by The Lancet and Indian Association of Endocrinology found that India had over 42 million incidences of thyroid disorders; hypothyroidism is most commonly prevalent. The study also found that hypothyroidism affected over the double the number of females (15%) compared to the males (6%). The most affected age group for both the sexes was between 40 and 53 years. The study also observes that incidence is higher among the hinterland populations compared to the populations living along the coast in India. At my clinic, hypothyroidism patients are the highest followed by patients with allergic rhinitis, PCOD, and diabetes.

Recognise hypothyroidism with symptoms

Besides the common symptoms mentioned earlier, prolonged thyroid failure may lead to several symptoms; they all may not appear in each patient, however, these are a few clinical features of the disorder. One may feel sleepy and drowsy all the time, gain weight as early signs. One may develop cold intolerance, and the voice may become hoarse. Anaemia, dry and flaky skin and hair, hair fall, are some of the commonly observed symptoms among hypothyroid patients. Tingling in palms and swollen feet are also seen among many patients. One may develop constipation. Ladies may face menstrual irregularities, the absence of menses, and males may develop infertility and impotence. Depression is also one of the clinical features of hypothyroidism.

Homoeopathy helps with hypothyroidism

A 19-year-old lady visited my clinic with a backache, leg pain and constipation. She also complained about irritability. She did not have a definitive diagnosis despite her longtime nature of the symptoms; however, her low weight at 35 kg at her height of 5 feet 4 inches alerted me. After an initial prescription of Aesculus, a detailed case taking revealed the young lady's family history – both her sisters suffered from hypothyroidism. After thyroid profiling, I prescribed her specific medicines considering her physical symptoms and psychological features. In the follow up a backache was gone, but constipation persisted. Higher potency of the medicine was given, and after a month her thyroid tests revealed all the levels were within the normal range. After six months of continued cautionary medication, she has been symptom-free for the past two years without any medication.

Expecting mother at thirty-something was investigated for thyroid after seven weeks of pregnancy. The test results revealed disturbed than normal thyroid levels, though she had no symptoms. She was a known case of PCOD and had the history of sudden weight gain at menarche. After the thyroid-test revelations, she was concerned about the foetus' growth. I counselled her about pregnancy-specific hypothyroidism among women as the demand for thyroid during pregnancy. I also assured her that her condition would not adversely affect her pregnancy or the baby. I also prescribed her Calc Carb, and the thyroid-test was done after a month; the results showed significant positive benefits of the medication. The mother was monitored for hypothyroidism through the pregnancy and later until she lactated. The newborn was also tested for hypothyroidism. The mother and the baby showed no signs of the disorder.

A young 10-years-old boy suffered from swelling on his throat. He as a diagnosed case of hypothyroidism as young as 8-years-old, although when he came to my clinic, he was not responding to any treatment. A detailed case taking revealed that his sister was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism, around the same age as he was. To further investigate his case, I advised antithyroid antibody tests; these tests help us pinpoint the kind of hypothyroidism. The tests revealed he had Hashimoto's thyroiditis; the little boy’s autoimmune system had turned against the thyroid gland. Considering his peculiar case Calcarea Sulph was prescribed; a follow up after one month revealed the swelling had completely subsided. His tests results were also within the normal range. I continued the medication and examined the boy every three months. He is symptoms free for the past 3 years, though he is advised to undergo regular tests to ensure symptom- and trouble-free life for the young boy.

Accurate disgnosis and personalised medication for effective treatment

In my experience, many cases of hypothyroidism are not so obvious. However, thorough diagnosis for women in the reproductive age group with complaints of tiredness, weight gain, facial and pedal swelling or menstrual irregularities have helped in identifying the disorder early and provide effective treatment. From the common symptomatic hypothyroidism cases to non-symptomatic or allied-symptomatic cases such as patients with the history of PCOD diagnosed with thyroid disorders, to post-surgery hypothyroid patients visit my clinic, and I can help them with homoeopathy.

