Thyroid Problem Signs, Symptoms, Testing, and Treatment
An estimated 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem. Shockingly, most of them are unaware of it. Why is this so shocking? Because a thyroid problem can affect every aspect of your life.
The most common initial problem areas are:
- Changes in energy levels
Over time, these baseline symptoms can transform into:
- Heart disease
- Mood-related psychological disorders
- Hair loss and other changes to appearance
- Sexual dysfunction and infertility
It’s of vital importance that this problem not go undiagnosed.
5 Signs of a Thyroid Problem
You don’t have to have all of the symptoms listed below to have a thyroid problem. A good rule of thumb is that if you have at least three of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about the possibility that your thyroid is either overactive or underactive.
Sign #1: Broad-spectrum joint and muscle pain. Occasional aches and pains are normal, but if they come with weakness in the extremities, a decrease in coordination or the sudden development of carpal tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis, it could all lead back to your thyroid.
Sign #2: Neck discomfort or enlargement. Swelling of the neck that causes your shirts and ties to be uncomfortable, your voice to be horse, or that produces a visibly swollen and sensitive area can indicate Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – a form of underactive thyroid.
Sign #3: Changes to hair and skin. Dry, thinning hair is one of the most obvious signs of a thyroid problem. Additionally, your skin texture and tone usually changes. It can become thick, rough, dull and itchy, or fragile and thin.
Sign #4: Bowel problems. Patients usually complain of severe and long-lasting constipation or a sudden onset of irritable bowel syndrome or diarrhea.
Sign #5: Menstrual irregularities/fertility problems. An underactive thyroid causes frequent periods with signs of endometriosis, while an overactive thyroid causes shorter, lighter, and infrequent menstruation.
It may seem like it, but the symptoms are not in your head. If you currently have three or more of them, it’s time to do something about it. Schedule an appointment with a doctor or endocrinologist and continue to pursue the issue until you are treated.
It could take a while to find the right specialist, but the difference treatment makes is worth the effort.
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