Rough Heels and Elbows
1, Did you know that rough heels and elbows are a symptom of hypothyroidism (low thyroid)?
My thyroid was removed, and this is how I tell if I am getting enough thyroid. When my levels are good, my heels and elbows are soft as they should be, without any need for scraping and such. They get smooth on their own.
2. Did you know that the usual blood tests for thyroid measure only the amount in your blood, not the amount in your cells, which is where it counts? T4 is in the blood stream; T3 works in the cells.
That is why the basic blood tests may be in the normal range, and you still have symptoms of hypothyroidism. You need a thyroid specialit (endocrinologist, thyroidologist) that understands this. Many doctors don’t know about the connection to rough heels and elbows, but some do. If you cannot convert T4 to T3, no amount of T4 medication will help you.
3. If you are hypothyroid, all the sanding and scraping will not be a permanent cure unless you deal with the undelrying problem.
Thank you so much for this very informative information.:womanhappy:
Very interesting, Where did you obtain all this valuable info? I have low thyroid & have mine tested 2x year & always rx stays the same. I never heard of this rough heels & elbows info………
I have a thyroid nodule that is fine and I’ve been through testing both blood work and ultrasound testing. I see an endocrinologist twice yearly. I don’t have rough elbows but do have a rough heel on my left foot that I’ve never been able to figure out why. I am curious to get more detail about the T3 that you mentioned. Thanks for sharing.
IT RUNS IN FAMILYS MINE WAS ZAPPED 2YEARS AGO AFTER MY TWO DAUGHTERS NOW THEY ARE WATCHING MY THIRD DAUGHTERS THYROID IT IS THE CONDUCTER OF THE BODY . IT FINE TUNES EVERY THING IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN RAPID HEART BEAT HAIR LOSS THAT COULD BE WHY .
Wow…what a great post and to bring attention to this issue. One can do a quick search for signs and symptoms…a brief description from a medical site and there it is, the dry skin. Fascinating.
Hypothyroidism – Symptoms
Symptoms of hypothyroidism usually appear slowly over months or years. Symptoms and signs may include:
Coarse and thinning hair.
A yellowish tint to the skin.
Slow body movements.
Inability to tolerate cold.
Feeling tired, sluggish, or weak.
Memory problems, depression, or problems concentrating.
Heavy or irregular menstrual periods that may last longer than 5 to 7 days.
Some less common symptoms may include
An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter).
Modest weight gain, often 10 lb (4.5 kg) or less.
Swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet, and facial puffiness, particularly around the eyes.
Muscle aches and cramps.
In general, how bad your symptoms are depends on your age, how long you have had hypothyroidism, and the seriousness of the condition. The symptoms may be so mild and happen so slowly that they go unnoticed for years.
Mild (subclinical) hypothyroidism often causes no symptoms or vague symptoms that may be attributed to aging, such as memory problems, dry skin, and fatigue.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism during and after pregnancy include fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, depression, and memory and concentration problems.
Because of the range of symptoms, hypothyroidism can be mistaken for depression, especially during and after pregnancy. In older people, it may be confused with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other conditions that cause memory problems.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism in infants, children, and teens
Although rare, hypothyroidism can occur in infants, children, and teens. In infants, symptoms of a goiter include a poor appetite and choking on food. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include dry, scaly skin. In children and teens, symptoms include behavior problems and changes in school performance. Children and teens may gain weight and yet have a slowed growth rate. Teens may have delayed puberty and look much younger than their age.
thanks for the information. xoxo
MANY CELEBRITIES HAVE THIS CONDITION SOPHIA VERGARA FOR ONE IS ON THE INTERNET SPEAKING ABOUT IT . I THINK IT COMES FROM CHEMICALS SKIN CARE TO THE FOOD WE ARE EATING THANK GOODNESS MY PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR FOUND IT MANY NEVER DO .. CAN BE CALLED GRAVES DISEASE . BARBARA BUSH HAD IT IN THE WHITE HOUSE. MANY OTHERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE CAME DOWN WITH IT .
very interesting, thank you for sharing this.
I wondered about this…I started thyroid medication last November and noticed my heels now aren’t cracked.
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