 

Hypothyroidism - Signs Your Body Is Giving You!

Dr. Vinita G 89% (12 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Hypothyroidism - Signs Your Body Is Giving You!

The thyroid gland plays a major role in most of the metabolic processes that occur in the body. This is due to the hormones it produces. Disorders in thyroid can go from a little, innocuous goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment, to fetal growth. The most widely recognized thyroid issues include irregular generation of thyroid hormones. Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs due to presence of excess thyroid hormones. Inversely, hypothyroidism is caused due to insufficient hormone production. It is common that people with this condition will exhibit symptoms associated with slow metabolism.

There are two genuinely regular reasons for hypothyroidism.

  • The first is a result of past (or current) irritation of the thyroid organ, which leaves a vast amount of the cells of the thyroid harmed (or dead) and unequipped for providing an adequate amount of hormones. The most widely recognized reason for the failure of thyroid organs is called autoimmune thyroiditis (also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis), a type of thyroid irritation brought about by the patient's own immune system.
  • The second significant cause is the general class of medical treatments.

The treatment of numerous thyroid conditions requires surgical removal of a segment or the greater part of the thyroid gland. In the event that the aggregate mass of thyroid delivering cells left inside the body are insufficient to address the issues of the body, the patient will experience hypothyroidism. It is to be noted that this is regularly the objective of the surgery for thyroid cancer.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include

It is totally treatable in numerous patients basically by taking a little pill once per day. However, it is usually more complicated. The medication comes in different varieties, which implies that a fitting dose can quite often be found for every patient and be re-assessed annually. A few patients will notice a slight decrease in indications in 1 to 2 weeks, yet the full metabolic reaction to thyroid hormone treatment is regularly deferred for a month or two preceding the patient feels totally typical. It is imperative that the right measure of thyroid hormone is used. After around a month's treatment, hormone levels are measured in the blood to set up whether the dosage of thyroid hormone, which the patient is taking is proper.

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Hypothyroidism - Top Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Dr. Sanjay Singh 87% (177 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Lucknow
Hypothyroidism - Top Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Hypothyroidism refers to a condition which arises due to deficiency of thyroid hormones in the body. Hypo basically means under or below or less. Thus, an underactive thyroid gland is hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland plays a crucial in our body by releasing thyroid hormones and so if the gland becomes underactive, then the body tends to lack thyroid hormones.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism does not occur all of a sudden. Rather the condition takes a long time to develop. The initial symptoms for people affected by this problem generally are fatigue and feeling tired very easily.  Symptoms include:

  1. People start to feel fatigued easily; hence the stamina to do any kind of work goes down.
  2. There is sense of weakness, which might creep in, with and slow and insidious developmentPatient can gain weight even after eating little amount of food. It might also happen that patients might find it difficult to lose weight despite going through strict regime of diet and exercise.
  3. Dryness of skin might be experienced
  4. There could be loss of hairIt could be really difficult for patients to bear cold and hence start to feel unduly chilly compared to people around him or her.
  5. Problem of constipation could creep in, hence affecting bowel movements.
  6. People might even tend to feel very depressed for no apparent reason.

Causes Behind Hypothyroidism

There could be a number of reasons which might give rise to the emergence of problem of hypothyroidism. The causes include:

  1. Inadequate production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland
  2. Viral infections or certain respiratory disorders
  3. Getting exposed to radiation therapy for cancer treatments can induce hypothyroidism
  4. Some people might be born with underactive thyroid gland.

Homeopathic Treatment for Hypothyroidism

Homeopathic treatment in hypothyroidism includes:

  1. Homeopathic treatment involves correcting the imbalance in the thyroid hormones in an extremely mild and subtle way.
  2. The homeopathic medicines are completely natural in origin and do not have side-effects.
  3. They help to improve the functioning of the thyroid gland in a permanent manner.
  4. Once a patient gets cured out of the problem, he or she need not take the medicine any longer.
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Homeopathic Remedies For Treating Hypothyroidism!

