What are the symptoms of thyroid

 

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Which of the following is most true for you?

Your answers indicate that you may have hypothyroidism.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Fatigue or lack of energy
    Dry, coarse skin
    Dry, coarse hair
    Sensitivity to cold temperatures
    Heavy and/or irregular periods
    Puffy tissues
    Unexplained weight gain
    Depression
    Muscle cramps, muscle pain and tenderness
    Slower than normal heart rate
    Constipation
    Infertility
    Mental lethargy
    Goiter (swelling of the thyroid, located just below the Adam’s apple)
    Decreased libido
    together, a cluster of the above symptoms could be reason to speak with your doctor. You and your doctor can decide if thyroid testing is needed to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Hypothyroidism can have many different causes. The thyroid gland may be damaged, causing it to produce too little thyroid hormone. Another gland, called the pituitary gland, may be failing to produce enough hormone to stimulate the thyroid hormone. Or, hypothyroidism could be caused by Hashimoto’s disease. It also can result from a diet deficient in iodine, although this is rare because iodine is found in many foods and in iodized salt.

Hypothyroidism is the most common kind of thyroid disorder. There are few known risk factors for developing hypothyroidism. Studies suggest it may be more common in:

People who are over the age of 60, compared to younger people
Women, compared to men
People who have family members with a history of thyroid problems

People with a history of autoimmune disorders or thyroid problems
If you have any of the above risk factors for hypothyroidism, in addition to the listed symptoms, make an appointment with your healthcare provider soon. A simple blood test can reveal how much hormone your thyroid is producing.

Other Possible Causes
Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism can be confused with other diseases, or vice versa. For example, depression often mimics hypothyroidism in that it can make you feel down and lethargic, can interfere with sleep habits, and can lead to weight changes. On the other hand, hypothyroidism may be missed if these symptoms are attributed to depression when a true thyroid disorder exists. Because hypothyroidism can easily be mistaken for something else, only a doctor can diagnose it.

Hypothyroidism can be a serious disease, but with simple and effective means of treating it so readily available, the only obstacle to good health is recognizing thyroid symptoms and seeking diagnosis and treatment if it is appropriate. Controlling a thyroid disorder as soon as possible will help minimize the stress it places upon your body.

The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
    Weight loss despite an increase in appetite
    Irritability and nervousness
    Muscle weakness and/or tremors
    Irregular periods
    Difficulty sleeping
    Compromised vision or eye irritation
    Goiter (swelling of the thyroid, located just below the Adam’s apple)
    Sensitivity to warm temperatures
    Heart palpitations or rapid heart beat
    Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
    High blood pressure
    High heart rate
    EXCESSIVE SWEATING
    Excessive hair thinning

Together, a cluster of the above symptoms could be reason to speak with your doctor. You and your doctor can decide if thyroid testing is needed to rule out any underlying medical conditions. A simple blood test can reveal how much hormone your thyroid is producing.

Treatment of hypothyroidism is relatively easy. Most often it requires only a simple oral medication that makes up for the hormones the thyroid fails to produce, and this simple treatment can be continued for life.

 

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