A traumatic brain injury is when you receive an injury due to some level of force to your brain. This could come in the form of a fall, a sports injury, an automobile accident, or forced trauma from fists or objects.
A concussion is a type of TBI that is considered mild but can cause significant symptoms. These include post-traumatic amnesia and loss of consciousness.
Whenever there is damage to the brain – such as a concussion – your endocrine system goes into distress. Home to your hypothalamus and your pituitary gland, protecting your brain is very important.
Organs such as the thyroid, pancreas, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, ovaries (in females), and testicles (in males) make up your endocrine system. This system is responsible for, well, almost all of your body’s functions. For example, the thyroid is responsible for secreting hormones that regulate the body’s processes. When the thyroid does not function properly, neither will you.
Believe it or not, it is very common for doctors to overlook thyroid issues. Most medical professionals will do a simple blood panel that includes checking the levels of the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and T4.
What do they not check? Your level of T3.
With a concussion or other TBI, the levels of T4 and TSH are not generally affected. That means they will look normal on your blood test results. And, without any thorough testing, will lead your doctor to believe that all is well with your thyroid.
Unfortunately, this means you could be left suffering for quite a long time.
The symptoms of a thyroid condition resulting from a concussion can vary widely depending on the person. However, a few important symptoms to look out for are:
If you notice any persistent symptoms – including behavioral changes – that were not characteristic of you before your brain injury, it is important to alert your doctor. You could have an untreated thyroid condition.
Not feeling yourself can be frustrating. You want to feel good and get the most out of life – like you used to. But, it is hard to do just that when you are dealing with the symptoms of an underlying medical condition. Know that it is possible to feel better and you don’t need to continuously suffer due to a concussion you received.
If you are tired of feeling this way and you are ready to regain control of your life, then now is the time. While there is no magic pill or finger snap that can handle this overnight, taking an in-depth look at your health is the best place to start.
Together, we can discover what your body needs to heal itself – from the inside out. Your tiny thyroid gland is responsible for so many functions of your body. When you don’t take care of it, you will find it begins to act out. During the trauma that happens with a concussion, the thyroid begins acting out erratically and needs a bit of help to get back on track.