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Thyroid Symptoms and Brain Health – Does Your Brain Lock Up and Mislead You?

I was editing some of my past blog posts and found that I want to re-post this one today as it’s so important to realize how our brains are affected so drastically from thyroid dysfunction.
Originally, I wrote this in January of 2011, when I’d been in my first eight months of eating a thyroid healthy rigid diet and doing all I could to regain my health. It’s August 2013 now, I’m so much better, but still have a few brain fog glitches now and then. I hope this post helps you where you are today with your thyroid condition, diagnosis and health.
Original Post: January 19, 2011
Thyroid symptoms suck! If you have them, you know what I mean.
One of the many frustrating symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism is “brain fog”, where your thinking is fuzzy and misguided. Sometimes if feels like “Swiss cheese for brains”, lots of holes in it.
As I’ve healed my symptoms of Hashimoto’s back to “just” hypothyroidism, my brain, thinking and mind functions have healed substantially. Yea! However, I do find that there are times where I’m still dealing with brain fog, but now, it in a different way.
I’m calling it “brain lock.”
Here are two examples of how I experience my brain and mental functioning “lock up”, “lock out” and “lock onto” something that misleads me from my desired outcome.
It started a few weeks ago. I bought a new software program online that should have been a simple “click, run, install, use”. But noooo! I ran it to install, read the .exe instructions to get into the program and use it, and my brain “locked up.” I could not figure out the instructions! I emailed support at the company and asked for help. They emailed me back the same instructions. This overwhelmed my brain, so  I quit. I walked away frustrated, putting work on hold. Not a good thing for an solopreneur.
Does this ever happen to you?
At least I’m not crying anymore at these kinds of things! My health/brain health  is so much better now that that I’m not reacting emotionally, which is great. But, I do walk away because I just can’t see how to do it. My brain just shuts down. Not good for me, my business or progress, for sure!
Today I came back to it and tried this same computer program again. I went back into the program exe. instruction file and it all made perfect sense. It worked just as they said it should. I emailed them back immediately and apologized. I know they probably don’t care, they rolled their eyes at my inability to follow directions (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) and have forgotten about me/it long ago. But, I needed to complete it for myself.
It happened again yesterday. I had an organizing  appointment about a mile from my house.  If the address is on a street I’m unfamiliar with, I mapquest it and have it ready in my client’s file. And, instead of printing it out (wasting ink) I just sketch it out quickly on paper. Works fine and I’m a highly visual learner, so the “picture/map” of it helps my brain to see it vs just text instructions.
My client said she was 2 blocks west of the hospital. My brain “locked onto” that information, instead of just following the map.  I went on the opposite side of the street by the hospital, taking me about five minutes out of my way and frustrating me. My brain “locked.”
What the map showed me was correct. What I kept doing, like the software instructions example,  was not follow the directions. My mind “had a mind of its own!” and  just kept skirting what was right in front of me because I got stuck on “the hospital area.” (These were actually bad directions from my client anyway, but not the point!)
Needless to say, these kind of situations are crazy-making. They make me feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone, completely out of control of the simplest things.
After I got back on track I just couldn’t believe how my brain did that. The trip there was so simple, but my brain misguided me.
1. Nutrition
Keep doing what you must to eat right to increase your brain health. We don’t get well overnight, and the thyroid is a multifaceted gland that has ramifications everywhere in our bodies. Some symptoms may never go away.
2. Supplements
Your thyroid trained practitioner will tell you what your body/brain need to heal faster. Food alone will not help you as it’s not as highly nutrient anymore, plus, you’d have to eat tons of vegies, etc. to get the vitamins and minerals you need.
3. Lighten up!
When you know that “it’s happening again”, lighten up on yourself. If you’re doing #1 and #2 above, you’re doing the best you can with a malfunctioning system. If you’re following the Thyroid Reset Diet, adding the quality supplements from your thyroid trained practitioner, and making the lifestyle changes necessary to heal your thyroid/body/brain, you’ll get better and better every day.
4. Trust yourself
I find that I often feel like I can’t trust myself due to the problems my thyroid condition has reeked in my life over the past couple of decades. But, don’t turn your back on yourself. Trust yourself completely, do the best you can, and ask for help when needed.
Sometimes it’s good to go back and read my own posts to remember how far I’ve come.
You might keep a journal for yourself too, or use my checkmark forms in the Get Your Life Back! Manual to keep track.

5 comments to Thyroid Symptoms and Brain Health – Does Your Brain Lock Up and Mislead You?

  • Hi I have almost the same kind of problem except my problem is functioning at work and sometimes when there is something important for me to remember my brain just goes dead and doesint want to function right at all. Then I end up not remembering what was talked about. Could this be related to having a brain thyroid?

  • ermie

    same as my problem i forgot a lots of thing and i cant think better its to easy to me to get mad…what do i need to do pls… help me… its to hard to have like this…

    • kim

      Hi Ermie,

      Thyroid dysfunction absolutely affects our brain functions.

      What to do:

      1) You’ll need to get started immediately on a thyroid reset health diet. Nutrition is key to healing your brain and body.
      The complete Thyroid Reset Diet is in my manual – You can get started immediately w/ the diet and checklist forms by ordering it here – http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2) And, you need to work with a thyroid trained practitioner as you may need specific supplements too to help repair your health. You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772
      They will most likely ask you to send any lab tests you already have as well and he will get you all squared away with what’s real and what you need to do.

      I hope that helps,


  • Deb

    Consider doing the following to determine if your levels need adjusting. TSH level has little/no relevance to alleviate the brain fog symptom. I have the same issue and this is a response I received from a professional.

    You may simply require a T4/T3 combination. This is more physiological and the oral T3 helps to boost ACTH-cortisol secretion which may help you. I use Armour thyroid preferentially, which has a 4:1 T4:T3 ratio. But it would be easier and more instructive in your situation for your endocrinologist to lower the T4 dose to 100mcg/day and add 5mcg of T3 initially, the add another 5mcg every couple weeks to see if the effect is beneficial. Shoot for 25mcg daily. Take all tabs in the AM upon awakening and don’t take thyroid until your blood is drawn on the day of the test. The trough FT4 and FT3 levels will tell you if the dose is sufficient. On a 4:1 ration, the FT4 will be below the middle of the 1-1.7 population range, and the FT3 will be mid-range to high in its range. The higher FT3 in the daytime compensates for the rather low FT4. The TSH will probably be suppressed and is always irrelevant to treatment anyway.

    Hope this helps relieve the “brain fog”.

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