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A friend of mine called me today asking why her doctor ordered a thryoid ultrasound for her after a recent visit for her symptoms of fatigue, weight gain and hot flashes. I explained to her that many people have thyroid disease and most of them are women. The symptoms of low thyroid function can be similar to menopausal symptoms and is often part of the work up. The thyroid gland is small, has a butterfuly shape, and sits in the middle of the neck. If you’re thyroid gland is underactive (hypothyroidism) you may gain weight, feel tired, notice hair loss , constipation, aching muscles/weakness, heavy menstral cycles, depression, dry skin/hair, facial swelling and have difficulty with cold temperatures. If the