Signs & Symptoms

ThyroidThere are a number of symptoms and health problems caused by a dysfunctional thyroid. You may not have all of the symptoms, but just having a few of them could be a sign that you should have yourself tested. It is just a simple blood test.

The sooner you are diagnosed the sooner you can get your health back on track. Such things as rapid weight loss or gain, miscarriage, heart disease, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, hair loss, infertility are just a few signs that you may have a thyroid problem.

Some of the more common signs or symptoms are; muscle and joint pains, Carpal Tunnel/Tendonitis ProblemsAn enlarged neck, lump ‘goiter’ creating discomfort in that area. Hair loss or hair becoming dry and brittle, skin changes such as dry skin. Memory loss, sensitive to heat or cold, you may suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) or suffer severe constipation. Cholesterol, fatigue and if there is a  family history of thyroid problems. In women there is a possibility of infertility and Menstrual cycle irregularities. 

Of course the signs will be different or opposite for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. I have had the pleasure of having both, so I have seen both sides of the scales. Hyperthyroidism  is almost like everything is in fast mode, everything is over-active, causing possible large heart palpitations in a restful state,  short spaced menstrual cycles, shaking hands like nervousness, sudden loss of weight or extreme weight loss, insomnia.

Hypothyroidism on the other hand is more like everything is set in slow motion, you may feel more fatigued, it is harder to get moving and you may feel more lethargic. You may have rapid weight gain or suffer obesity and find it extremely hard to loose the weight due to a slow metabolism. You may notice hair becoming dry and brittle or even loss of hair on other areas of your body. Menstrual cycles may be long and heavy and more painful and your skin may become dry or flaky.

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A List of Signs & Symptoms:

Nervousness or shaking, Brain fog or lack of concentration, fatigue, sluggishness, depressed mood, menstrual changes, feeling bloated, fluid retention, large or fast heart palpitations, aches & pains, weight gain, weight loss, high cholesterol, heat intolerance, feeling cold, enlarged thyroid gland (goitre), hair loss, dry skin, insomnia, brittle nails, constipation, puffy face, heart disease, forgetfulness, restless legs, lack of energy, dropping things, inability to grasp things, lack of memory or inability to retain information, unmotivated, anxiety, stress, tinnitus, dizzy spells, carpel tunnel, craving starchy foods, little appetite, headaches/migraines, IBS, insomnia, swelling in the legs.

Here is a link to a thyroid test where you can find out if you may have a thyroid problem.

http://thyroid.about.com/library/quiz2/blthyroidquiz.htm

Another Link of information with regard to Thyroid symptoms

http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/thyroid/overview.php

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