Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ at the base of your throat. For such a small thing it can cause a host of problems, some of which may be difficult to recognize. The signs and symptoms of thyroid problems can be easily mistaken, but experts are trained to recognize the hormone imbalances that may be at the source of your discomfort.
The thyroid can malfunction in two ways: by pumping out too many hormones, or too few. The results can be felt all over the body in unusual ways. Here’s a look at Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid symptoms and how they can impact your health.
Hypothyroid is an under-functioning thyroid. This sluggish production might be caused by hormone problems that begin in the hypothalamus, or it could be the result of an autoimmune condition. Either way, the thyroid fails to produce enough of the hormones your body needs, causing your metabolism and general functioning to slow. This leads to a cascade of symptoms.
- Unexplained weight gain
- Cold hands and feet
- Dry skin
- Achy muscles
- Hair loss
- Poor memory and concentration
- Irregular, heavy menstruation and fertility problems
- Slow heart rate
This is the other side of the thyroid disease coin. Hyperthyroidism is an over-active thyroid, pumping out more hormones than your body needs. In this case, systems all over your body become over-stimulated, causing other symptoms.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Trouble getting enough sleep
- Racing heart
- Skin rashes
- Thinning hair
- Light, infrequent menstruation and fertility problems
- Heat intolerance
- Shortness of breath
As you can see, there is some overlap of symptoms between both Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. Both can lead to infertility, for instance, and hair loss. Hypothyroidism causes crushing exhaustion, but the trouble sleeping that comes with hyperthyroidism can leave people fatigued also. To complicate matters further, not everyone experiences all the symptoms. Some people even gain weight when they are experiencing hyperthyroidism.
If you’re experiencing signs or symptoms that point to thyroid problems, come see us at Apollo Medical Associates. One of our specialties is helping to correct imbalances in the complicated interplay between hormones and health. If you need support to feel like yourself again, contact the BHRT experts today!