5 Signs There’s Something Wrong With Your Thyroid Gland
More often than not, when there’s something wrong with us or when we sense that our bodies are just not 100 percent right, we shrug it off and chalk it up to old age or allergies.
While this might be the case a majority of the time, seemingly small things that only bother us now might end up actually being something way bigger.
This is the main reason why it’s absolutely vital that we pay attention to what our bodies are telling us. Especially when it comes to the thyroid gland, as it helps maintain our metabolism, body temperature and heartbeat.
Here are five signs of a malfunctioning thyroid gland and what to expect:
Sign #1 – Feelings of sadness or depression
The Mayo Clinic says that thyroid activity heavily influences mood. Too much thyroid activity and you’ll start feeling anxious, restless and irritable. Too little thyroid activity and you’ll start feeling uncharacteristically sad or depressed.
Sign #2 – Constipation
Haven’t been able to poop for a while and can’t seem to shake the problem? Your thyroid gland’s hormone production may have been thrown off, resulting in a halt of digestive functions. Dr. Robin Miller says that constipation “is one of the top three most common symptoms of hypothyroidism.”
Sign #3 – Oversleeping
Dr. Robin Miller also says that if you’re having a hell of a time getting out of body in the morning, more so than is normal, then you might want to get your thyroid checked. An inhibited thyroid can halt many bodily functions to a crawl, causing you to feel fatigued and sleepy throughout the day.
Sign #4 – Hair Loss & Poor Skin
Notice your skin seems a little different in texture? You’re a bit more itchy and dry than normal? This could be due to a slowed metabolism, which decreases sweat functionality. Your hair and nails will start to feel frail as well; decreased levels of thyroid hormone disrupts the hair growth cycle. So, if you’re losing hair (even on your eyebrows) and can’t seem to figure out why, see a doctor.
Sign #5 – Rapid Weight Gain
Weight is obviously attributed to a variety of different factors and cannot be entirely blamed on the thyroid, rapid and uncharacteristic weight gain during unchanged physical and dietary habits might be reason enough to get your thyroid checked out. Dr. Miller says it’s one of the main reasons people show up in her office: “They’ll tell me that they aren’t eating more than usual, but they’re gaining weight. They are exercising, but they are getting nowhere. They can’t lose it.”