Fatigue with hyperthyroidism is extremely common with hypothyroidism and remains an ‘off and on’ battle for so many. The reason fatigue is so common with hypothyroidism is because our body’s production of energy depends on a certain level of thyroid hormone. Due to the fact that hypothyroidism is the result of an underactive thyroid gland, a condition that does not produce enough thyroid hormone, fatigue becomes a major symptom for those with hyperthyroidism. To learn more about the ways you can overcome fatigue with hyperthyroidism, follow these tips.
Fatigue With Hyperthyroidism | How to Overcome Extreme Tiredness
Chronic Fatigue Symptoms
Fatigue is more than just feeling tired or sleepy and can produce physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. If you suspect you may be suffering from chronic fatigue, here are the symptoms to be aware of:
- Constantly feeling sleepy or tired
- Frequent headaches
- Blurred vision
- Muscle aches and/or weakness
- Delayed reflexes
- Low motivation
- Impaired judgment
- Mood swings
- Loss of appetite
- Weak immune system
- Short term memory issues
- Have trouble concentrating
If you are among the thousands who suffer from chronic fatigue, you know the battle very well. It can be difficult to get fatigue under control at times which can interfere with almost every aspect of your daily life.
If you are unable to get your fatigue under control, the first thing you will want to do is speak with your primary care physician. Go and have your medication levels and thyroid levels checked. Depending on the results, your doctor may adjust your medication accordingly. This could solve the problem but, that doesn’t mean that fatigue can’t resurface at some point. It is important to have your medication and thyroid levels checked periodically.
5 Natural Ways To Overcome Fatigue With Hyperthyroidism
1. Stay Active
Fatigue can make you feel like all you want to do is sleep. However, oversleeping can actually worsen the symptoms of fatigue. Therefore, staying active is important!
Start with a simple walk in the fresh air. It helps to clear your mind and you also will receive vitamin D, which is important for those with thyroid conditions. Staying active by doing something you love also helps you fight fatigue. You can join a gym, take an art class, go fishing, etc. Just remember to start small and go from there. Take it one day at a time!
***Power Naps are an excellent strategy for battling extreme fatigue and are actually healthy. They can refresh your mind, making you more alert. Just make sure they don’t last more than 20 minutes each.
Low energy levels can be caused by low iron levels in your blood. Iron deficiency is very common, especially in women. Speak with your doctor about testing your iron levels, the possibility of taking a daily iron supplement, and the proper dosage amount you will need.
The reason why it is important to have your iron levels checked first is because you can overload on iron which can potentially lead to acute iron poisoning. Early symptoms of iron poisoning may include:
- Stomach pain
Prolonged overuse of iron can lead to accumulation of iron in the internal organs, causing potential damage to the liver and brain.
3. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient our bodies need for energy. Therefore, if you are experiencing the symptoms of fatigue such as weakness and tiring easily, then you may have a possible vitamin B12 deficiency. A prolonged deficiency of vitamin B12 will also weaken your immune system which makes you more prone to sickness.
This B12 supplement is highly recommended. Take as directed per directions on the bottle.
One of the required nutrients for energy production is magnesium. Since our bodies do not produce magnesium on their own, it is up to us to provide this much-needed nutrient through our daily diet or by taking a daily supplement.
Foods such as nuts, bananas, dark leafy greens (such as spinach), and whole grains are rich in magnesium.
If you prefer taking a supplement, the required dose for an adult is 350 mg a day. You may eat magnesium-rich foods alongside the supplements but, do so in moderation.
5. DIY Energy Drink
Store-bought energy drinks can actually make your fatigue worse. They are not healthy for you and can be potentially dangerous! If you want an all natural drink that’ll provide you with energy, try this recipe!
What you’ll need:
- ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 ½ – 2 cups of fresh water
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey
Directions: Combine all ingredients and add to a blender. Blend until the raw honey has completely dissolved. Pour and enjoy!
Watch this video by Dr. Westin Childs to know what causes thyroid fatigue:
Alongside medical treatment for hypothyroidism, there are natural ways to help you fight fatigue with hyperthyroidism. Listed above are some options to get you back on track!
If you have any questions or concerns, all of us at Thyroid Symptoms are here for you!
What are some ways you do to overcome fatigue with hyperthyroidism? Share your thoughts below in the comment section!