Nine Possible Signs of Thyroid Trouble

  • The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in our neck controls, a lot of our body’s functions, especially metabolism, mood and fatigue. A thyroid that’s not working right could be boosting your risk of everything from weight gain (or unhealthy loss) to heart disease. That’s why if you have any symptoms of a thyroid condition you should talk to your doctor. Here are some signs to look out for:
  • Exhaustion You’re still feeling fatigued after you awaken even if you’ve slept solidly for at least eight hours, find it tough to get going during the day, and nap a lot -- or you’re jittery and have insomnia.
  • Muscle And Joint Pain Aches, pains and a tendency to develop carpal tunnel in your hands or arms -- as well as weakness in your legs – can be related to an malfunctioning thyroid.
  • Hair And/Or Skin Problems Hair issues include loss and turning brittle, coarse and dry -- and an unusual thinning of hair in the outer edge of the eyebrow. Skin may become particularly fragile or thin.
  • An Uncomfortable Or Swollen Neck Discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties, a hoarse voice or a visibly enlarged thyroid can all be symptoms of thyroid disease.
  • Bowel Issues Long-term constipation is associated with hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), while diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid.)
  • It's In The Family If you have a family history of thyroid problems, you are at a higher risk of having a thyroid condition yourself. In the past it may have been referred to as a goiter.
  • Cholesterol High cholesterol that’s not improved by diet, exercise or cholesterol-lowering medication can be a sign of undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Unusually low cholesterol levels may be a sign of hyperthyroidism.
  • Depression And/Or Anxiety This includes sudden onset of panic disorder. Hypothyroidism is typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly noted with anxiety or panic attacks.
  • Weight Shifts If you’re watching your weight and exercising, or eating and still losing weight, it’s a sign your metabolism isn’t functioning properly – and your thyroid gland might be the culprit.