In this article we are going to talk about the 6 most common thyroid symptoms so you can decide if you have a thyroid problem. The Thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck and is vital to many of your bodily systems.
Recent research suggests as many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem with the majority of these people not even aware they have a problem.
If you have an undiagnosed thyroid problem it can lead to unexplained weight gain, heart disease, depression, decreased libido, infertility, hair loss, anxiety and so much more. For such a small gland the thyroid is responsible for a heck of a lot.
So to work out if you might have a thyroid problem we are going to look at some the most common symptoms. Do you know if you have a thyroid problem it might stop you losing weight even if you diet and exercise?
We are going to start with weight gain as it is the most common symptom for people with a thyroid disorder.
1. Have You Gained Weight Unexplainably and Cannot Get Rid Of it?
If you have unexplained weight gain or find it hard to lose weight even though you are dieting and exercising it could be due to a thyroid disorder. It is estimated 20 million people in America are overweight and don’t have to be. It is their thyroid stopping them being the weight they want to be.
2. Are You Suffering With Anxiety and Depression
Thyroid disorders and depression are intrinsically linked. If you have depression which isn’t responding to antidepressant medication it might be a sign of a thyroid disorder. When you have low thyroid function you produce less thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones are needed for ideal brain function. If your have low levels of thyroid hormone it can affect cognitive function, ability to concentrate, attention span, mood and emotions.
3. Do You Experience Tiredness and Fatigue On A Daily Basis?
If you sleep all night and wake up the next morning feeling exhausted or are unable to function all day without taking a nap it could be a sign of low thyroid function. When you have low thyroid function it can lead to a rapid pulse, high blood pressure and constipation which makes you tired.
4. Have You Noticed Changes In Your Hair and Skin?
When you suffer with low thyroid function you’re hair and skin will most likely be effected. When you have an under active thyroid your hair may become brittle, dry and will break off or fall out more than before.
Your skin may become coarse, thick, dry and scaly too. When you have low thyroid function you may also lose hair on the outer edges of your eyebrow.
5. Are You Suffering With High Cholesterol Which Doesn’t Respond To Diet Changes
If you’re suffering from high cholesterol which doesn’t seem to be responding to changes in diet, lifestyle or the use of cholesterol lowering medication it may be a sign of an underactive thyroid.
6. Have You Experienced Tendonitis, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Muscle and/or Joint Pain?
It’s common for people with low thyroid function to suffer with aches and pains in their muscles. Suffers can also experience weakness in their arms and a propensity to get carpel tunnel syndrome in their arms and hands plus tarsal tunnel in their legs.
Are You Suffering For More Than One Of These Underactive Thyroid Symptoms?
If you have an underactive thyroid you may not suffer with all the above symptoms. The chances you have one or two of these symptoms.
If you suffer with low thyroid function you can overcome these symptoms with the right diet and lifestyle changes including losing weight you have gained.