Are you noticing changes in your sleep lately? Or are you gaining or losing weight remarkably? If you can relate yourself with these, then there may be something wrong with your thyroid gland. This changes may be accompanied by symptoms that are unusual and unique for you. Sometimes it happens that people overlook the warning signs send by the body as they may be not very strong to convince a person that he/she might be suffering from thyroid. Also, due to lack of awareness people are not able to relate the symptoms with thyroid. Here in this blog, we shall focus on the part that if you are facing any health issue, then you might need to get your thyroid checked:
A quick glance on the thyroid disorder:
Let us first know what actually is Thyroid – Thyroid disease is a very common problem that can be caused either due to under or over function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a vital butterfly-shaped organ located in the front of the neck below Adam’s apple which is responsible for producing the thyroid hormones. These hormones maintain the metabolism of our body and when there is any imbalance in the levels of thyroid hormones it leads to thyroid disorders. The thyroid disorders stick around 0.8 to 5% people and women are 4-7 times more vulnerable than men. Thyroid diseases are of many types; however, there are two major conditions – hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism include:
● Changes in the eye
● Weakened muscles
● Profuse sweating and heat intolerance
● Rapid and forceful heartbeat
● Anxiety, restlessness and sleeplessness
● Weight loss even when the appetite is increased
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism include:
● Muscles get weaker
● Constant fatigue
● Sensitivity to cold
● Poor memory slowed the mental process
● Thick puffy skin and/or dry skin
● Weak and slow heart beat
However, symptoms differ from person to person and it is not necessary to have all the symptoms stated above. Many people may have these symptoms but do not have thyroid disease. Therefore, it is always recommended to consult your doctor if you suspect thyroid illness.
Thyroid may be a cause of many health problems
Most of the thyroid disorders are curable, however, if left untreated then can seriously affect the other parts of the body. Also, many people suffer the symptoms but due to lack of awareness they are not able to relate it with the thyroid disorder. As a result, it delays the treatment and leads to serious complications. Here are certain symptoms that you must take a notice of that might be pointing towards thyroid:
In case of hyperthyroidism:
● Fever, fast heart rate and delirium. This condition requires an urgent medical help.
● Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
● Eye problems including bulging eyes, double or blurred vision or even loss of vision
● Heart problems such as rapid heart rate or problems with the rhythm of the heart. These issues can usually be treated
● Red and swollen skin mainly at shins and on feet.
In case of hypothyroidism:
● Cold intolerance, drowsiness and lethargy leading to unconsciousness. This requires an urgent medical help.
● Problem in swallowing and breathing due to enlarged goiter
● Some congenital disabilities
● Increased cholesterol levels and related heart diseases
● Mental issues such as depression
● Premature delivery or miscarriage
● Numbness and pain in your legs and arms or other areas
All these symptoms may or may not be related to thyroid, but if you have one or more of these symptoms then there are pretty good chances that the underlying cause could be thyroid. Therefore, it is very important to keep a general awareness so that you can report the symptoms to the ENT specialist to confirm the condition and get timely treatment.
Beware and fight thyroid!