Why am I so tired?
One of the biggest things that I see when women come to me, especially that are struggling with hypothyroidism, is fatigue. It's super common. Fatigue can happen from a lot of things, but hypothyroidism and fatigue usually go hand in hand.
Also, keep in mind that you do not need to have hypothyroidism to have fatigue. I do have women that come to me that are not diagnosed with hypothyroidism and they still work with me in my one-on-one program in my thyroid program, because we still work on all the things to support the thyroid, even if that blood panel does look normal.
So, just doing a blood panel sometimes isn't enough. Like I already mentioned, you can actually have a somewhat normal thyroid panel and still have this extreme fatigue going on.
The other thing to consider is what blood panel are they doing? If they're not doing a full thyroid panel, they're not helping you at all. You actually need to have a full thyroid panel to get a better picture. Remember, your TSH could look somewhat okay. I've seen it happen a lot, but their T3 and T4 are really terrible, and they have thyroid antibodies.
Unfortunately, a lot of times doctors don't check that. They're only checking your TSH. That's not a full thyroid panel. So make sure you're getting TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and then your thyroid antibodies, TPO and TgAb. That's a full thyroid panel. That will help give you a better idea if your fatigue is connected to your thyroid.
The other thing is do a little bit more testing than just that. That's why inside my program, I do hair tissue mineral analysis, as well as a full hormone panel, simply because your thyroid, your adrenals, and your sex hormones make a triangle. They all have to interconnect. So, when you have this extreme fatigue going on, there could be something going on with your sex hormones. There could be something going on with your adrenals. That's all connected to your thyroid. So, you have to get a bigger picture. You have to get a better idea as to what's going on.
One of the biggest things that I do see is the adrenals usually are getting bogged down. The adrenals are getting affected, because the thyroid has become slow or vice versa. It doesn't even matter, whether the thyroid stuff started first or the adrenal stuff started first. You have to address both either way. So you can't just do one thing and ignore the other, because you're not gonna be able to get to the bottom of your fatigue or the other symptoms you have going on if you don't address both.
That's why inside my program I do the whole picture. You have to look at all of it. Stress is going to be a huge factor for fatigue, because it's going to really affect your adrenal glands. And the adrenals, like I said, are connected to the thyroid.
When you have a lot of stress, it is really hard to have active thyroid hormone, which is your T3. You usually end up reverting it backwards, and that's why on a thyroid panel, I do have people check reverse T3. What happens is that stress over time will start to stop the body from creating T3. And so the Reverse T3 goes up.
Now keep in mind, stress can be from a lot of things. It can be physical, emotional, or even mental. It could be food that you're eating. If you're eating a ton of bad food and processed foods, that is going to cause a lot of fatigue. Your body has to use a lot of energy to try to get rid of it, because it's not good for you. So it ends up bogging down your adrenals and your thyroid. So you have to keep that in mind as well is what you're eating that can really play a role in your fatigue.
Make sure you're getting a full thyroid panel, include all those markers that I mentioned before, which is TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and your thyroid antibodies. Get a little bit more in depth testing. That's always gonna be huge. So you need to look at your sex hormones and what your adrenals are doing. That's gonna be a big factor to get the connection as far as how the fatigue is being affected, increased whatever you wanna call it, based off of that triangle that I mentioned, your sex hormones, your adrenal glands, and your thyroid. And then your stress levels. You have to hone in on those stress levels, because that's gonna be a huge factor. And then as well as looking at what foods you're eating, because the foods can be a big one. And then something else to also keep in mind is those lab reference ranges. I'm not a huge fan of the laboratory reference ranges that they give you. They're usually not optimal. Lab reference ranges may say this looks normal. That does not mean optimal. So reference ranges are gonna be a really big factor here.
If you want more information on that, I actually have a guide, the secret to reading your thyroid blood tests. It literally goes over this is what you need checked, this is why you need checked, and these are the reference ranges that you need to be within to actually feel good and have a healthy functioning thyroid.
If you need help with that, then please reach out to me.
You can also grab my FREE guide on The Secret to Reading Your Thyroid Blood Test right here.