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Symptoms which can tell you that you have thyroid
Thyroid disease is on the rise nowadays, as about 200 million people in the world have some or the other form of thyroid disease. And sadly an alarming number of women–young women experience thyroid related problems today. One in eight women is said to develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.

The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the center of your neck, is the master gland of metabolism. How well your thyroid is functioning is inter-related with every system in your body. If your thyroid is not running optimally, then neither are you.

The worst part of the disease is that you don't come to know that you are suffering from thyroid, until and unless you go to a physician. Any harm to this gland can affect a person in multiple ways. Undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, infertility and a host of other symptoms and health problems.

So, the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms, and getting a proper diagnosis and treatment is very important. You don't need to have all of these symptoms in order to have a thyroid problem, but here are few of them:

  • Muscle and joint pain: Pain is a common but often overlooked symptom of thyroid issues. People with hypothyroidism may experience aches and pains in muscles and joints, especially the arms and legs.

  • Neck discomfort: A feeling of swelling in the neck, a visibly enlarged neck, difficulty swallowing, rough voice can all be signs of thyroid disease.

  • Hair loss and skin changes: Hair and skin are particularly vulnerable to thyroid conditions, and in particular, hair loss is frequently associated with thyroid problems.

  • Constipation, Diarrhea and Irritable Bowel: Constipation that does not respond to treatment and remedies, can be associated with hypothyroidism. Diarrhea, loose stools, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are frequently associated with hyperthyroidism.

  • Menstrual irregularities and fertility problems: This symptom is particularly associated with women. Heavier, more frequent and more painful periods are frequently associated with hypothyroidism. While women with hyperthyroidism often experience shorter, lighter or infrequent menstruation.

  • High cholesterol, unresponsive to cholesterol medication: High cholesterol levels, especially when they are not responsive to diet, exercise or cholesterol-lowering medications, can be a sign of undiagnosed hypothyroidism.

  • Depression and anxiety: Depression or anxiety - including the sudden onset of a panic disorder - can be symptoms of thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism is most typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly associated with anxiety.

  • Unexpected weight change: Unexplained weight changes and issues can be signs of both hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

  • Fatigue, exhaustion: Feeling exhausted when you wake up, even after a 8 to 10 hours of sleep. You may also have night time insomnia that leaves you exhausted during the day.

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