15 Signs You Are Having Thyroid Problems (#9 is Really Surprising!)

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4. You are Depressed or Anxious

If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or if you have frequent panic attacks and you have not responded to typical medications or other types of herbal treatments, this is a good indication that you have a thyroid problem.

Depression can be due to hypothyroidism, while many doctors find that those suffering from panic attacks or high levels of anxiety are often caused by hyperthyroidism.

When the thyroid function fails to produce enough serotonin in the brain, they can have feelings of depression as well as panic attacks or feelings of intense anxiety. Although these feelings alone are not enough to indicate a malfunctioning thyroid, you should still discuss this with your doctor when all other methods have failed.

 

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5. You Have Muscle or Joint Pain

An underactive thyroid can cause muscle weakness and pain, cramping and stiffness. It can be a contributing factor to tendonitis, carpal tunnel, joint pain, and tarsal tunnel syndrome. All of the above can be due to hypothyroidism.

However, if you are experiencing feelings of fatigue and muscle weakness, so much so that you find it difficult to climb stairs, keep your arms over your head for more than a few seconds, or hold anything in your and for very long, you might have a problem with hyperthyroidism.

 

6.  You Are Gaining or Losing Weight

Anytime you begin to lose or gain weight and you cannot find a reason for this, and if you have tried strict diets and rigorous exercise programs but still gain weight, you could be a thyroid problem. In fact, this is the number one reason women in particular see their doctor about their thyroid is their inability to lose weight.

However, losing weight can also be a sign of a malfunctioning thyroid. When your thyroid produces more hormones than the body needs, you can lose your appetite, and even if you try to eat more, you can still lose weight. Although most people wouldn’t think of this as a problem, you can become too thin and even malnourished.

Any unexplained weight change should be checked out by a doctor to rule out thyroid dysfunction or any other serious health problem.

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