Signs of thyroid problems
Could your thyroid be causing your health problems?
Thyroid problems are not an uncommon problem to have. It is estimated that about 60 million American have problems with their thyroids. Your thyroid is a master control center for your metabolism, so if your thyroid has problems, your whole body will suffer. The parts of your body that will be especially affected are your weight and energy levels, and you could also become depressed.
Here we will discuss the most common symptoms of thyroid problems so that you know what to look out for, and can go to the doctor for a checkup if you have some of these symptoms.
- Fatigue. Although fatigue can signify many things, long-lasting and severe fatigue could be a sign of some problem with your thyroid. It's a good idea to see a doctor if you have incurable fatigue that you struggle to find an answer for.
- Weight problems or weight changes. Your thyroid is a control center for your metabolism, so any problem with your thyroid can affect how much weight you lose or gain. For most people, this means they will gain weight and likely not be able to lose it. Difficulty losing weight can be a sign of hypothyroidism. If you are having trouble losing weight even with a good diet and exercise, you should see your doctor.
- Depression or anxiety. Your thyroid can severely affect your mood, and so depression and anxiety are just one way that a problem with your thyroid can affect you. If you have depression or anxiety that does not respond to medication, it could be an issue with your thyroid.
- Cholesterol problems. If you have problems maintaining a healthy cholesterol level, you could have a thyroid problem. This is especially true when the cholesterol level does not respond to medication that is supposed to help fix it.
- Menstrual irregularities and fertility problems. If you are a woman, having irregular periods well into your twenties and thirties could signify a problem with your thyroid. Similarly, you could have thyroid issues if you are trying to have a baby but just haven't been able to. Seeing your doctor to see if it has to do with your thyroid could be an option for you.
- Gut problems. If your bowel movements just aren't right, don't respond to any other medicine or treatment, and are long lasting and severe, it could be worth getting your thyroid checked out. Long term constipation is associated with hypothyroidism, while long term diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with hyperthyroidism.
- Hair loss. Though hair loss can be a sign of many things, it can often be a sign of a thyroid problem. If you have hypothyroidism, your hair can become brittle and break easily. If you have an overactive thyroid, hair loss can be significant and your skin can also suffer as well.
If you have any of these problems, make sure you see a doctor right away to see if you have a problem with your thyroid.