When functioning perfectly the thyroid gland is essential for your general health, metabolism, and overall sense of well-being. Approximately 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder. Identifying a thyroid disorder can be difficult and these conditions often go unnoticed. It is estimated that up half of these individuals with a thyroid disorder are unaware that they have a thyroid condition.
Below is a list of signs to look for when identifying a thyroid disorder. We recommend that you consult with your thyroid doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your health.
- Feeling tired and having a lack of energy. If you still feel exhausted after a full nights sleep it could be the cause of too little thyroid hormone, also known as hypothyroidism.
- Unusually depressed or sad feelings can also be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Too little thyroid hormone can have an impact on the levels of serotonin in the brain, which effects your mood.
- Feelings of anxiety and jitteriness. When the thyroid gland makes too much of the thyroid hormone it can cause feelings of anxiety and jitteriness.
- Feeling hungry all the time and having an increased appetite can be a sign of hyperthyroidism. Signs of an under-active thyroid may include changes in your sense of taste and smell.
- Dry skin is another possible sign of hypothyroidism. Changes in the appearance and texture of the skin can be a result of slowed metabolism, which can lead to a reduction in sweating.
- Thinning hair or loss of large amounts of hair can be caused by underproduction of the thyroid hormone.
- Chills or feelings of being cold can also be symptoms of hypothyroidism. Conversely, feeling warm or profusely sweating can be signs of hyperthyroidism.
- Finally, a lump in your throat could be a sign of a thyroid disorder. You can check for signs of swelling by using a hand mirror and watching your throat as you swallow a drink of water. Bulges or protrusions in the thyroid area, below the Adam’s Apple and above the collarbones, could be signs of a thyroid disorder.
If you are concerned that you are experiencing an under-active or over-active thyroid, please contact your thyroid doctor immediately. A thyroid doctor provides patients with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions and diseases. Contact Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists, PA to schedule an appointment with one of our thyroid doctors today.