Let’s Talk Thyroid Symptoms: Fatigue + Hashimoto’s

Fatigue is one of the most common of all the symptoms for Hashimoto’s. I don’t think I’ve talked to anyone with underactive thyroid problem who have NOT experienced fatigue.

Given everyone is tired these days, fatigue that comes from an underactive thyroid can be hard to identify. Keep an eye out for other symptoms we are talking about this week.

Thyroid fatigue does present differently but it’s more than ‘just’ being tired. It can make it really hard to get out of bed. You might need a daytime nap to just function.

I was definitely fatigued in the lead up to my diagnosis but I think my thyroid had been slowly declining for so long it was really hard to tell what was ‘different’. I knew I was tired, but I just kept going.

Even when properly medicated, it can be common to have times when the fatigue really hits. Learning over time if there are particular triggers for you can be helpful. For it’s often combined with periods of stress and when my gut health isn’t the best, that can impact too.

Tips

🩸Get your bloods checked through your doctor. Perhaps you’ll need some medication or adjustment in medication. 

🍎 Check your diet. Grains and sugars can have an impact.

😴 Don’t be afraid to have a nap if you need one. Sleep/rest is critical.

💦 Essential oils like peppermint, spearmint & citrus oils (eg lemon, wild orange, grapefruit) can be great as an energy boost.

🧘‍♀️ Do gentle (not high impact) exercise. Pushing yourself won’t help.

Here is another helpful article I’ve found on this topic.

✅ Join the discussion in the Facebook group, Let’s Talk Thyroid

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Read about other common thyroid symptoms here.

Suspect you have a thyroid issue? PLEASE trust your instincts and get it thoroughly checked out with your health practitioner. This thyroid basics page has an overview of what tests to ask for and a link to use a private lab if you’re doctor won’t order them.

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You might also like to listen to my interview with my doctor here.

 

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