16 Early Warning Signs of Thyroid Issues

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If you haven’t been feeling well then you should explore these early warning signs of thyroid issues so you can protect your health.

The thyroid gland is located at the front of your neck and is a butterfly-shaped organ that weighs less than an ounce. It’s mainly responsible for regulating metabolism, energy levels, mood, and overall wellbeing.

There are a few warning signs you can look out for when the thyroid gland isn’t functioning correctly.

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So I put together this article about the early warning signs which reveal you might have thyroid issues.

16 Early Warning Signs of Thyroid Issues

If you suspect that you or someone you know has an issue with their thyroid gland, check out this list of early warning signs to see if they match up.

You’re not sleeping well.

No matter how much sleep you get, you’re still experiencing the effects of an underactive thyroid gland. Your body is not regulating your sleep cycle properly, and you’re waking up earlier than usual because of it. You may have insomnia, often caused by a sluggish thyroid gland.

You’re experiencing sudden mood swings.

These swings may be very pronounced but can be subtle as well. If you’ve been feeling down for a while and then suddenly feel inexplicably happy, it could be an early sign that something is wrong with your thyroid.

You are gaining a lot of weight.

You may feel like you’re gaining weight all over your body but don’t understand why. Gaining weight could be a sign that you have an under-active thyroid.

You have heart palpitations.

It’s not a rapid pulse; it’s like a skipping heartbeat. Palpitation may be an early warning sign that your thyroid is out of whack and needs treatment.

Your skin is dry and flaky.

Your hair is looking exceptionally lustrous these days, but your skin isn’t handling the trauma quite as well as your hair. You’re noticing more wrinkles than usual, your eyelids are becoming saggy, and your fingernails aren’t growing as fast as normal. Dry skin and slow-growing nails are common signs of an imbalanced thyroid gland.

Your hair is falling out.

Your hair may not be as thick as it used to be, and you’re noticing that you’re losing more strands than usual when you brush it in the morning or after a shower.

You have a few extra pounds around your neck.

If you notice that you have developed a goiter or swelling of your thyroid gland, it could be due to an under-active thyroid. A goiter is one of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism.

You have symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles.

If you’re experiencing different types of bleeding in between cycles, contact your doctor immediately because that could indicate an under-active thyroid problem.

You experience frequent headaches.

If you’re experiencing headaches often, it could signify that the gland isn’t working correctly.

You have unexplained weight loss.

If you’re losing extreme amounts of weight, especially in just a few weeks, it could signify that something is wrong with your hormones. Thyroid problems can cause severe weight loss and plumpness, and fluid retention. Book an appointment for blood work with your doctor to check if this is happening.

You have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.

You feel exhausted and unmotivated, even after more sleep than you usually need. Your body isn’t producing enough adrenaline to give you the energy required to function in the daytime.

Hoarseness and intolerance to cold.

These symptoms are symptomatic of hyperthyroidism and should not be ignored either; you should seek out the cause of this symptom to institute appropriate treatments.

You’re feeling sluggish and tired.

There is too much production of thyroxine, so you feel sluggish and tired because the body is trying to release more adrenaline to aid in energy production. It can lead to depression if your thyroid is overactive.

You have constant constipation.

Because the thyroid muscle relaxes naturally in response to hormone levels, you may experience a lot of constipation if you have low thyroid.

You experience swelling in your hands or feet.

Swelling may occur when you’re stressed out or anxious because the body does not regulate heat well. If you’ve noticed that you are more likely to get swollen hands or feet, this could be an early sign of an under-active thyroid.

You are constantly thirsty.

Low thyroid function sometimes results in a low sodium level, causing people to experience thirst.

Nervousness or irritability

A slow thyroid can cause nerves to be out of whack so that you may feel nervous or irritable from time to time.

Conclusion on Warning Signs of Thyroid Issues

When you see any of these signs, it could indicate something wrong with your thyroid. If you suspect that something is wrong with your thyroid, contact a thyroid specialist for an early checkup.

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