Thyroid Thesis and Pancreatic Problems…
We’re back today continuing our talk about our organs. Too many times, we’ve seen patients that have symptoms of an organ issue but have no clue what they mean. A good example would be the way our eyes tell us what might be going on with our liver. Or cold hands and feet could mean you’re just cold, or they could be telling you that your heart needs some extra attention.
Today we are combining the pancreas and thyroid. Both possess the credentials to drastically alter our daily living. Dealing with diabetes, thyroid problems, weight gain, lethargy, and mood swings are just a few symptoms of pancreatic or thyroid problems. Some, even most of the problems can be minimized if we know what to pay attention to. That’s exactly what we are talking about today.
Because the pancreas is in your abdomen behind your stomach, a common symptom of pancreatic cancer is experiencing a dull pain in the stomach due to it pressing on the organ. Stomach pain is something that occurs in around 70 percent of pancreatic cancer cases. It might start off as just a little discomfort—something you brush off. But it can become more painful and persistent, signaling something is wrong.
Due to a buildup of bilirubin, your skin can turn yellow or have jaundice and can become itchy. If a pancreatic problem is the reason for the itchiness, slathering on lotion won’t do the trick. It’s important to see a doctor if this starts to become a noticeable issue.
Sudden On-set Depression.
Not many people realize pancreatic problems or cancer can be responsible for depression, even before you realize you have it. A 2018 study published in the journal Pancreas also backed up, stating there’s a pancreatic cancer-depression relationship—”particularly sudden-onset depression and anxiety in people who have never experienced this condition before.” Being aware of this connection could help you get diagnosed and treated earlier. And for things you are doing that are damaging your mental well-being
Lower Back Pain
Stomach pain isn’t the only type of discomfort that goes together with pancreatic issues. According to the ACS, back pain is common, too, and occurs when it spreads to the nerves surrounding the pancreas. While stomach and back pain have many different possible causes, it’s never a bad idea to check in with your doctor—especially when it’s occurring often.
Unexplained Weight Loss
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a few different reasons why weight loss can signal pancreatic cancer. As the cancer progresses, it consumes the body’s energy, making you lose weight. And if the tumor is pressing on your stomach, it might make you feel full or make it hard for you to eat. Also, when your pancreas isn’t functioning properly, it’s not making enough of the digestive juices required to help your body process nutrients in the first place.
If you start to experience light-colored, oily, or watery stools—and/or stools that are incredibly foul-smelling—when your bathroom habits are generally fine, pancreatic cancer is something to be aware of. According to healthline.com, the issue occurs when the bile duct is blocked, which prevents bilirubin from getting to your stools and makes it hard for your body to digest fats properly.
If your once strong self-starts to feel very weak out of nowhere, your body might be trying to tell you something isn’t right. The Moffitt Cancer Center says a common symptom of pancreatic cancer is experiencing extreme weakness in the limbs—something that doesn’t just happen with this type of cancer, but many different types. That’s because cancer essentially steals nutrients from your body for it to grow and cause harm.
Like feeling weak, pancreatic cancer—and all cancers, for that matter—can also make you feel extremely fatigued. If there’s no other explanation for why you’re so tired, it’s something to get checked out. A 2018 study published in the journal Acta BioMedica notes cancer-related fatigue is defined as feeling physically exhausted due to cancer or cancer treatments, and it can greatly impact your typical daily activities.
Yellowing of the Eyes
Noticing your skin and eyes turning yellow is something you should never ignore. Jaundice can be due to conditions like liver disease and hepatitis, but Matthew Walsh, MD, a surgeon in Cleveland, OH, said on a podcast that it can also go hand-in-hand with pancreatic cancer. “You can have a relatively small tumor in the very end of the pancreas that can cause jaundice,” he said. “[It’s] one of the symptoms and that can occur relatively early.”
According to Walsh, developing diabetes suddenly at an older age is never something to take lightly. “You should look at the pancreas, because that can be one of the hallmarks,” he said on a podcast. But how does that even happen? Johns Hopkins University says pancreatic issues can trigger a case of sudden onset diabetes, or late onset diabetes, through “destroying the cells that make insulin, causing blood sugar levels to rise.”
While most people assume jaundice only affects your eyes and skin, that build-up of bilirubin in the body can also result in dark urine as well. According to the ACS, it’s sometimes the first sign of jaundice, even before you notice a change in your skin or eyes. The darkening of the urine occurs when the levels of bilirubin in the blood increase, which changes urine to a brown color.
When you have pancreatic cancer, something you may experience is nausea or vomiting. According to the ACS, this occurs when the cancer puts pressure on your stomach, making it difficult for your food to pass through. This can also make you feel nauseous—so much so that it might even cause you to vomit.
You don’t want to mess around with blood clots. According to GI Associates and Endoscopy Center, deep vein thrombosis—when a blood clot occurs in a large vein—can sometimes be the first sign of pancreatic cancer, and it typically shows up as redness, swelling, and pain in whichever leg has the blood clot. Since a piece of the blood clot can make its way to your lungs, making it hard to breathe, it’s something to get checked out immediately.
