What Are Thyroid Disease Symptoms?

When thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones a wide range of symptoms is present. Thyroid disease symptoms vary from patient to patient, depending on severity of the condition, length of time it's been present and body defence mechanism.

Physical Symptoms Of Thyroid Disease

Perhaps the most common is lack of energy: getting up in the morning can be difficult and any physical or mental activity presents a challenge. Strong minded individuals can keep going throughout a day but at the end of it they are extremely exhausted.

A low body temperature is also often complained of. Person with low thyroid is cold most of the time, wearing additional layers of clothes and turning up the heating to the annoyance of everyone else. When taken, the temperature of such person is lower that average and he is equally intolerant to cold and heat.

Steady and unexplained weight gain is also on the list of symptoms. Hypothyroid patients can find it very easy to put on weight and almost impossible to lose it. Thyroid malfunction makes dieting inefficient: any food restriction slows down metabolism which is low in hypothyroid people anyway.
Vitamins and nutrition are not absorbed properly from the food which leads to further damage to the whole system. The situation is not helped by fluid retention and chronic constipation, other common symptoms of poor thyroid function.

Different kinds of aches and pains in muscles and joints are known to affect low thyroid people. They also suffer from headache, thinning hair or loss of eyelashes, skin problems and might experience deepening and coarsening of the voice.

Very common thyroid disease symptom is poor resistance to upper respiratory or urinary tract infections. With sluggish thyroid body is not working properly and immune system doesn't respond adequately to infections.

Poor thyroid is also linked to infertility and loss of libido, anaemia, postnatal and arteriosclerosis.

Psychological Symptoms Of Thyroid Disease

Problem with memory and concentration characteristic for low thyroid sufferers can be very upsetting especially when accompanied by nervous disorders of which the most common is depression. It's been estimated that of all those suffering from depression even half may have undiagnosed thyroid problem. Coincidently, depression is also on the rise along with hypothyroidism.

This list is by no means exhaustive: hypothyroidism can resemble any disorder known to medical science. Anyone who suffers from most of these symptoms should consider further examination.


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