Subtle Symptoms Of A Thyroid Problem That You Should Never Ignore

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Thyroid Symptom #1: Feeling Sad or Depressed

According to the Mayo Clinic, an over- or under-active thyroid can completely alter your mood. Too little thyroid hormone can affect the levels of “happy” serotonin in the brain, making you feel unusually blue or even depressed.On the flip side, too much thyroid hormone can make you feel anxious, restless, or irritable.

Thyroid Symptom #2: Constipation

If you are suffering from constipation and you can’t kick it, it is likely a disruption in thyroid hormone production has caused a slowdown in digestion.“This is one of the top three most common symptoms of hypothyroidism,” says integrative medicine specialist

Thyroid Symptom #3: Sleeping Too Much

We all have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, but when it feels unbearable, it should be a wakeup call, according to Dr. Miller.A sluggish thyroid can make bodily functions slow to a turtle’s pace, making you feel sleepy even during the day.

Thyroid Symptom #4: Hair Loss and Dry Skin

Is your skin dry and itchy and it’s not even winter? This may be a symptom of hypothyroidism. The shift in texture is thanks to a slowed metabolism, which can reduce sweating.Your hair and nails may feel dry and brittle, as well. Your hair may even be falling out. The reason? A lack of thyroid hormone interrupts your hair growth cycle, which results in hair loss, sometimes even outside of your eyebrows.“Lots of my patients come in and tell me that their hairdresser sent them,” says Dr. Miller. “They’ll say, ‘My hair stylist said I’m losing my hair and I needed to go ask my doctor about my thyroid.’ The hair salons are more aware of thyroid problems than some doctors!”

Thyroid Symptom #5: Sudden Weight Gain

Though weight gain can be caused by many factors, suddenly weight gain without any changes to your dietary or physical habits could be cause for concern, according to WebMD.In fact, it’s one of the main reasons people show up in Dr. Miller’s office. “They’ll tell me that they aren’t eating any more than usual, but they’re gaining weight,” she says. “They are exercising, but they are getting nowhere. They can’t lose it.” It’s almost always due to an under-active thyroid, she says.

Thyroid Symptom #6: High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure and nothing seems to be resolving the issue without medication — such as a healthier diet or more exercise — you may want to get your thyroid checked.An under-active thyroid can cause high levels of the “bad” cholesterol, which unfortunately can lead to an enlarged heart or heart failure.

Thyroid Symptom #7: Muscular Pain or Tightening

If we stub a toe, our toe tends to hurt. Or if we embark on a new exercise, like rowing a canoe, we may feel soreness in our arm muscles over the next few days. These kinds of pains are perfectly normal and have an explanation.But if you feel random and mysterious tightening or numbness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, consider that your thyroid may be the culprit.A lack of thyroid hormone can damage the nerves that send signals from your brain to the rest of your body over time. “The result is ‘unexplained’ tingles and twinges,” according to Dr. Miller.

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