It’s estimated that as many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem, but the majority don’t know it yet.
The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is the master gland of metabolism. When your thyroid doesn’t function, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels.
Undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, infertility and a host of other symptoms and health problems.
So, the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms, and getting a proper diagnosis and treatment, is clear.
You don’t need to have all of these symptoms in order to have a thyroid problem, but here are the ten most common signs that you may have a thyroid condition.
The top ten signs of a thyroid problem include:
- Muscle and Joint Pains, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Plantar’s Fasciitis
- Neck Discomfort, Thyroid Enlargement, Goiter, Hoarseness, Sore Throat
- Hair Loss, Hair Changes, Skin Changes, Loss of Outer Edge of Eyebrows
- Constipation, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Bowel Problems, Digestion Issues, Malabsorption
- Heavy Periods, Missed Periods, Menstrual Irregularities, Infertility, Recurrent Miscarriage
- Family History of Thyroid and Autoimmune Disease in First-Degree Relatives – Parents, Siblings, Children
- High Cholesterol, Especially When Unresponsive to Medications, Diet and Exercise
- Depression, Mood Swings, Anxiety, Panic Attacks
- Unexpected Weight Changes Without Changes to Diet and Exercise, Difficulty Losing Weight
- Fatigue, Exhaustion, Unrefreshing Sleep.