Although it’s very important for the correct functioning of our body, most people don’t know just how crucial the thyroid is for their health.
This small butterfly shaped gland located in the neck area is responsible for the production of hormones, and also controls important organs such as our heart, brain, liver, and kidneys.
Whenever our thyroid stops functioning the way it normally does, it either overworks, causing a condition called hyperthyroidism, or under works, causing a condition called hypothyroidism.
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Both conditions have very distinct symptoms, but some of them overlap.
Here are some of the main signs that your thyroid maybe functioning incorrectly:
Discomfort in the throat or neck
A very common symptom that people with thyroid issues experience is a feeling of discomfort in the neck, the region where our thyroid is located.
Apart from the pain or discomfort, you may also notice a small lump.
If you notice that you’re feeling tired or sleepy even after a good nights sleep, or that you are sleeping more than usual, this might mean that you have a problem with your thyroid.
When your thyroid produces either too much or too little of any metabolism controlling hormone, you may experience mood changes.
Depending on the situation, some might feel more agitated, anxious, or irritated, while others feel sad or depressed.
If you normally have a hard time digesting your food or struggle from constipation, your thyroid might be the one to blame.
If your body is having a hard time regulating your energy production, you might start sweating at apparently random moments.
You may also feel extremely warm even when the temperature is cool.
Furthermore, an unbalanced thyroid may also leave your skin feeling drier than normal.
Whenever your thyroid isn’t functioning well, you may experience problems with gaining or losing weight.
So it’s important to pay attention to any changes in your appetite and weight. If you have an inactive thyroid, you’ll probably end up gaining weight.
When your thyroid is unregulated, your body may think that it needs to redirect its energies to the essential bodily functions, disregarding the “nonessential ones.”
People with thyroid problems experience hair loss, or even baldness.
If you find yourself constantly having a hard time concentrating, or can’t seem to remember anything, this might be a sign that your thyroid is acting up.
High blood pressure If you can feel your heartbeat in your neck or in your wrist, or your blood pressure is higher than normal, your thyroid probably isn’t doing what it should be doing.