12 Symptoms of Thyroid Disorder
If you notice that you have some of the following symptoms, seek help immediately! When we feel something strange in our bodies, usually we think that’s just an allergy, cold, or age.
Although sometimes you might be right, there are more chances than you actually think that these “innocent” health issues can indicate bigger medical health problems.
For example, lightheadedness in women can indicate heart disease.
This is the reason why we should always pay attention to the messages sent by our bodies, like when we experience thyroid issues.
Although thyroid is just a small gland in throat, it has vital function for our body- it produces the thyroid hormone (TH) which controls the heartbeat, temperature, and metabolism.
If there’s some sudden problem with our thyroid gland, it can cause one of the following things: (1) it can become overactive thus producing too much of the thyroid hormone, or (2) it can slow down the production and produce too little of the thyroid hormone.
Scroll down and see which are the early warning symptoms of thyroid problems, most of which often underestimated.
The Look of a Thyroid Gland
This butterfly-shaped gland is located in the front of the neck, and it’s highlighted in red in the picture.
You are probably surprised to see that such a small part of your body has so much influence.
Overactive thyroid produces excess thyroid hormone, resulting in hyperthyroidism.
In contrast, if it becomes under-active, it’ll produce too little amount of the hormone, resulting in hypothyroidism.
1st Symptom- Feeling Sad or Depressed
Mayo Clinic considers that an under- or over-active thyroid gland can completely change your mood. Too much thyroid hormone can cause restlessness, anxiety, and irritability.
In the other hand, too little of this hormone can influence the levels of dopamine- the happy hormone in our brain, causing sad feelings and even depressive.
2nd Symptom- Constipation
Longer constipation can be caused by disruption in the production of thyroid hormone, resulting in slower digestion.
Dr. Robin Miller, an integrative medicine specialist, stated that constipation is among the 3 most common hypothyroidism symptoms.
3rd Symptom: Too Much Sleeping
Although occasionally we all have hard time getting out of bed, if you notice it’s getting unbearable, consider it as a wakeup call.
Under-active thyroid gland can slow down the bodily functions, so you might feel sleepy at any point of the day, even during mid-day.
4th Symptom- Dry Skin and Hair Loss
If your skin is dry and itchy and the winter hasn’t come yet, you might have hypothyroidism. The slowed metabolism alters the skin texture and lowers the sweating.
Lower production of thyroid hormone can cause dry and brittle hair and nails, and sometimes even hair loss.
This is because the hair growth cycle has been interrupted by the lack of this hormone, resulting in hair loss, in some occasions even outside of eyebrows.
Dr. Miller says that most of his patients come to seek help by their hairdresser’s advice, making them more aware of the problems with thyroid gland than some doctors.
5th Symptom- Sudden Weight Gain
According to WebMD, weight gain can be caused by various factors, but if it’s sudden, it should concern you.
This is the most common reason why people consult Dr. Miller. They come with the concern that although they aren’t eating more than normally, and they are exercising, still they keep gaining weight and they can’t lose it.
She says that in most of the cases it turns out to occur as a result of under-active thyroid.
6th Symptom- No Sexual Interest
As Health.com explains, thyroid hormone deficiency leads to low libido.
Moreover, the lack of sexual desire is further caused by the other symptoms of problems with thyroid, such as hair loss, weight gain, and body aches.