10 Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Do not underestimate that butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. It does so much even if it is so little.

The thyroid gland makes sure that you have enough thyroid hormones going around for your body to work like the well-oiled machine that it is. If it doesn’t? Well, that is going to be a problem.

There are two things that can go wrong with your thyroid: it can produce hormones at an excess, or it can produce hormones that are not enough. The first condition is known as hyperthyroidism, and the second, .

takes place when your thyroid gland does not produce enough of the thyroid hormones your body needs.

When your body does not work the way it is supposed to, it can eat your body up from outside to within. Someone with hypothyroidism does not only gain weight as a result of slow metabolism and stomach bloating, but may also be susceptible to heart diseases, dry skin, and even depression.

Know the most common yet often overlooked symptoms that can mean you have this disease. Here are eleven of them:

symptoms of hypothyroidism

1. Changes in the Menstrual Cycle

While the disease that is hypothyroidism does not choose its victims, women are generally more likely to be affected by it than men.

Changes in one’s menstrual cycle is a sure-fire way of telling a woman may just have hypothyroidism. This is because when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to keep one’s body up and running, the same body’s operations as a whole will tend to slow down.

Watch out when your usually regular menstrual cycle becomes irregular. Cycles that are exceptionally long or totally absent are cries for help.

Worry if you suddenly get heavy menstrual bleeding when that is not supposed to be the case. You may just have hypothyroidism.

Track your bleeding patterns if you suspect that you may have hypothyroidism. It will be helpful as well to keep a close eye on your weight, blood volume, mental state, energy levels, stool, hair, and skin.

2. Constipation

The second symptom on this list is not confined to a single gender.

Feeling constipated is not something we like to announce to the world. However, when it becomes chronic, consulting your doctor about it at the very least is a must.

Constipation is a classic sign of hypothyroidism.

In the same way that the lack of thyroid hormones may negatively affect a woman’s reproductive system and cause irregular menstrual cycles, having hypothyroidism can slow down the digestive tract’s action and consequently cause constipation.

This is because thyroid hormones help facilitate the contraction of muscles that allow for stool to pass. When these hormones are insufficient or totally lacking, this process will definitely move slower than it is supposed to.

Do not brush off your chronic constipation as just a passing phase. So many cases of hypothyroidism go undiagnosed because people ignore the signs.

Go to your doctor before you end up in the emergency room. Who knows? Getting diagnosed may just be your ticket to ridding yourself of constipation forever.

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Here is a symptom that you cannot really see.

It is not just your colon or digestive system that slows down when your thyroid does not work properly. Your brain will be affected, too.

When your body does not get enough thyroid hormones to go around, your brain will not be able to function as optimally as it can. will then most likely follow.

This may not come as common knowledge to most, but the process of working toward a diagnosis of must also be accompanied by thorough testing for thyroid dysfunction.

Studies have shown that only rare cases of do not seem to benefit at all from thyroid treatment.

is no laughing matter. If it is found to be linked with low thyroid function, this, too, must be treated.

4. Dry Hair and Hair Loss

When the inner workings of your body are no longer at par, it is sure to manifest outside as well. As it is hard to know exactly when an upset stomach or a migraine can mean so much more, look at how your body reacts.

Hypothyroidism has also been found to cause hair loss.

The follicles of our hair come from within. If there are not enough thyroid hormones to push out healthy hair strands onto your scalp, you might want to have yourself checked.

Dry hair and hair loss are not the most obvious symptoms of hypothyroidism. That is why it is important to keep an eye out for any of the other symptoms on this list. When two or more of the symptoms here concur, that is when you should make a visit to your doctor.

5. Dry Skin

If your hair can fall victim to the effects of hypothyroidism, your skin can, too.

When you have an underactive thyroid, the nutrients your skin needs to exude a healthy glow do not get to it fast enough. As a result, it unfortunately becomes dry and coarse. Experiencing difficulty in sweating may also occur.

What does dry skin caused by hypothyroidism typically look like?

Each case of hypothyroidism must be looked at on a case-to-case basis. While there is no way to know for sure what condition of skin automatically means that someone is suffering from hypothyroidism, when skin becomes dry and itchy, and cracks start to appear, you should be on high alert.

It is not easy to arrive at a hypothyroidism diagnosis. Make a checklist when you start to suspect that you may have it, but see your doctor regularly regardless.

A body afflicted with hypothyroidism does not exhibit most symptoms right away. Be wary of the lighter ones when they arise, and save yourself from greater trouble before more severe symptoms take place. 

6. Fatigue

Look out! The way you move may also be a sign. You may not know it, but fatigue is also a common symptom of hypothyroidism.

