10 Signs You Need to Have Your Thyroid Checked
About 1 in 8 women will experience a problem with their thyroid in their lifetime. Your thyroid is a small gland in your neck that produces thyroid hormones, which are responsible for regulating your metabolism, heartbeat, temperature, and mood. Here are 10 signs that you need to have your thyroid checked by your doctor.
1. You are experiencing fatigue
Fatigue is a nearly-universal sign of hypothyroidism. If you are feeling continuously tired and sluggish, it is time to check your thyroid levels.
2. Your appetite has changed
Thyroid dysfunction can greatly affect your appetite. If you notice a sudden increase or decrease in appetite, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
3. Your brain feels fuzzy
Thyroid hormones regulate the metabolism of every organ in your body, including your brain. If you are having difficulty concentrating or are feeling forgetful, you may be suffering from hypothyroid brain fog.
4. Your hair is thinning
Hair loss is another sign of an overactive thyroid or an underactive thyroid. Symptoms can manifest as thinning hair or bald patches. Thankfully, thyroid related hair loss is temporary. It can be reversed after your thyroid hormone levels are normalized.
5. You are noticing heart palpitations
Excess thyroid hormone can cause your heart to beat harder and faster. This can also lead to feelings of palpitations.
6. Your skin is dry and flaky
An underactive thyroid gland can lead to a decrease in eccrine gland secretion, which hydrates your skin. Over time, this can cause your skin to become dry and flaky.
7. You are constipated
Hypothyroidism can slow down many of your bodily functions, including your bowel movements. Consult with your doctor if you are plagued with chronic constipation.
8. You always feel cold
When your metabolism slows down, your core body temperature can drop. This leads people with low levels of thyroid hormones to feel continuously cold.
9. You’ve gained weight
When your thyroid makes less hormones, your metabolism slows down. This can lead to weight gain and excess weight around your stomach area.
10. You have muscle weakness
Hypothyroidism can cause muscle weakness or loss of muscle control. If you are noticing any painful or troubling symptoms in your limbs, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
If you have a thyroid deficiency, your doctor may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to mimic natural thyroid hormone. At Central Drugs, we can create different strengths of Bioidentical T4, T3, and combination T4/T3 that is specialized and individualized to your needs. Please give us a call at (877) 447-7077 if you have any questions.