According to The American Thyroid Association (ATA), over 12 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and are unaware of their condition. So, if you’re feeling anxious, tired, bloated, or constipated for no reason, your body might be telling you that your thyroid levels are off. 

Doral Health & Wellness provides high-quality interdisciplinary medical treatments and advanced services in Endocrinology. Let’s help you figure out the ‘not-so-evident’ signs of thyroid dysfunctions. 

 

1. WEIGHT ISSUES 

Thyroid hormones affect your metabolism.  

  • Increased activity or levels of the thyroid (hyperthyroidism) will increase both your metabolism and appetite. And this can lead to unexplained weight loss 
  • While a drop in thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) can slow down your metabolism significantly. As a result, your body burns fewer calories which can cause increased fat storage, leading to weight gain. 

2. MOOD CHANGES 

Thyroid hormones have a close association with your moods and any sudden changes in your moods can be a sign of thyroid imbalance. 

  • Panic, Anxiety & Nervousness: When your thyroid gland works more than normal, the hormones signal your body to overwork. And this leads to hyperactive moods like nervousness, panic episodes, thoughts of impending doom, and anxiety. 
  • Brain Fog, Dejection & Depression: As your body slows down when thyroid levels are low, your nervous system slows down. Along with the general feeling of lethargy and sluggishness, you tend to experience mood swings and signs of depression.  

3. CHANGES IN BOWEL MOVEMENTS
 

The changes in thyroid levels can even influence your digestive system.  

  • More frequent bowel movements are linked to hyperthyroidism as your digestive processes are in an overdrive.  
  • Hypothyroidism slows your digestive process, causing constipation. If you notice that you haven’t had a bowel movement in days, you should talk to your doctor.

4. INCREASED HEART RATE (PALPITATIONS)

  • As a sign of high hormonal levels, your heart beats faster than usual. The increase in the pumping activity of the heart can also lead to palpitations.  
  • Thyroid levels lower than normal decrease the flexibility of your blood vessels and makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to all the parts of your body, leading to low blood pressure. 

So, if you feel your heartbeat is off, you should get your thyroid health checked. 

 5. INCREASED SENSITIVITY TO TEMPERATURE CHANGES

The thyroid is responsible for temperature regulation in your body. 

  • Excessive Sweating: The increased thyroid hormones tell your body to burn energy faster, it tends to heat up more than normal, and you tend to sweat more (to cool off).  
  • Sensitivity to Cold: The lower hormonal levels slow down your metabolism and your body has a tough time heating itself up. So, you’ll always feel cold, even in the breezy New York summer. 

 6.  MENSTRUAL & PREGNANCY PROBLEMS

  • Irregular Periods: Hyperthyroidism accelerates your body mechanisms cursing your periods to become lighter and faster. 
  • Heavy Irregular Periods: In contrast to hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism makes the menstrual cycle slower, and the bleeding gets heavier.  
  • You might also experience changes in your sex drive. 
  • Pregnancy Problems: Studies show that thyroid disorders cause complications in pregnancy ranging from preeclampsia to stillbirth, premature delivery, or a low-birth-weight baby.  
  1. FATIGUE
  • As your metabolism is fast-tracked by hyperthyroidism, you feel tired very easily as you keep burning more calories. 
  • In hypothyroidism, your body makes fewer thyroid hormones, and it slows down your body. You become slow and sluggish, you have difficulty concentrating and you become tired more often. 
  1. MUSCLE WEAKNESS

Without the stimulation from thyroid hormones, your muscles begin to lose their form and power. 

  • Sore muscles and aches: When your body slows down and doesn’t have enough fuel to keep going, it breaks down fat and muscle tissue thus leading to weakness, soreness, and pain.  
  •  Joint stiffness and pain: Thyroid diseases also affect your joints.  

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: As your body becomes sluggish, fluid starts to accumulate compressing the nerves in your wrist. This leads to numbness, tingling, and weakness in your fingers and wrist which is called carpal tunnel syndrome.  

  1. WEAK NAILS AND THINNING HAIR

Thyroid hormones regulate the growth and maintenance of your hair and nails. 

  • With hyperthyroidism, the extra hormones in your body power up the growth of your hair follicles and nails. As the natural life cycle of the hair follicles and nails is accelerated, they lack nutrients, and this forced growth leads to thin and brittle hair and nails. 

10. SKIN TEXTURE & PATCHES

Thyroid hormones also influence the quality of your skin. 

  • Dry and itchy Skin: With hyperthyroidism, your body accelerates the rate of turnover of the skin cells, and you may notice itchy and dry patches of skin. 
  • Other symptoms include darkening of the skin, rashes, lumps, and reddish spots. 
  • Swelling on the face: Hypothyroidism leads to extra fluid collection in your body. You’ll usually notice this as swelling on your face (on your eyelids, lips, and tongue) and your ankles and fingers. 

 

HOW TO TREAT THYROID PROBLEMS 

Now that you are aware of the signs of thyroid disorders, what can you do? 

The first thing is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and health concerns.
 

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT TO ASSESS YOUR THYROID HEALTH 

Give us a call on 718-DORAL-55 and set up a consultation today.