Symptoms of Hyperthyroid Problems You Need To Be Paying Attention To
If you’ve spent any time on hypothyroidism forums, you may have come across an interesting symptomatic pattern. Based on the comments and threads, it might seem like patients struggle with the symptoms of hypothyroidism for a long while before they are ever successfully diagnosed.
The standard thyroid test let a lot of patients slip through the diagnostic net in the early stages of a developing thyroid condition. Trying to deal with the symptoms while working to obtain a proper diagnosis is an exercise in determination.
This article will let you know what the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism are. That way you’ll know when it’s time to insist on treatment.
Tried and Tested Shortcomings
The symptoms of hypothyroidism resemble a progressive, yet cascading, health condition.
Given how long it takes for the hormonal imbalance to present itself, the signs of an underactive thyroid can remain relatively dormant for years.
The catch is that once the imbalance becomes pronounced, a patient typically finds themselves dealing with a myriad of symptoms in a comparatively short amount of time.
The symptoms include:
- Weight gain of 30 pounds or more in 3 to 6 months
- Extreme sensitivity to cold in the hands and feet
- Disrupted sleep patterns that culminate in extreme fatigue
- Increased mental confusion, depression, and coordination problems
- Changes in menstrual cycle and fertility
- Moodiness and detachment from normal activities
- Changes in skin, hair, fingernails, and facial appearance
Even with all of these symptomatic markers, your standard thyroid tests can come back within normal range.
Advocating for Early Treatment
If the condition remains untreated, your symptoms will continue to cascade until your hormonal level is dangerously low.
The best thing you can do at this stage of the game is to find support and advocate for yourself. The medical field still has a long way to go when it comes to understanding the thyroid gland.
Frankly, the treatment for this condition could be improved so that patients in earlier stages have a chance to control the problem without lifelong hormone replacement therapy.
Ask for recommendations from other patients who found specialists who would treat them preemptively. Most patients have to see several specialists before getting the early treatment they need.
Don’t give up. Just keep trying, because it is worth it.
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