Dr. Vanshaj Goel 87% (30 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Ghaziabad
Homeopathic Remedies For Treating Hypothyroidism!

As we age, we may get a lot wiser and experienced; however, the down-side of gaining knowledge and experience is that we also have to face a lot of health issues and troubles. Problems related to hormones and glands become common as we grow older, and one amongst the most common problems is hypothyroidism. This is a problem that affects the thyroid gland, which is located around the throat region, and is commonly found in women. When the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones or is underactive, you may be diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

The lack of activity in the thyroid gland may lead to a number of other issues such as lowering of metabolism and the disturbance of immunity in the body. The problem of slow thyroid may alsoarise because of the lack of iodine in the body, and in any case, it is important to bring the issue under control so that a healthy lifestyle may be achieved.

Homeopathy and hypothyroidism
One of the best ways to be able to deal with lifestyle and hormone diseases is to opt for homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy is the branch of medicine that usesnatural means and products to treat health issues; the biggest and most stubborn of diseases are known to be treated with the help of this stream of medication. The same holds true for hypothyroidism because it is found that the most effective way to treat this problem is through the use of homeopathic medicines.

Since there are a lot of medicines that can be used for treating hypothyroidism through homeopathy, the medicines that are prescribed by medical practitioners are segregated on the basis of the symptoms or the effects of the problem, such as the following:

  1. You may be prescribed homeopathy medicines for hypothyroidism if you are experiencing excessive weight gain, which is one of the main symptoms of this condition. In such cases, you may be given medicines that help in controlling not only weight gain issues but also issues of lowered hormone secretion.
  2. A lot of homeopathy experts also suggest medicines that are exclusively developed for women who experience menstrual issues due to hypothyroidism, which also happens to be a common occurrence.
  3. The tolerance for cold in a lot of people is also affected due to the presence of hypothyroidism, which may require a different type of treatment or medication in the field of homeopathy.
  4. Many also suffer from issues such as constipation and hair fall which are generally connected to the symptoms of hypothyroidism,and the homeopathic medicines prescribed by doctors may help in tackling such symptoms.

While it may be wise to choose homeopathy as your preferred stream of medicine when hypothyroidism is diagnosed, it is also important to make sure that the best and the most experienced doctors in the arena are chosen for getting the most effective treatment.

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Hypothyroidism - Causes And Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. Prachi Goel 88% (64 ratings)
BHMS, MD
Homeopath, Delhi
Hypothyroidism - Causes And Homeopathic Treatment!

Hypothyroidism is a condition called deficiency of thyroid hormone. The main duty of thyroid hormone is to rmaintain the metabolism of the body. Hence, the person affected by it will experience slow metabolism. Hypo means underactive, which means the lack of thyroid hormones in the body. 

Types of Hypothyroidism

This happens when the functioning thyroid gland fail to produce T3 and T4. As a result, pituitary gland releases Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This helps in producing T3 and T4 hormones. This cause is termed as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

  1. Primary Hypothyroidism is the deficiency of thyroid hormones due to inadequate production.
  2. Secondary Hypothyroidism is deficiency of thyroid hormones due to inadequate stimulation of the thyroid gland through pituitary gland.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Homeopathy Treatment for Hypothyroidism
Homeopathy medicines are always known for treating the disease permanently and same way the medicine performs here too. The disease could be treated through different medicines in homeopathy. Choosing or prescribing the right medicine depends on the cause of the disease and its effect.

Here is the list of homeopathy medicines that helps in eradicating the effectiveness of the disease completely.

  • Calcarea Carbonica
  • Sepia Officinalis
  • Lycopodium Clavatum
  • Graphites
  • Nux Vomica
  • Iodum treats hypothyroidism. The person is emaciated
  • Thymusinum - treatment of stunted conditions in children
  • Bromum treats goiter
  • Lapis albus treats hyperthyroidism and goiter
  • Natrum muriaticum treats an under active gland

However, these are just the names of the medicines, which should not be taken without prior approval from a homeopathy doctor, as the dosage and frequency of the medicine will be decided by the doctor based on the patient's condition and symptoms.

