Symptom #6: No Sexual Interest
Too little thyroid hormone equals a low libido, according to Health.com.
However, experiencing the other symptoms of thyroid issues — weight gain, body aches, hair loss — could also contribute to your lack of desire.
Symptom #7: Muscular Pain or Tightening
If we stub a toe, our toe tends to hurt. Or if we embark on a new exercise, like rowing a canoe, we may feel soreness in our arm muscles over the next few days. These kinds of pains are perfectly normal and have an explanation.
But if you feel a random and mysterious tightening or numbness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, consider that your thyroid may be the culprit.
A lack of thyroid hormone can damage the nerves that send signals from your brain to the rest of your body over time. “The result is ‘unexplained’ tingles and twinges,” according to Dr. Miller.
Symptom #8: Fluttering Heart
When we fall in love with someone, we may feel a little pitter-patter in the old ticker.
However, the flutter caused by thyroid issues is very different. It’s more pronounced; it feels like your heart is skipping a beat or two. In fact, you can maybe even feel it in the pulse points of your neck and wrist.
If this sounds like something you are experiencing, it may be heart palpitations, which may mean there are too many thyroid hormones flooding your system.
Symptom #9: Fuzzy Head
Your brain may feel a little fuzzy with age — but if this suddenly gets more intense, it could be your thyroid. Too much thyroid hormone can make it difficult to concentrate, while too little causes forgetfulness.
“When we treat patients for hypothyroidism, they are often surprised at how fast their brain fog goes away and how much sharper they feel,” says Dr.Miller. “Many women think it’s just something that comes along with menopause when it really is a sign of a thyroid problem.”
Symptom #10: High Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure and nothing seems to be resolving the issue without medication — such as a healthier diet or more exercise — you may want to get your thyroid checked.
An under-active thyroid can cause high levels of the “bad” cholesterol, which unfortunately can lead to an enlarged heart or heart failure.
Symptom #11: Increased Appetite or Changes in Tastebuds
Do things taste differently all of a sudden? An under-active thyroid can mess with your sense of taste and smell, according to Health.com.
However, if you can’t stop eating, it may be hyperthyroidism — or an overactive thyroid.
If this is the case, the “hyper” part of the disorder will balance out all the calories you take in — so despite constantly eating, you might not gain any weight. Though this might sound like every woman’s dream, it definitely causes to make an appointment with your doctor.
Symptom #12: Neck or Throat Discomfort
Your thyroid is in your neck, so physical pain in the place where it’s located makes sense. A lump in your throat, changes in your voice, or even a goiter could be a sign of a thyroid disorder.
If you feel any of these things, look at your neck in the mirror and see if you notice any swelling.
According to AACE Thyroid Awareness, you can further your investigation by doing the following: “Hold a mirror in your hand, focusing on the lower front area of your neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box. Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.
While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back. Take a drink of water and swallow. As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions in this area when you swallow. (Reminder: Don’t confuse Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to the collarbone. You may want to repeat this process several times.)
If you do see any bulges or protrusions in this area, see your physician. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule that should be checked to determine whether further evaluation is needed.”
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