The Top 7 Signs You May Have A Thyroid Problem
The thyroid is a small gland in the front of the neck that releases hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. When your thyroid doesn't function properly, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels. It is estimated that millions of Americans may have a thyroid condition and don’t even know it. Since undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk common health problems, it is critical to not go undiagnosed. Listed here are some of the most common signs that you may have a thyroid condition:
1. Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue is a common sign of thyroid trouble. If you are so tired you feel you can't get through your day or feel like going back to sleep even after you've had a full night's rest, it could be your thyroid.
2. Unexplained Weight Gain or Loss
If your weight has fluctuated wildly recently for no apparent reason, it could be due to a thyroid imbalance. This includes both weight gain (hypothyroidism) and weight loss (hyperthyroidism).
3. Family History of Thyroid Disease
Thyroid problems can run in families. If you have a relative with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's disease, you should watch your thyroid health more closely.
4. Mental/Emotional Issues
Changes in mood, from depression to anxiety and panic attacks, can all be related to thyroid problems, as can difficulty concentrating and memory problems.
5. Cholesterol Problems
Both high and low cholesterol can signal thyroid trouble, especially if your levels have not responded to dietary and exercise changes or even medications. High cholesterol is associated with hypothyroidism while low cholesterol is linked to hyperthyroidism.
6. Hair Loss
Hair loss, along with dry and brittle hair, is a common symptom of thyroid abnormalities, as is dry or scaly skin.
7. Menstrual or Fertility Troubles
Women with thyroid disease may experience heavier, more painful periods or, on the other end of the spectrum, less frequent, lighter menstruation. Thyroid problems can also lead to infertility or miscarriages.
You don't need to have all of these symptoms in order to have a thyroid problem, but if you have some of the above symptoms, contact my office today for a thorough thyroid evaluation.
Dr. Daniel Falor
4300 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite D
Duluth, GA 30096