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Hypothyroidism - Factors That Can Trigger It!

Dr. Abhyudaya Verma 89% (142 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine, DNB - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism
Endocrinologist, Indore
Hypothyroidism - Factors That Can Trigger It!

Do you have an extremely low reading of thyroxine or T4, it means that you are suffering from an under active thyroid disease called hypothyroidism. With this condition, your thyroid glands fail to make sufficient thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland releases hormones, which travel all over your bloodstream and affect all parts of the body. Thyroid controls how the cells of the body use energy from food via the metabolism process, which in turn affects the body’s temperature, heartbeat and burning of calories. Lack of thyroid hormones slows down the body’s functions, reduces your energy and the metabolism is disrupted.

Causes of hypothyroidism
The primary cause of this condition is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroiditis refers to an inflammation of your thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which extra antibodies are produced which destroy the thyroid gland. Viral infections may also lead to thyroiditis.

Other causes of the condition are as follows:

  1. Radiation therapy to the neck region for the treatment of several cancers like lymphoma may damage the cells present in the thyroid gland. Hence, the gland cannot secrete hormones properly.
  2. Radioactive iodine treatment is undertaken by people having an overactive thyroid gland. Radiation destroys the thyroid gland cells and leads to hypothyroidism.
  3. Certain medicines used to treat heart problems, cancer and psychiatric diseases may affect the thyroid gland and lead to hypothyroidism.
  4. Surgeries undertaken for removing the thyroid also lead to hypothyroidism.
  5. Iodine is required by the thyroid gland to produce hormones. A low amount of iodine in your diet and body may lead to hypothyroidism.

Risks factors of hypothyroidism

Usually women, especially older women are more likely to get hypothyroidism than men. The factors which determine if you are at a risk of acquiring the condition are as follows:

 

  1. Race
  2. Age
  3. Premature graying of hair
  4. Autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, celiac disease, Addison’s disease and many more.
  5. Bipolar disorder
  6. Turner’s syndrome
  7. Down’s syndrome

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are as follows:

  1. Changes in menstrual cycle
  2. Constipation
  3. Hair loss and dry hair
  4. Fatigue and tiredness
  5. A slow heart rate
  6. Depression
  7. An increased sensitivity towards cold
  8. Swelling of the thyroid gland or goiter
  9. Gaining weight unusually or great difficulty in losing weight
  10. Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you observe the symptoms of hypothyroidism, you should consult a doctor who will prescribe several blood tests, such as the thyroid stimulating hormone test and the T4 or thyroxine test. Based on the results, a treatment method is adopted.

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How To Treat Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy?

Dr. Aruna Muralidhar 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS,MD(medicine), MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MRCOG, FRCOG, FICM
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
How To Treat Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy?

The thyroid gland within the body plays an important role in regulating your metabolism among many other functions. This is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck and plays an important role within your body. However, a common condition that may afflict it is hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland. It is even more of a problem if you are pregnant as it may affect your baby’s development in the womb. It has also been noticed that pregnancy in itself may cause hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism-

Pregnant women may also exhibit symptoms common to other patients who are suffering from hypothyroidism. These may include:

  1. Fatigue along with lethargy.

  2. Mild to significant weight gain.

  3. Constipation.

  4. Feeling cold with severe chills

The thyroid gland produces the T4 hormone responsible for regulating many mechanisms within the body such as metabolism. With hypothyroidism, the production of this hormone decreases or stops altogether. This is important as disruption in the production of the hormone may disrupt the normal development of your baby.

