13 Signs Of A Thyroid Problem That Stay Silent
The thyroid gland is the part of our body that produces hormones essential for metabolism and brain activity. If problems with your thyroid gland go untreated, the result can be tragic.
The problem with this is that its symptoms are often vague and silent. If you notice any of these symptoms, then seek a doctor and request a blood test to determine your hormone levels.
1. Sleep Changes
2. Random Anxiety
3. Changes in your usual bowel habits
“Thyroid hormones also play a role in keeping your digestive track running. If you produce too little, things get backed up. You’ll experience a regular bowel movement—not diarrhea—but the need to go more frequently, because everything is sped up,” says Dr. Gupta.
4. Thinning of the hair
5. Random sweating
“The thyroid regulates the body’s energy production. Higher than normal hormone levels mean your metabolism is revved up, which causes people to feel overly warm,” says Dr. Gupta.
6. Your clothes are fitting tighter than usual
“Lack of hormones decreases metabolism and calorie burning, so you may see gradual but unexplained weight gain,” says Dr. Gharib.
7. Feeling ravenous
“People often report that their appetite is up and they’re eating a lot, but are losing weight instead of gaining,” says Gupta.
8. Brain Fog
9. Excessive energy
“People say they feel like they’ve had too much caffeine or have heart palpitations even when they’re relaxed,” says Dr. Gupta.
10. Weariness everyday
“The body needs these thyroid hormones to produce energy,” says Dr. Gharib.
11. Strange periods
12. Infertility or miscarriage
“Low hormone levels affect ovulation and predispose you to infertility or miscarriage,” says Dr. Gupta. “If you have thyroid disease, hormone supplementation can be very beneficial while trying to conceive and during pregnancy.”
13. Developmental delays affecting children
“If you notice that they are growing significantly slower than their peers, complaining about muscles soreness, or if teachers say they’re jumpy and unfocused, that could be a sign that they have low hormone levels, which can affect their development,” says Dr. Gupta.
Problems can either stem from an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. Endocrinologists are the type of doctors that specialize in treating your hormone imbalances.
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