TSH tests are used to evaluate your levels of thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH) in order to diagnose thyroid disease. When you have increased levels of TSH, it usually means that your thyroid is underactive and your body is releasing additional TSH to stimulate it. Low TSH can mean that your thyroid is overactive and your body is withholding TSH to try to slow it down. TSH tests are sometimes included in the blood work completed during physicals, but if you are experiencing any of these symptoms of thyroid disease, consider asking your physician if you should be screened.
Your thyroid is responsible for regulating the rate of your metabolism. If it is underactive, meaning that it is not producing enough T3 and T4 hormones, then your metabolism may slow down and you may gain weight, even though your appetite may be decreased. An overactive thyroid can over-stimulate your metabolism and lead to weight loss with an increased appetite. If your weight has changed without notable changes in diet or activity level, ask your doctor if your thyroid could be to blame.
Hot and Cold Intolerance
The revved-up feeling that accompanies an overactive thyroid can lead to increased sweating and feelings of warmth, which makes people increasingly intolerant to hot temperatures. They may also complain about being hot when other people are comfortable. An underactive thyroid alternatively makes people sensitive to the cold. With an underactive thyroid gland, people often feel cold even when the temperatures are warm.
People with both overactive and underactive thyroid glands often complain of persistent brain fog. This fogginess can contribute to reduced ability to concentrate and memory lapses. Both conditions can also cause fatigue that further exacerbates the fogginess.
In addition to urgent care services, Paramount Urgent Care offers family medicine and walk-in physicals in Orlando, with onsite lab screenings. If you’re concerned about your thyroid hormone levels or need other healthcare services, pay a visit to one of our four area locations or call 352-674-9218.