What are the symptoms of a thyroid condition? Thyroid issues can be difficult to spot at first since many of the symptoms are also indicative of other health conditions. The symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can also vary in severity from person to person. If you have other medical conditions, symptoms associated with those conditions may be more severe due to underlying thyroid issues. The cause of thyroid disease, severity of thyroid hormone deficiency and the length of time the body has been deprived of the correct levels of hormones all affect symptom severity.
Here are some signs to look for that might indicate a thyroid condition:
- Feeling run down, exhausted, drowsy and/or fatigued, even with proper rest
- Feelings of depression or lack of interest in things previously enjoyed
- Increased and/or heavier menstrual periods, PMS, fertility/miscarriage issues
- Constipation, even with adequate fiber intake
- Forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty learning or feeling like you are in a ”fog”
- Unexplained weight gain beyond a few pounds, increased fluid retention and/or puffy face
- Dry and/or itchy skin, even with regular moisturizer use.
- Dry, brittle nails and hair (with or without thinning)
- Hoarse voice and/or difficulty swallowing
- Intolerance to cold, especially in extremities such as fingers and toes
- Muscle cramps
If you have been experiencing many of the above symptoms, speak with your doctor about screening your thyroid hormone levels to rule out a possible condition. Don’t put off getting tested just because your symptoms seem like ”normal” everyday ailments (fatigue, forgetfulness, etc.). With the proper care, it’s completely possible to lift the fog and feel like yourself again.
Do you have a thyroid condition (or know someone who does)? What symptoms did you experience that made you seek help?