Thyroid Trouble: The Tell Tale Signs
It's estimated that 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem and nearly 30 million of them have an undiagnosed thyroid condition. The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is the master gland of metabolism.
When your thyroid doesn't function properly, it can affect every aspect of your health causing weight gain or loss, depression, and a lack of energy.
Since undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, infertility, and many other symptoms, it's vital that you come in for some tests and a consultation so your condition doesn't get worse and cause you even more health problems.
The Ten Most Common Signs of
A Thyroid Condition
Feeling exhausted when you wake up, even after 8 or 10 hours of sleep. Finding yourself unable to function all through the day without a nap. (When thyroid levels are too high, you may also have nighttime insomnia that leaves you exhausted during the day.)
2. Depression and Anxiety
Depression or anxieties, which includes sudden onset of panic attacks, are often symptoms of thyroid disease. Low thyroid levels are most typically associated with depression, while excessively high levels are more commonly associated with feelings of anxiety or panic. Depression that does not respond to antidepressants may also be a sign of an undiagnosed thyroid disorder.
3. Unexplained Weight Changes
You may be on a low-fat, low-calorie diet with a rigorous exercise program, but are unable to lose or gain any weight. Difficulty losing weight can be a sign of low thyroid. You may be losing weight while eating the same amount of food as usual - or even losing weight while eating more than normal.
4. Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems
Heavier, more frequent, and painful periods are frequently associated with inadequate thyroid function. And shorter, lighter, or infrequent menstruation can be associated with too much thyroid. Infertility can also be associated with undiagnosed thyroid conditions.
5. Cholesterol Issues
High cholesterol, especially when it is not responsive to diet, exercise, or cholesterol-lowering medications are all very common signs of undiagnosed low thyroid. Unusually low cholesterol levels may be a sign of excessive thyroid hormone.
6. Irregular Bowel Problems
Severe or long-term constipation is frequently associated with thyroid levels that are too low, while diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often associated with too much thyroid activity.
7. Neck Discomfort or Enlargement
A feeling of swelling in the neck, discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties, a hoarse voice or a visibly enlarged thyroid gland low in the front of the neck can all be symptoms of thyroid disease.
8. Hair loss or Skin Changes
Hair and skin are particularly sensitive to thyroid levels. In particular, hair loss is frequently associated with thyroid problems. When thyroid levels drop too low, hair frequently becomes brittle, coarse, and dry. It then breaks off and falls out easily. Skin can become coarse, thick, dry, and scaly. In low thyroid conditions, there is often an unusual thinning or loss of the eyebrow starting from the outer edge moving in. Severe hair loss can also occur when thyroid is too high, and skin can become fragile and thin.
9. Muscle and Joint Pains, Carpal Tunnel/Tendonitis Problems
Aches and pains in your muscles and joints, weakness in the arms and a tendency to develop carpal tunnel in the arms/hands and tarsal tunnel in the legs can all be symptoms of undiagnosed thyroid problems.
10. Your Family History
If you have a family history of thyroid problems, you are at a higher risk of having a thyroid condition yourself. You may not always be aware of thyroid problems in your family, though, because among older people, it is often referred to as "gland trouble" or "goiter." So pay attention to any discussions of glandular conditions or goiter or weight gain due to "a glandular problem," as these may be indirect ways of referring to thyroid conditions.
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