While the thyroid isn’t really an organ, it has a job as big as one. It’s a butterfly shaped gland that sits in the middle of neck. When there is dysfunction in your thyroid, it can cause an array of issues. It’s important to know what to look for and what to pay immediate attention to.
Feeling exhausted after 8-10 hours of sleep on a consistent basis can be one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Taking a nap or needing a nap in the middle of the day is also a good indication something could be going on with your thyroid. Insomnia during the night could be sign of hyperthyroidism and would also cause daily fatigue. If occur without any relief, it’s important to go have a good thyroid check. Sometimes it’s an easy fix.
Hypothyroidism will bring on an onset of unexplained weight gain that often leads to severe depression. Hyperthyroidism can do the exact opposite as far as weight goes but can still lead to depression based on the unexplained.
The metabolic rate is closely associated with the thyroid. This means an unexplained shift in body weight may signify thyroid trouble. Weight gain with no change in appetite, exercise regime, or stress level is symptomatic of low thyroid hormone production. Excess thyroid production may also provoke weight loss for no apparent reason. The former condition, hypothyroidism, is far more common, especially in women.
People with thyroid dysfunction may experience significant changes in their demeanor and attitude. Those with hypothyroidism more commonly experience depression, apathy, cognitive dysfunction, and psychomotor impairment. People with hyperthyroidism may experience anxiety, restlessness, and irritability. As the body works overtime, these people maybe feel hyperactive and unable to relax.
Often the most visible sign of thyroid problems is a swelling in the neck — a goiter. The growth is a result of an enlarged thyroid gland and may develop in individuals experiencing hypothyroidism and those with hyperthyroidism, as well. Both cancerous and non-cancerous nodules can lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland. Anyone who notices swelling in their neck should consult a doctor.
Hair and Skin Changes
Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can adversely affect hair quality and growth. When the thyroid produces too little hormone, hair follicles enter resting mode, which leads to hair loss and dry, brittle strands. This hair loss is not restricted to the scalp alone but also occurs on the limbs, underarms, and even eyebrows. Hyperthyroidism tends to affect only the scalp. Hair loss there is often more severe and noticeable than that caused by hypothyroidism. Fortunately, it is possible to restore full hair growth with appropriate treatment.
Many patients with thyroid disease complain of unpredictable and dysfunctional bowel habits. Hypothyroidism is often linked to constipation because the slowing of the metabolism also diminishes the movement of food through the digestive tract. This results in compromised gut motility, which makes it difficult to achieve a bowel movement. With hyperthyroidism, conversely, overactive metabolism may lead to very quick passage of food through the gut, thus preventing water reabsorption and the formation of a firm, well-formed stool, and resulting in diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements. The urge to visit the bathroom is particularly strong after eating. Over-the-counter medications for these symptoms can provide temporary relief.
Thyroid issues often impact the menstrual cycle of premenopausal women. Physicians typically monitor menstrual activity to confirm suspicions of a thyroid-related diagnosis. Women with hypothyroidism often experience irregular menstrual periods. Bleeding during a period may be heavy or last longer than usual. In other cases, menstrual flow may be light, and periods may become more or less frequent. Hyperthyroidism may cause a reduced flow that does not last as long as before, and periods may become irregular. However, changes in menstruation may not occur in all women with thyroid issues, and other medical conditions besides thyroid dysfunction can lead to menstrual changes.
Thyroid dysfunction may also cause altered mental capacity. When the thyroid gland produces too much hormone, one may experience a lack of concentration and are nervous and easily distracted. When it provides too little hormone, an individual can experience brain fog, slow mental processing, and forgetfulness. In most instances, such subtle symptoms go unnoticed, even though they are among the first to appear. Treatment of the underlying thyroid disorder can often quickly alleviate issues pertaining to cognitive function.
Researchers have connected the loss of libido, especially in women, to thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism is linked to a low sex drive and problems with fertility. When the thyroid gland produces too few hormones, metabolism, and other bodily functions slow. These changes may lead to a temporary disinterest in sexual activity. Once thyroid hormone replacement begins, individuals can expect their libido to normalize. Patients with hyperthyroidism rarely exhibit a loss of libido. In some cases, they experience an enhanced sex drive.
Other Signs of Thyroid Trouble:
Muscle and Joint Pain
How Elite Can Help
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Tip of the Day:
Everyday we all have a choice to stay the same or to change. Big changes or little changes can make the difference between getting the job of your dreams or reaching a weight loss goal. It always takes the willingness to change, first. Who likes change? Not many do and especially when it’s US that must change. SUPER HARD! Start with one daily reminder on your phone set at a certain time every day. This is a simple way to say, “are, you being positive?” If you tend to think on the negative side of things but want to change this about yourself. It also helps to tell someone about your change and ask them to keep you accountable. Cheers to Change!