When seeking help for hypothyroidism, the common symptom of extreme fatigue must be addressed and supported. However, not all fatigue or tiredness is due to thyroid malfunction, so how do you tell the difference? Thyroid-related fatigue begins to appear when you cannot sustain energy long enough, especially when compared to a past level of fitness or ability. If your thyroid foundation is weak, sustaining energy output is difficult. You will notice you just don’t seem to have the energy to do the things you used to be able to do. Some of the key symptoms of thyroid fatigue include:
Feeling like you don’t have the energy to exercise, and typically not exercising on a consistent basis.
A heavy or tired head, especially in the afternoon, as your head is a very sensitive indicator of thyroid hormone status.
Falling asleep as soon as you sit down and don’t have to do anything.
Do you wake up energized, and maintain decent energy throughout the day?
Are able to maintain mental alertness/sharpness/concentration, and have energy as needed to meet demands,
Do your muscles feel fit?
If so, then you likely do not have thyroid-related fatigue.
(By the way, wanting to exercise, even craving any kind of aerobic movement is a great sign of healthy energy levels)
However, the more you do not feel like this, the greater chance there is a thyroid-related problem.
Do you STILL have thyroid symptoms, even though your doctor is insisting that your thyroid is normal?
Ultimately, ONLY a thorough and COMPLETE thyroid panel (RARELY done by most medical doctors) will reveal an obvious, (but often HIDDEN) thyroid problem.