Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid)?

  1. Fatigue – persistent lack of energy and motivation
  2. Body temperature problems: cold hands and feet, feeling cold when others are comfortable
  3. Needing more sleep than most people
  4. Very dry skin, dry scalp
  5. Mental sluggishness, forgetfulness
  6. Gaining weight easily, excessive water retention
  7. Thinning hair, excessive loss of hair, loss of outer part of eyebrows
  8. Morning headache that wears off later in the day
  9. Constipation or difficult bowel movements

What are the symptoms of Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid)?

  1. An increased pulse-rate, even at rest
  2. Night sweats
  3. Insomnia
  4. Inner (and sometimes) outward, obvious trembling
  5. Heart palpitations
  6. Overly nervous and emotional
  7. Difficulty gaining weight
  8. Occasional diarrhea, frequent bowel movements
  9. Eyeballs beginning to protrude a bit

What if I have symptoms of both Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism?

An autoimmune disorder, called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, may begin with symptoms of hyperthyroidism.  Without treatment, as the disease progresses, patients begin to experience a fluctuation between the extremes of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

In an autoimmune disorder, the immune system attacks the body’s own cells and organs, instead of bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells.  Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an example of the body’s immune system attacking its own organs – in this case, the thyroid gland.  Patients produce antibodies against the thyroid gland, as though it is a foreign invader.

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