The chances of having thyroid problems are higher if you are a woman over 35 years. The thyroid gland is located in the neck, has a butterfly shape and it is important in different bodily functions.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists claims that even 30 million Americans have an issue with the thyroid and even half of them are undiagnosed. According to the interrogative medicine specialist Robin Miller, MD women are 10 times more likely to develop a thyroid disorder than men.
TH, or the hormone produced by the thyroid has a function of regulating the body’s temperature, metabolism and heartbeat. There are 2 types of disorders related to the thyroid hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Below we present you some of the symptoms which might be a sign of thyroid problems:
If you are feeling exhausted and you lack energy this might be a sign of hypothyroidism i.e. your thyroid gland is producing less TH and according to DR. Miller fatigue is the number one symptom. If you start feeling tired in the morning, even if you had a full night sleep, this is means your thyroid is underperforming.
If you are experiencing hypothyroidism, the levels of the hormone serotonin can decrease and this might cause you to feel down.
Feelings of anxiety
Once your thyroid starts producing too much TH you will start feeling anxious.
If you suffer from hyperthyroidism you will feel hungry all the time. Because of the hyperactivity of the thyroid, you won’t experience any weight gain. On the other hand, you might become too sensitive to different smell and taste if your thyroid is underperforming.
Slow cognitive functions
If you experience hyperthyroidism, you might find it difficult to concentrate and on the other hand, if you experience hypothyroidism, you might become forgetful.
No sex desire
Your libido can be lowered if your thyroid is not producing enough TH and this might also lead to weight gain, body pain and low energy.
Your heart is skipping a beat or two
If you are suffering from hyperthyroidism, you might experience heart palpitations i.e. your hear will start beating too quickly and you will also feel the pulse on your neck intensify.
Low thyroid hormone production can lead to a slower metabolism which consequently causes dry and itchy skin.
Unpredictable bowel movements
If you are feeling constipated, you might be suffering from hypothyroidism and if you are experiencing diarrhea that can be a symptom of hyperthyroidism.
Changes in the menstrual cycle
If your body is not producing enough thyroid hormones than you might start experiencing shorter and lighter periods.
Pain in the extremities and muscles
If you start feeling unexplained pain in your extremities and your muscles, you might be lacking the thyroid hormone.
Higher blood pressure
Underperforming thyroid gland can cause a slower heart beat and thus, cause higher blood pressure.
A low production of the thyroid hormone might cause you to feel cold, and a high production of the thyroid hormone might cause you to sweat profusely and to feel hot all the time.
Neck issues and a hoarse voice
According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, you should check your throat, with a hand mirror, when you swallow water. You need to check for protrusions in the thyroid area, which is right below the Adam’s apple and above the collarbones. If you notice something suspicious, you should consult your doctor.
Sleeping too much, or to little can be cause by hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
If your hair starts to fall, or you notice it’s getting thinner than you might be experiencing hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Problems getting pregnant
A problematic thyroid gland can be one of the causes you are not able to conceive since it affects the ovaries and ovulation.
An underperforming thyroid might cause the production of more LDL and this might eventually lead to heart problems such as an enlarged heart and heart failure.
If you notice you are gaining weight, besides the fact that you are exercising and eating properly then you might be suffering from hypothyroidism.