Signs and Symptoms of a Thyroid Problem You Might be Ignoring
Your thyroid works hard to keep your metabolism moving and your heart beating steady. Like most organs when something is wrong, it will let you know if there is a problem. However your thyroid tends to be quite subtle when it comes to sending messages. Most symptoms of a thyroid disorder are ignored or mistaken for another condition.
There are two main classifications of thyroid disorders. Hypothyroidism results from a drop in the production of thyroid hormone. Symptoms characteristic of hypothyroidism are sluggishness, weight gain, and low blood pressure.
On the other hand, hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid overproduces the thyroid hormone. Symptoms that may signal an overactive thyroid include trouble sleeping, increased anxiety, and weight loss although you may have an increased appetite. There are many different causes for these types of thyroid disorders, and if left untreated they can lead to other serious complications.
About one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime, so it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a sluggish or speedy thyroid. While noticing one or two of these symptoms on their own may not be a sign of a thyroid disorder, if you have two or more that seem to persist, then it may be time to consult with your physician.
Your doctor can run the needed tests to determine if your thyroid is producing too little or too much thyroid hormone, or, determine if something else is the cause of your symptoms. Do not take these symptoms lightly if they seem to be upsetting your everyday routines.
While depression can be a beast to wrangle on its own, it may also be a signal that your thyroid is out of sync. Note: depression can also show up with anxiety.
If you’re worried you may be depressed and also experiencing several of the following symptoms, checking your thyroid may help treat the underlying cause for all.
2. Irregular Sleep Patterns
We’ve all had nights where we toss and turn before getting to sleep, or even mornings where it was difficult to get up. However, sudden changes in the way you sleep may signal a change in your body’s production of the thyroid hormone.For those who can usually get a full night’s rest but suddenly find it difficult to get out of bed, a slow thyroid may be to blame.Conversely, if you toss and turn and can’t seem to fall asleep, an over productive thyroid might be at work.