Are you unexpectedly feeling extremely tired or weak lately?
You should get your thyroid levels checked as it might be the cause of your lethargy and fatigue.
The Thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland that is found at the base of our neck is among the most essential organs in our body. It produces hormones that impact the functioning of other organs. While an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) can make you feel fatigued and low on energy, an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism results in irritability, insomnia, and restlessness.
It is important that one knows the signs and symptoms of thyroid conditions and accordingly have their thyroid checked for ongoing or potential problems.
Here are some signs and symptoms of thyroid disease
Sudden unexpected Weight Change
While weight gain is indicative of an underactive thyroid, unforeseen weight gain indicates hyperthyroidism.
Sadness and Depression
Feeling sad and blue, without any reason is indicative of potential thyroid issues. Both an underactive and an overactive thyroid result in feelings of despair, with no underlying cause and is a reason that calls for testing.
Feeling Fatigued and Low on Energy
An underactive thyroid can make it difficult for you to fall asleep at night, thus leading to fatigue, whereas an overactive thyroid can deplete your body from all of its energy. Additionally, with both these conditions a person will likely experience extreme muscle weakness and fatigue, which can cause the body to feel worn out even in the absence of other heavy activity.
The Limbs and Extremities feel too cold or hot
When a person suffers from thyroid issues, their body begins to feel to feel too warm or cold. People with an overactive thyroid are more prone to feeling cold all the time, irrespective of ambient temperature and climate. With people experiencing hypothyroidism, they feel warm, or clammy all the time.
Some Caution and awareness go a long way in ensuring our health and wellbeing!
In addition to the signs and symptoms listed above, irregular periods, the presence on small lumps in the neck region and unexplained change in appearance are some effects of thyroid problems generally experienced by women.
Sometimes, one may not notice any symptoms but may suffer from early stage thyroid issues. Periodic bi-annual (once in two years) screenings helps in ensuring that thyroid problems are picked up at an early stage, during which it can be treated more effectively.
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