Usually, when we feel something unusual in our bodies, we simply go with the thought “It’s just a cold, or allergy or age”. This can sometimes be true, but often these seemingly everyday problems can indicate bigger medical issues. For example, how lightheadedness could be a sign of heart disease in women.
So, this is one good reason why you should pay more attention to the messages that your body is sending you – such as when we experience issues with our thyroid.
Some of us think that the thyroid is just a small gland in our throats, without knowing that it is responsible for producing the thyroid hormone (or TH), and this hormone regulates your metabolism, temperature, and heartbeat.
You will notice thyroid disorder if it either becomes overactive, producing too much of the hormone, or it can also slow down and grow sluggish, developing too little of the hormone.
We are presenting you 10 symptoms how to spot some of the early warning signs of thyroid issues.
1. Feeling Sad or Depressed
An over- or under-active thyroid can completely alter your mood, according to the Mayo Clinic. Too little the thyroid hormone, affects the levels of “happy” serotonin in the brain, and that’s why it makes you feel unusually blue or even depressed.
“This is one of the top three most common symptoms of hypothyroidism,” says integrative medicine specialist Dr. Robin Miller.
When you suffer from constipation and you can kick it, it is likely a disruption in thyroid hormone production has caused a slowdown in digestion.
3. Sleeping Too Much
A lot of people have a hard time to get up in the morning, but if in your case it feels unbearable, you shouldn’t avoid this symptom, according to Dr. Miller.
It comes to word about sluggish thyroid that can make bodily functions slowly down, and make you feel sleepy even during the day.
4. Hair Loss and Dry Skin
“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!”
If your hair and nails feel dry and brittle, or your hair is falling down, it is a lack of thyroid that interrupts your hair growth cycle, which results in hair loss, sometimes even of your eyebrows.
Also if your skin is dry, it may be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Your metabolism is slowed, which can reduce sweating.
5. Sudden Weight Gain
Suddenly weight gain without any changes to your dietary or physical habits should be a warning for you, according to WebMD.
This is one of the main reasons why 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.
6. No Sexual Interest
According to Health.com, too little thyroid hormone equals a low libido.
But anyway, experiencing the other symptoms of thyroid issues such as: weight gain, body aches, hair loss – could also contribute to lack of desire.
7. Muscular Pain or Tightening
If you are too much active, work hard or do a lot of exercise it is 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.
8. Fluttering Heart
It is not the same feeling as when we fall in love. It’s more pronounced; it feels like your heart is skipping a beat or two. You can maybe even feel it in the pulse points of your neck and wrist.
Sometimes it may sound like something you are experiencing, and that may be heart palpitations, which may mean there are too many thyroid hormones flooding your system.
9. Fuzzy Head
It is normal that your brain feels a little fuzzy with age, but if it suddenly gets more intense, it could be your thyroid. Too much of the hormone can you feel more disoriented and difficult t concentrate.
“When we treat patients for hypothyroidism, they are often surprised at how fast their brain fog goes away and how much sharper they feel,” says Dr. Miller. “Many women think it’s just something that comes along with menopause, when it really is a sign of a thyroid problem.”
10. High Blood Pressure
If it happens that you have high blood pressure and nothing can solve the issue without medications, such as healthier diet or more exercise, you should check your thyroid.
If you have an under-active thyroid can also have problems with increased level of the “bad” cholesterol, which unfortunately can lead to an enlarged heart or heart failure.