Do you feel tired? Is it becoming hard to do things you used to do with ease? Is this all becoming a regular thing for you?

Take these changes in your behavior as possibles signs of an underactive thyroid.

With all that is going on in our lives, it is very easy to ignore these symptoms. We are tired, and we are not getting older. We get it. Sometimes we feel that no further explanation is needed.

When you can’t seem to pinpoint what is causing your fatigue, it is time to check with your doctor before things get worse. You may just have hypothyroidism, and, if so, fatigue won’t be your only problem.

7. Greater Sensitivity to the Cold

If the cold never bothered you anyway, be alarmed if it now does! Your thyroid may be the problem.

Helping the body regulate heat is one of the many functions of the thyroid gland. When you have hypothyroidism, it is not unlikely that you will have low body temperatures and cold intolerance as well.

Look around you if you start to feel unusually cold. If you are the only one who is having chills in a room full of people, there is definitely a problem.

Do not conceal what you feel when this happens! Ignoring the signs of hypothyroidism puts those with cold intolerance at a higher risk of hypothermia and other similar diseases.

Let your doctor know what has been going on, and then work together toward a solution.

8. Slow Heart Rate

At this point in time, we have already tackled matters of the brain, the stomach, and the skin. Now, it is time to talk about matters of the heart.

Did you know that the thyroid hormone influences the force and speed of your heartbeat?

When a person’s thyroid gland malfunctions, some of the problems that arise may actually be heart disease in disguise. If not, it can make already-existing heart diseases worse.

Hypothyroidism tends to slow down a person’s heart rate. It also makes arteries less elastic. Higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels are possible results that one cannot simply ignore when apparent.

Listen to your heart when something is wrong. You would not want it to abruptly stop.

9. Swelling of the Thyroid Gland or Goiter

Of all the symptoms on this list, the presence of a swollen thyroid gland or goiter may be the most alarming. Nevertheless, do not let the term itself scare you. There is more to it than what meets the eye.

Goiter is known as the abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. It usually indicates that there is a anomalous condition present in your body, and it is causing the abnormal growth of the thyroid itself.

A goiter may indicate that a person has hypothyroidism. However, it can also take place when the thyroid gland is producing too many hormones or just the right amount.

You will never know which is which unless you have yourself checked. Know what’s up, and do not let whatever is plaguing you go untreated.

10. Unexplained Weight Gain or Difficulty Losing Weight

A person’s metabolism is one of the things that tend to slow down due to the insufficiency of thyroid hormones. When a person’s metabolism is slow, it is harder to burn whatever food is taken in.

Weight gain is another one of those sneaky symptoms of hypothyroidism. It is often greater in those who are already afflicted with a more severe kind of this disease, and even then it is rarely massive.

Five to ten pounds of added body weight may be attributable to hypothyroidism. If it is more than that, there may be something else that is wrong.

If weight gain is the only symptom involved, it is less likely that the changes in your body was the thyroid’s doing. If weight gain concurs with any other symptom on this list, you cannot rule out the fact that the thyroid may be involved. Check with your doctor to know what is really going on.

11. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Rarely can hypothyroidism cause peripheral neuropathy or carpal tunnel syndrome, but rarely does not translate to never.

Carpal tunnel syndrome takes place when there is an impairment in the general functions of the first four digits of your hands and palms brought about by an irregularity in your nerves.

Hypothyroidism is often seen as a primary cause of nerve pain. And thus, a connection was made by those who have experienced it.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can take place when hypothyroidism is left untreated or otherwise treated improperly. As such, it is a symptom that will only arise if you ignore all of the other symptoms that have been popping up.

This is what we have been telling you all along: If you have been experiencing an unexplained weight gain, a slower heart rate, and fatigue, do not ignore them! These conditions combined can lead to the compression of the median nerve, and, consequently, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is by no means fatal, but the total loss of a functioning hand is something we will not wish upon anyone. Pair its effects with the other disadvantages of hypothyroidism, and life will be unbearable.

Go to a doctor before hypothyroidism takes over your life.

You now know how it goes. It usualy starts with but one symptom before another, and before you even know it, it will be too late.

With how common these symptoms are, it is easy to go through life with hypothyroidism, and never get yourself diagnosed or treated for your condition at all.

Do not let that happen to you! Refer to this list of symptoms, and then look back on yourself. You can never be too cautious when it comes to how your body works. After all, it is the only body you have.

If any two or more of these symptoms apply to you, consult your doctor, and then live your life accordingly. Health is wealth, and we hope this list adds more years under your belt.