Many disregard the little problems they feel in some small parts of their body. They don’t have a clue that what they are doing can result in a bigger problem. Such example of this is the bad conditions that our thyroid can have.
Thyroid is a ductless gland in our neck. It sends out hormones, which is one responsible for our metabolism. Therefore, it is essential to our body system.
Considering the importance of the thyroid gland, we should know the symptoms of thyroid disorders. So, here are 17 signs that you should look out for.
Depression can be one of the signs if someone has a thyroid problem. Hypothyroidism affects your attitude and how you deal with things. Our body needs a certain amount of hormones and once our hormone levels drop, then consequently our energy levels also drop. In another term, the drop of thyroid hormones affects the “happiness hormone” in our brain, thus leading to depression.
2. Dry And Itchy Skin, And Crumbled Nails
Having dry skin, itchy skin, and breakable nails is also a symptom of hypothyroidism. Not enough thyroid hormones make for an irregular metabolism and can reduce sweating. This can result in dryness of the skin.
3. Muscles Not Functioning Well
If you are experiencing aches of the muscles and weakness, then this could be because of your thyroid gland not producing enough hormones. Reduced level of hormones causes damage to your nerves, which can be responsible for sending signals from your brain to your body parts, thus ultimately resulting in muscles not functioning properly.
4. Constantly Tired
As hyperthyroidism takes place over a period of time, it weakens your body and that is why you always feel tired. In fact, you still feel drained even after a well-deserved rest has been taken.
5. Hair Fall
Hair loss could be one of the symptoms of having a thyroid disorder, but it’s not common to all. This can be identified if you have sudden hair loss. You can find it out through checking the brush after brushing your hair.
6. Having Trouble Eating
Unusual appetite, like wanting to eat more or don’t want to eat anything at all, is a common sign of the thyroid problem.
7. Anxiety, Nervousness, Irritability And Mood Swings
Over function of the thyroid gland can results to these symptoms. It means that the function of your thyroid hormone is not normal causing you to feel the above.
8. Poor Concentration
Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can also get you thinking slower. It affects the functioning of your brain since you lack hormones. With this, sometimes you get confused about things and might also be prone to have quick memory loss.
9. Heart Rate Increase
Heart palpitations and its rate increase can be a sign of having a thyroid problem such as hyperthyroidism. This will depend if your thyroid is overactive or underactive. If it’s underactive, your heart rate slows down, and if it’s overactive, your heart rate speeds up.
10. Weight Loss Or Gain
If you suddenly gain or lose weight then this can be a symptom of thyroid hormone imbalance.
11. Feeling Cold Most Of The Time
If you have a low hormone (thyroid), your body function slows down. This results in feeling cold because your body does not produce enough heat or energy.
12. Neck Inflammation
If your neck is swelling, then you may have hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. You better go to an expert to check what really it is, because it can also be a result of a thyroid cancer.
13. Feeling Constipated
Bloating, fluid retention or constipation is a common sign of thyroid disorder.
14. Irregular Menstruation
For women who have a thyroid problem, an abnormal period is a common symptom. They can also feel constant stomach cramps during the menstruation period.
15. High Amount Of Cholesterol
An individual with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism usually has high cholesterol levels.
16. Abnormal Sleep Patterns
Depending on your thyroid hormone, if it’s underactive or overactive, you can have trouble sleeping. This is also a symptom of the thyroid condition.
17. Difficulty In Having A Baby
Because of the abnormal hormone, a woman may have a hard time getting pregnant.
All the above are some typical symptoms that one may possess but are not necessarily present in every thyroid disorder patient. Look out for signs/signals as one of these, or more, be the reason you are going through what you are.