Identifying hypothyroidism and its causes is a complicated matter. Many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are vague and consistent with other conditions. Doctors often overlook a thyroid problem because they rely on few traditional tests and overlook other clues. The most sensitive way to spot this type of problem is to listen to your body.
Here are some obvious signs of fatigue related to thyroid function:
1 A lethargic state
Tiredness and lack of energy are typical signs of a thyroid dysfunction. A link has also been established between this disease and depression. If you suffer from depression, have your doctor check your thyroid hormone levels. It is important to emphasize that fatigue and lack of energy are not always due to thyroid dysfunction. Fatigue related to a thyroid problem begins to show itself when your energy levels are quickly depleted, especially when compared to your usual physical condition or ability. If your thyroid is low, you will find it difficult to maintain normal energy levels. You will find that you don’t have the same energy as you used to.
2 Intense and persistent fatigue
You feel like you don’t have enough energy to move and you don’t exercise regularly. You feel tired or light-headed, especially in the afternoon. Your head is a very accurate indicator of thyroid function. You fall asleep as soon as you sit down when you are not busy.
3 weight gain
Another sign is rapid weight gain or difficulty losing weight, despite an intense exercise program and when you watch your diet.
4 Rough, scaly skin and/or dry hair
If your skin is consistently dry and moisturizing creams and lotions aren’t helping, hypothyroidism could be the culprit.
5 hair loss
Women in particular need to worry about their thyroid when they experience unexplained hair loss. Fortunately, if your hair loss is due to a malfunction in your thyroid, it will grow back quickly if you treat your thyroid properly.
6 sensitivity to cold
Being cold all the time is also a sign of a slowed down thyroid. People with hypothyroidism find it difficult to warm themselves up in the sauna and do not sweat when engaging in moderate physical activity.
7 Low basal body temperature
A low basal body temperature averaging less than 36.4°C for at least three days is also a telltale sign of hypothyroidism.
Any of these symptoms can indicate an underactive thyroid. The more of the above symptoms you have, the more likely it is that you have hypothyroidism.
Hereditary factors of hypothyroidism
Also, if a member of your family has any of the following conditions or signs, your risk of developing thyroid problems is higher:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Gray hair at a young age
Autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sarcoidosis, Sjogren’s syndrome)
Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
High or low thyroid function
The more attentive you are to your own symptoms and risk factors, and the more complete the picture you present to your doctor, the more likely you are to receive the right treatment.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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