[Dr. Cohen, host of the Thyroid Summit, is speaking at The Pain Relief Project (online & free) on Monday, January 19. Click here to register for free! Continue reading to learn more about Dr. Cohen’s work.]
The thyroid is situated at the base of your neck, barely beneath the Adam’s apple. You probably haven’t given much thought to this small gland, unless it’s wreaking havoc on your health and then it might have your full attention. It’s hard to believe that something so small could play such a significant role in your health, but it does.
You might liken the thyroid gland to the shape of a butterfly as it appears to have two distinct parts that resemble wings. An endocrine gland, the thyroid is responsible for making hormones which include the speed at which your body burns calories as well as the beating of your heart. Together these types of activities form your metabolism.
Some typical thyroid problems include hyperthyroidism (when the gland produces an abundance of hormones) and hypothyroidism (a hormone deficit). There’s also thyroid cancer as well as nodules, goiters, and other types of swelling that can occur.
In 2014, there were more than 15k estimated cases of thyroid cancer in men and nearly 50k new cases in women.
What’s more, thyroid cancer occurs in people of all ages, from children to seniors.
The most common endocrine cancer, thyroid cancer usually shows up in people ages 20 to 55. Something else to consider is that it has no symptoms in its early stages.
So just how do issues of the thyroid present themselves? They can come to life in a myriad of signs and symptoms.
If your body is producing too much thyroid hormone, you might suffer from anything such as weight loss even in spite of having more appetite, a quickly beating heart, high blood pressure, feeling nervous and possibly perspiring to excess.
You could also be dealing with more frequent trips to the bathroom, and loose stools due to muscle weakness.
On the other hand, if your body is lacking thyroid hormones due to hypothyroidism, you might feel sluggish or foggy-headed and even suffer from depression. This condition also can produce a slow heartbeat and extreme sensitivity to cold temperatures, plus numb feelings in your extremities.
Another widely reported symptom of patients with thyroid conditions is chronic pain. This is often because the imbalances in the thyroid hormones are known to cause diseases that directly affect your skeletal muscles.
Among these myopathies that stem from thyroid issues are:
- Cramping, painful or stiff muscles
- Joints that ache, feel stiff or are generally painful
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
They can cause issues in mobility such as problems with stair climbing, grasping or holding small objects and not being able to lift your arms above your head.
But treating the pain from these issues doesn’t address the root of the problem.
Instead, it creates a vicious cycle of self medicating with strong pain relievers that can cause other issues entirely.
It’s just by learning the “real” connection between chronic pain and thyroid disease that you can see a way towards pain-free living.
And it isn’t just about quitting your pain medications cold turkey. Did you know there’s a right and wrong way to stop using pain meds?
When you truly understand the thyroid-pain connection, you’ll begin to see what steps to take to alleviate your symptoms once and for all.
Get to the root of the problem, instead of just masking it with pain medications. Experience total health – mind, body, and spirit.
We’re excited to have Dr. Suzy Cohen, RPh, as a speaker for The Pain Relief Project (register for free now!). Living with pain is not really living and now you can learn about the connection between your thyroid and the chronic pain that’s keeping you from experiencing your best life. Sign up now to hear from Dr. Cohen and a host of other incredible health experts who hold the information that is key to your success. Start living a healthier life by making a move in the right direction toward health today!
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