Touch your neck, right above your collarbone, and you’ll find a little gland called your thyroid. It only weighs an ounce, yet this thyroid’s hormones control your metabolism.
When those hormones are balanced, everything is fine.
But if your thyroid makes just a little less or more than you need…it could cause havoc, both with how you function and the effectiveness of your AEDs.
The team found that about 32% of epilepsy patients who were taking anti-epileptic drugs (both in mono or polytherapy) had thyroid hormone abnormalities.
Here’s the low-down on what’s what…
Hypothyroidism – or an underactive thyroid – is the real baddy. It can result in fatigue, weight gain, constipation, fuzzy thinking, low blood pressure, fluid retention, depression, body pain, slow reflexes, and much more.
On the other hand, hyperthyroidism – an overactive thyroid — can result in a rapid metabolism and symptoms like: anxiety, insomnia, rapid weight loss, diarrhea…
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