Effects of Hypothyroidism on your baby-

Hypothyroidism during pregnancy can affect your child’s developmental abilities. Many studies in this field have shown that such children tend to have learning difficulties and may even display lower IQ scores during tests. It was noticed that sometimes, hypothyroidism during pregnancy wasn’t diagnosed correctly as the pregnant mother did not show much apparent symptoms. This is also a major issue in the early diagnosis of the problem. Hence, it is absolutely imperative to test for thyroid problems early during pregnancy.

Prevention is the Best Cure-

It is thus very important that mothers be screened properly for thyroid issues even before they are pregnant and while they are pregnant. Some of the medically recommended steps that should be taken are –

  1. Screening before pregnancy as this can help to devise a solution for this condition.

  2. Women with goiter or enlarged thyroid should most certainly be screened.

  3. Women with a family history of hypothyroidism should be screened.

Treatments for Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy-

The doctors may suggest thyroid hormone replacement therapy wherein artificial T4 hormone is introduced into the body. This helps to maintain a constant rate of the thyroid hormone within the body. This can be done even before pregnancy as the developing fetus is completely dependent on the mother for its thyroid hormone until at least 12 weeks when the baby’s body can start producing it on its own. Also, the levels of this hormone should be regularly checked within the body through the TSH or the thyroid stimulating hormone tests to ensure that the levels are at a safe minimum.  

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Causes Of Hypothyroidism And Its Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. Jay Verma 84% (10 ratings)
BHMS, CAFE
Homeopath, Lucknow
Causes Of Hypothyroidism And Its Homeopathic Treatment!

Hypothyroidism is a condition called deficiency of thyroid hormone. The main duty of thyroid hormone is to maintain the metabolism of the body. Hence, the person affected by it will experience slow metabolism. Hypo means underactive, which means the lack of thyroid hormones in the body. 

Types of Hypothyroidism

This happens when the functioning thyroid gland fail to produce T3 and T4. As a result, pituitary gland releases Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This helps in producing T3 and T4 hormones. This cause is termed as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

  1. Primary Hypothyroidism is the deficiency of thyroid hormones due to inadequate production.
  2. Secondary Hypothyroidism is deficiency of thyroid hormones due to inadequate stimulation of the thyroid gland through pituitary gland.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Homeopathy Treatment for Hypothyroidism
Homeopathy medicines are always known for treating the disease permanently and same way the medicine performs here too. The disease could be treated through different medicines in homeopathy. Choosing or prescribing the right medicine depends on the cause of the disease and its effect.

Here is the list of homeopathy medicines that helps in eradicating the effectiveness of the disease completely.

  • Calcarea Carbonica
  • Sepia Officinalis
  • Lycopodium Clavatum
  • Graphites
  • Nux Vomica
  • Iodum treats hypothyroidism. The person is emaciated
  • Thymusinum - treatment of stunted conditions in children
  • Bromum treats goiter
  • Lapis albus treats hyperthyroidism and goiter
  • Natrum muriaticum treats an under active gland

However, these are just the names of the medicines, which should not be taken without prior approval from a homeopathy doctor, as the dosage and frequency of the medicine will be decided by the doctor based on the patient's condition and symptoms. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Can You Manage Joint Pain Due To Hypothyroidism?

Dr. Anantharaman Ramakrishnan 82% (61 ratings)
DM - Endocrinology, MBBS, MD - Medicine
Endocrinologist, Bangalore
How Can You Manage Joint Pain Due To Hypothyroidism?

The body is controlled by chemicals known as hormones. These are produced in minute quantities by minute organs, but have great control on almost all body functions. There are different hormones, each determining different functions like how tall a person will grow, how strong the bones will be, how well a person can react to stress and the reproductive ages. There is also a master gland called the pituitary which is situated somewhere deep in the brain, which controls all these organs. Small variations in the amount of these chemicals in the body produce significant effect on their respective control organ.

Thyroid is one such major gland, which produces a hormone called thyroxine or T4 as it is commonly called. This controls metabolism and emotional health to a large extent. Reduced amounts of T4 is very common in women, and with altered metabolism, there is increased musculoskeletal pain in various joints.

