8 Warning signs of Thyroid imbalance

If you’re feeling anxious, tired, bloated, or constipated for no apparent reason, your body may be signaling that your thyroid levels are out of whack. More than 12 million Americans have thyroid disease and are unaware of it! January is observed as ‘Thyroid health month’ throughout the United States. To raise awareness on Thyroid health, let’s assist you in determining the ‘not-so-obvious’ signs of thyroid dysfunction.

Fatigue & Muscle Weakness

Because hyperthyroidism speeds up your metabolism, you get tired quickly as you burn more calories. Hypothyroidism causes your body to produce fewer thyroid hormones, causing it to slow down. You become sluggish and sluggish, have difficulty concentrating, and become tired more frequently.

Your muscles begin to lose form and power when they are not stimulated by thyroid hormones.

  • Aches and pains: When your body slows down due to a lack of fuel, it breaks down fat and muscle tissue, resulting in weakness, soreness, and pain.
  • Joint stiffness and pain: Thyroid diseases can cause joint stiffness and pain.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: As your body slows down, fluid accumulates, compressing the nerves in your wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by numbness, tingling, and weakness in your fingers and wrist.

Weight Problems

Thyroid hormones influence metabolism and your weight. Increased thyroid activity or levels (hyperthyroidism) will increase both your metabolism and appetite. This can result in unexplained weight loss, while a decrease in thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) can significantly slow down your metabolism leading to unexplained weight gain.

Problems with Menstruation & Pregnancy

Hyperthyroidism speeds up your body’s mechanisms, causing your periods to become lighter.

Unlike hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism causes the menstrual cycle to slow down and the bleeding to become heavier.

Thyroid disorders have also been linked to pregnancy complications ranging from preeclampsia to stillbirth, premature delivery, or a low-birth-weight baby, according to research.

Rapid heartbeats/Palpitations

Your heart beats faster than usual as a sign of high thyroid hormone levels. Palpitations can occur as the heart’s pumping activity increases. Thyroid levels that are lower than normal reduce the flexibility of your blood vessels, making it more difficult for your heart to pump blood to all parts of your body, resulting in low blood pressure. If you notice that your heartbeats are irregular, you should have your thyroid health checked.

Sensitivity To Temperature Changes

The thyroid gland regulates your body’s temperature and any changes in your internal thermostat could be signs of thyroid disorder.

Excessive Sweating: Increased thyroid hormones tell your body to burn energy faster, causing it to heat up faster than usual and causing you to sweat more (to cool off).

Sensitivity to Cold: Because of the lower hormonal levels, your metabolism slows, and your body has a difficult time heating up. As a result, even in the breezy New York summer, you’ll always feel cold.

Mood Switches and depression

Thyroid hormones are closely linked to your mood, so any sudden changes in your mood could be a sign of thyroid imbalance.

Panic, Anxiety, and Nervousness: When your thyroid gland works harder than usual, the hormones tell your body that it is overworked. This results in hyperactive moods such as nervousness, panic attacks, thoughts of impending doom, and anxiety.

Dejection, Brain Fog, and Depression: When your thyroid levels are low, your nervous system slows down as well. Along with a general sense of sluggishness and lethargy, you may experience mood swings and signs of depression.

Changes in Bowel Movements

Thyroid hormone fluctuations can even have an impact on your digestive system.

More frequent bowel movements are associated with hyperthyroidism because your digestive processes are overworked.

Constipation is caused by hypothyroidism, which slows your digestive process. If you haven’t had a bowel movement in days, you should consult your doctor.

Patchy skin, weak nails, and thinning hair

Thyroid hormones control hair and nail growth and maintenance. The extra hormones in your body boost the growth of your hair follicles and nails if you have hyperthyroidism. As the natural life cycle of hair follicles and nails is accelerated, they are unable to get the required nutrients, and this leads to brittle, thin, and weak nails, and hair.

Thyroid hormones also have an impact on skin quality.

Dry and itchy skin: Hyperthyroidism causes your body to speed up the turnover of skin cells, resulting in itchy and dry patches of skin.

Other signs include skin darkening, rashes, lumps, and reddish spots.

Swelling on the face: Hypothyroidism causes extra fluid to accumulate in your body. This usually manifests as swelling on your face (eyelids, lips, and tongue) and your ankles and fingers.

What can you do now that you’re aware of the symptoms of thyroid disorders? The first step is to discuss your symptoms and health concerns with your doctor. Looking for treatment of Thyroid disorders, contact us on 13473845690 for consultation or to book an appointment. Log on to  www.doralhw.org or visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212 to get a free consultation.

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