8 Hidden Signs You Might Have a Thyroid Disorder

Feb 18, 2015

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    It Could Be a Thyroid Disorder

    We often take things casually when it comes to our health and tend to treat headaches or an upset stomach as just another meaningless symptom. What we fail to realise is that such symptoms may be a sign of something severe or may get worse if not taken care of soon. You may be surprised to know that there are many people out there suffering from some kind of thyroid disorder and they don’t even know about it. They like to think it’s their fatigue, stress and work which is giving them headaches. Well its time you check for these symptoms yourself to rule out whether you have a thyroid condition or not. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    As you may already know, the thyroid gland is known to control production of hormones that set the pace of the body; hence unexplained fatigue is one of the most vital symptoms of thyroid disorder. If you are feeling fatigued in the middle of the day even without working a lot or feel sleepy all the time, it’s time to go for a check up. Some people may find it hard to fall asleep and therefore, they feel exhausted. This could be because of an overactive thyroid which can lead to insomnia due to rapid pulse. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Digestive problems

    If you have been suffering from constipation or diarrhoea for quite some time it could be because of the thyroid. Gas, flatulence and even bloating are indicators of the disease. The changes in the hormone level production can affect the digestive processes. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Weight changes

    The thyroid gland regulates metabolism of the body.  If you find it almost impossible to gain or lose weight despite several efforts, you may have hypothyroidism. On the other hand, people who have hyperthyroidism may lose weight because it increases the rate of metabolism in them. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Breathing problems

    You might find this little strange but certain foods like soy, nuts and even cabbage can slow thyroid function causing breathing problems. Thus, if you find difficulty in breathing while eating such foods, know that it is time to head for a check-up. Image Courtesy: Getty


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    If you are feeling unusually depressed or sad, it could be due to less production of thyroid hormone.  Since the hormone affects the levels of serotonin in the brain, you may also find difficulty in concentrating on things or have poor memory.  Too much thyroid hormone causes anxiety or panic attacks. Hormones play a vital role in bodily functions and can affect mental functions as well. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Goitre is the enlargement of the thyroid gland. It develops when the thyroid disorder develops to an advanced stage causing swelling, lump or discomfort in the neck. It can occur both in hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.  If you notice lump or swelling in the neck, instead of ignoring it, seek medical help. Image Courtesy: Getty


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    Heart Rate

    Accelerated heart beat even when you are not excited can be another symptom you should look out for as it indicates thyroid too. Lower levels of thyroid causes your heart to beat slower than normal. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Loss of appetite

    Another most common symptom of thyroid is loss of appetite. People with thyroid disease don’t feel like eating even if they are losing or gaining weight. Image Courtesy: Getty