Here are some of the best ways to reduce Joint Pain from Hypothyroidism:

  1. Step Up to Low-Impact Aerobics: Twenty to 60 minutes of near-daily aerobics — really any exercise that gets your heart pumping — can help speed up your metabolism and counter weight gain, a common hypothyroidism symptom and a contributor to joint pain. But if you have joint or knee pain, choose low-impact aerobics. Swimming is the ideal low-impact aerobic exercise — the water buoys your body and cushions joints.
  2. Strengthen Your Muscles: Strength- or weight-training exercises build muscle mass, which uses more calories than fat even at rest. That promotes weight loss and can ease the strain on your joints. Stronger muscles also directly help protect nearby joints. For example, strengthening exercises such as squats, lunges, and leg lifts develop the muscles that support the knees. Start slow with 15 repetitions of each exercise. Then build up to three sets of 15 reps each.
  3. Get Plenty of Sleep: Sleep is the time for muscles and joints to recover. If you're not sleeping well, you are not recovering as fast as you could be. What's more, when you're sleep deprived, you're likely to crave junk and comfort foods that can contribute to weight gain, which adds stress to your joints and increases joint pain. Aim for seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night.
  4. Stick to a Healthy Diet: Replace the junk food that can lead to weight gain with choices that enhance your health. For example, add fatty fish to your diet. It's a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, known to decrease inflammation, which may be contributing to your muscle and joint pain. Coldwater fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna have some the highest amounts of omega-3s. Also be sure to get lots of fresh fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants, which may counter inflammation, too.
  5. Practice Yoga: Yoga poses are a great way to provide relief for joint pain while also increasing flexibility. For shoulder pain, look for poses that open your chest, like this simple pose: Sit with your feet flat on the floor. As you inhale, stretch your arms over your head. Clasp your hands together over your head and then turn your palms up toward the ceiling. Drop your shoulders and straighten up as if pushing through your head. Hold for 30 seconds. Release your hands, bringing them down behind you. Next, clasp your hands behind your back and lift your arms. Hold for another 30 seconds.
  6. Don't Let Fatigue Win: Fatigue is one of the most common hypothyroidism symptoms. Even though you might feel listless, you'll benefit from exercise because it will rev your metabolism and help you maintain flexibility despite muscle and joint pain. If you're too exhausted to complete a full exercise routine, break it up into several short bouts — even 10 minutes done three times a day will be effective. Also, stretching and relaxation exercises within two hours of bedtime may help you sleep better.
  7. Meditate for Stress Relief: Having a chronic condition such as hypothyroidism can be stressful, and that stress can actually contribute to pain and tension. That's why it's important to find ways to reduce stress, such as the practice of mindfulness meditation. This form of meditation teaches you how to distract yourself from what's bothering you by refocusing your attention, often on your own breathing. 

Thyroid hormones help all your organs work well. They control how your body uses food for energy.

What Do Thyroids Do

Thyroid hormones affect your metabolism rate, which means how fast or slow your brain, heart, muscles, liver, and other parts of your body work. If your body works too fast or too slowly, you won’t feel well. For example, if you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, you might feel tired and cold. Or, if you have too much thyroid hormone, you might feel nervous, jumpy, and warm.

What hormones does my thyroid gland produce?

The thyroid gland produces thyroxine (T4), which is a relatively inactive prohormone and lower amounts of the active hormone, triiodothyronine (T3). Collectively, T3 and T4 are referred to as the thyroid hormones. Twenty percent of the body’s triiodothyronine is made by the thyroid gland; the other 80% comes from thyroxine converted by organs such as the liver or kidneys.

The thyroid gland also produces calcitonin from cells called C-cells. Calcitonin is understood to play a role in regulating calcium levels in the body, but its exact function in humans remains unclear. Thyroid hormone is one such chemical which has effect on all organs of the body including the joints. Vague pains may be due to thyroid disorders. They are easy to manage with treatment.

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