We’re often told to cherish our health as we don’t know how long we’ll have it. This is true in some respects. After all, it is inevitable that we’ll end up getting sick at some point in the future. How we get sick and how long it will last tends to be what is up in the air most of the time. We all hope that any illness we get will be short lived and pass in relatively short order. This isn’t always the case though. Furthermore, there is always the chance of ending up experiencing a hard to track issue that has no set name. That’s what tends to terrify most of us more than anything. Thyroid issues, in particular, tend to be a frustrating manifestation of this as they can be relatively vague yet have a profound effect on our health. With that in mind, we’re going to take a quick look at some of the more common signs and symptoms so that we can help reduce all of our chances at not understanding something when it is happening to us.
The subtle nature of some symptoms of thyroid issues is ultimately what makes them so frustrating. They can end up manifesting in ways that make the issues seem like any number of countless other problems. One of the clearest manifestations of this is a simple fact that lower energy levels are a fairly common sign. The shifts in hormones caused by thyroid issues rob us of that energy we need to fully get through a day. It ends up making us less open to doing all the things that we need to in a given day. This, in turn, can make us more prone to depression over time. Admittedly, thyroid issues can also cause the exact opposite problem too. A restless energy can end up gripping you and making it difficult to sleep while your constantly racing mind makes you that much more anxious about life. It is little wonder that many people with thyroid issues are prone to be easily irritated.
Your thyroid gland’s function is to release hormones that adjust your metabolism. That’s why weight can be a telling factor when it comes to determining if you have thyroid issues. Both rapid weight gain and weight loss tend to be fairly clear signs. It is important to note here that this gain or less tends to be relatively inexplicable when compared to normal shifts in weight. If your thyroid isn’t releasing enough hormones, you’re more than likely going to be gaining a fair bit of weight rapidly. An overactive thyroid, by contrast, will likely see your body burning through your weight rapidly. Either state plays havoc with the body since many of us rest at a comfortable weight for our diet and activity level. Shifting our weight too much and too fast will simply end up causing further issues that will end up damaging our health over time. That’s why it behooves us to watch for signs like this so that we can work on balancing our health again as quickly as possible.
Another subtle, but telling sign can be a skewed perception of the temperature wherever you are at the time. Thyroid issues, since they are tied to your metabolism, can easily end up affecting how hot or cold you feel. After all, your metabolism factors into that. Difficulties in regulating the body’s temperature can lead to a myriad of issues over time. Many people with an overactive thyroid tend to report feeling hot all the time. They end up sweating regularly and doing their best to avoid any sources of excess heat to try to minimize the problem. Thyroid issues that are causing a decrease in hormone availability commonly feel colder though. This sense of cold will favor the extremities and work its way in over time. Appropriate temperature regulation is important to the body’s health. Without it, various systems in the body will begin to have issues and make life even harder on the person dealing with the thyroid issues.
The good news is that thyroid issues tend to have two very clear names most of the time: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. These conditions, as frustrating and perplexing as they can be to experience, are also treatable. We understand them enough to help restore some amount of regularity to the body and get things back under control. All one needs to do is keep in mind that a doctor will likely have to rule out other issues before realizing the thyroid might be the problem. Once the problem is identified, you should be able to rest easy.