Have you been feeling tired or depressed lately? Have you gained weight? Easily get the chills? Or perhaps you feel the opposite: Anxious, clammy or even losing weight unintentionally, despite an increased appetite? These symptoms may be related to stress or the time of year. They could also be caused by your thyroid gland.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, it is known as the master gland of the metabolism, when it doesn’t work it can affect almost every aspect of your health. Here are few subtle signs of thyroid issues that you should look out for :
- Hair & Skin Issues – Hair frequently becomes brittle, coarse and dry, while breaking off and falling out easily. Skin can become coarse, thick, dry, and scaly.
- Bowel Problems – Severe or long-term constipation and diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.
- Muscle and Joint Pain – Weakness in the arms and a tendency to develop carpal tunnel in the arms/hands.
- High Cholesterol – High cholesterol when it is not responsible to diet, exercise or cholesterol lowering medications.
- Menstrual Irregularities & Fertility Problems – Heavier, more frequent and more painful periods or shorter, lighter and infrequent can also be associated.
- Depression and Anxiety – Yes, do not take overthinking and headaches lightly especially if they are becoming regular. Sudden onset of panic disorder, can be symptoms of thyroid disease.
- Weight Changes – Unexplained weight changes and issues can be signs of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
- Neck Discomfort or Enlargement – A feeling of swelling in the neck, discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties.
- Fatigue – Feeling exhausted when you wake up or being unable to function all day without a nap can be signs of thyroid problems.
If you are experiencing a compilation of symptoms that might suggest a thyroid problem, contact your doctor to be screened for a thyroid disorder. Screening involves a simple blood test to measure the levels of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), and possibly other hormones, in your bloodstream.