These Hidden Signs May Mean You’re Battling a Thyroid Disorder

Living with a thyroid disorder can lead to weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, and other problems you — and others — can see clearly. Unfortunately, many cases go undiagnosed because of silent symptoms that aren’t easy to detect. Here are the symptoms to watch out for.

Sudden anxiety

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Having constant jitters may hint to a thyroid problem. | iStock.com/SIphotography

Have you felt worried or on edge lately? This can happen if you’re nervous or excited about an upcoming event. When there doesn’t seem to be an obvious trigger, though, it could be your body’s reaction to something physical, not psychological.

It’s not uncommon to experience feelings of anxiety if you have an overactive thyroid. Hyperthyroidism can sometimes make you feel jittery and speed up your heart rate even if you’ve never dealt with anxiety-related symptoms before.

Low sex drive

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Have you lost the urge to get it on? | Puhhha/iStock/Getty Images

The fatigue and mood changes that often accompany thyroid problems can also kill your sex drive. When your body produces too much or not enough thyroid hormone, everything from your metabolism to your emotional well-being suffers.

Did you know your everyday habits could also negatively affect your sex life? If you overeat, take antidepressants, or exercise too much, your thyroid gland isn’t completely to blame.

Increased energy levels

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A sudden burst of energy can signal an overactive thyroid. | iStock.com/g-stockstudio

If you suddenly feel like you have more energy than you know what to do with — and you don’t know why — your body might be producing too much thyroid hormone, resulting in hyperthyroidism.

A hyperactive thyroid can make you feel like you’ve had too much caffeine. Your heart rate might speed up, making you feel jittery and alert. An overactive metabolism is often the reason people with this thyroid disease often lose weight despite increased hunger.

Hunger without weight gain

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You may have an overactive thyroid if you can overindulge and not pay for it later. | iStock.com/nitrub

Your thyroid gland is responsible for regulating many of your body’s normal processes, like your temperature and how you burn calories.

Malfunctions in these processes, resulting from an overactive thyroid, can cause increased hunger but an inability to gain weight. This might seem like a miracle for those trying to lose weight, but it can actually cause heart problems and other devastating health conditions.

Brain fog

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Having trouble concentrating can signal a thyroid issue. | iStock.com/DeanDrobot

In addition to symptoms like anxiety or depression, thyroid issues can also cause brain fog. You might have trouble concentrating or find it difficult to remember things. If you’re usually alert and don’t have trouble recalling basic information, this sudden change could have something to do with your thyroid.

Thyroid-related brain fog could occur for a number of reasons. It might happen as a result of sleep problems, excessive carbohydrate intake, or nutritional deficiencies.

Waking up exhausted

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Waking up sleepy after a full night’s rest is not a good sign. | iStock.com/AntonioGuillem

It’s normal to feel fatigued on a dreary Monday morning or after a terrible night’s sleep. Some people experience fatigue so severe that they wake up feeling exhausted after hours of sleep, and struggle to get through the day without an afternoon nap.

Extreme fatigue accompanies a number of thyroid conditions. If you can’t seem to stop feeling tired no matter how much you rest, your thyroid might be trying to tell you something.

Constipation

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You can suffer from constipation for many different reasons. | iStock.com/vadimguzhva

An under-active thyroid slows down many of your body’s normal processes — everything from metabolism to digestion. This condition can weaken the muscles that line your small and large intestines, making it harder for your body to eliminate waste.

Constipation can develop as a result of many issues, including dehydration. You might want to get your thyroid checked if you experience constipation along with other symptoms on this list.

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