It seems that there is a link between Autism and Hypothyroidism. If you are Autistic or not if you have any of the below symptoms of Hypothyroidism and/or Adrenal issues please get checked by your doctor.
Mine and Sarah’s experiences with Hypothyroidism are a lot the same. The only differences would be that her symptoms are much more heightened than mine.
Do you have these symptoms?
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Unexplained weight gain
- Puffy face
- Muscle weakness
- Elevated blood cholesterol level
- Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
- Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
- Thinning hair
- Slowed heart rate
- Impaired memory
If you do please go to your doctor and get checked for Hypothyroidism. While you are getting checked for Hypothyroidism have your doctor check your adrenal function.
I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism when I was 17. When I was 45 my doctor checked my adrenal function to find out that I have a rare form of adrenal disease, which caused the Hypothyroidism.
Now if you are thinking that you may have adrenal fatigue (which is also linked to Hypothyroidism) please take a look at these symptoms.
Do you have chronic fatigue?
Does your energy plummet half way through the day?
Do you struggle with insomnia?
Do bright lights bother you more than they should?
Do you startle easily due to noise?
When standing up from sitting or lying down, do you feel lightheaded or dizzy?
Do you struggle with chronic pain or fibromyalgia?
Do you have chronic headaches or migraines?
Do you have depression, anxiety, or mood swings?
Do you struggle with weight gain?
Do you have low sex drive?
Do you feel wired and tired?
If you answer yes to many of these, speak to your doctor about an adrenal function saliva test.
Please read this article from hypothyroidmom.com – http://hypothyroidmom.com/10-ways-to-overcome-fatigue-with-a-low-thyroid/
Hypothyroidism can have a profoundly deleterious effect on the developing brain, thus significantly contributing to the web of causes of autism.
This article from http://raphaelkellmanmd.com/specialties/the-thyroid-autism-connection/ talks about the connection of Autism and Hypothyroidism. Please read it.
We all no that Autism is very stressful on the body. We caregivers have our own stresses in trying to help our children with Autism which in turn effects our bodies. Just think of what a person with Autism body is going through with their stresses. I believe these stresses that are consistent have a direct effect on the Adrenal Glands.
Do your own research. I sure plan to.