1. Symptoms That Indicate a Problem
Symptoms associated with thyroid disease are often caused by low hormone levels, also referred to as hypothyroid, which include weight gain or inability to lose weight, sensitivity to cold, weakness or fatigue, depression, pallor, constipation, poor memory, dry skin and hair and brittle nails. Signs of the less common condition overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) include unintended weight loss, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, anxiety or irritability, trembling, insomnia, feeling hot or sweating more than usual and muscle weakness. Other potential thyroid symptoms include pain at the base of the neck or throat and swelling or a lump under the Adam’s apple area. Any pain or swelling is reason to seek medical advice right away. Keep in mind that many of these symptom groups can mimic other diseases, so it’s important to discuss the possibility of thyroid disease with your doctor. They will likely need to do some blood tests for more information.
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