Maybe you're feeling tired and having trouble concentrating — or perhaps you've noticed changes in your hair or weight. But these symptoms can be signs of a sluggish thyroid.
· Fatigue. You may feel unusually tired and have less energy.
· Cold intolerance. You may feel chilly even when others around you are comfortable.
· Appetite loss, weight gain. When metabolism is dragging, you need fewer calories so your appetite may decrease — at the same time, you are using fewer of the calories you do eat, so more are stored as fat.
· Cardiovascular effects. Low levels of thyroid hormone can lead to high blood pressure as well as elevated levels of total and LDL cholesterol. Over time, an underactive thyroid can compromise the ability of the heart to pump blood effectively.
· Mental effects. Hypothyroidism and depression share many of the same symptoms, including trouble concentrating, memory problems, and loss of interest in things that are normally important to you.
· Other signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism can cause symptoms throughout the body, from constipation to muscle aches and pain around the joints. Skin, hair, and nails may become dry and thin.
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor. She or he will examine you for signs of hypothyroidism, and may recommend blood tests to check thyroid function.
He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured. Ethiopian Proverb.