Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the throat. And it has a powerful impact on your hormones. It affects your appetite, metabolism, and much more. And when it’s out of whack it can make it hard to lose fat and affect the body in different ways.
Unfortunately, thyroid disorder is hard to detect and that’s why so many people are walking around with it. Additionally, thyroid disorder shares symptoms with common conditions like depression, menopause, and chronic fatigue, another reason it’s hard to detect.
This condition mostly affects women. According to the American Thyroid Association, 20 million Americans have thyroid disorder and 60% percent are undiagnosed. Here are 8 thyroid disorder symptoms to look out for.
Hitting the snooze button once or twice doesn’t necessarily mean you have thyroid disorder but if you consistently find it hard to wake up you might have a problem. A sluggish thyroid lowers the body’s performance. This will consequently make you sleepy even during the day.
2. Feeling depressed
Thyroid disorder can affect your mood according to Mayo Clinic. An underactive thyroid can trigger feelings of depression and sadness while an overactive thyroid can make you anxious.
3. Instant weight gain
We all know that overeating can cause weight gain. But that it takes time to gain weight. If the scale suddenly goes up, chances are your thyroid is in not normal. Get your blood tested if you’ve gained weight but you haven’t increased your calorie intake.
4. Loss of sex drive
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is known to reduce libido. But realize that other factors like depression, lack of sleep and weight gain can reduce sex drive.
5. Skin dryness
Thyroid disorder affects skin health. One explanation for this is that, when metabolism slows down, you’re less likely to sweat so the skin will be dry. Unless it’s very cold, a dry skin could mean thyroid disorder.
6. Pain in muscles
Having random pain in different muscles could mean your thyroid is out of whack. Muscles should only hurt after training (due to soreness) or after an injury.
7. Increased appetite
An overactive thyroid can increase your appetite. But the active thyroid will use the excess calories, so those calories might actually not cause weight gain. Research also shows that thyroid disorder can affect your sense of taste and smell.
8. Throat problems
As you know, the thyroid gland is located around the neck so it’s possible that thyroid disorder will cause some discomfort. If you notice a lump on the throat or frequent itching, see a doctor.