Symptoms of a Thyroid Disorder

It’s a small butterfly shaped gland in the neck that weighs less than one ounce. And the importance of this gland should not be overlooked.


Thyroid hormones can impact your metabolism, breathing, body temperature, cardiovascular and nervous system function, brain development, weight, cholesterol levels, menstrual cycles, and skin. Thyroid hormones in fact, can effect every cell in your body. Too little or too much thyroid hormone can be problematic. Let’s take a look at some common symptoms that can occur with thyroid disorders.


Hypothyroidism Hyperthyroidism
Fatigue Fatigue or Muscle Weakness
Weight Gain Nervousness or Irritability
Dry Skin Rapid Heart Rate
Intolerance to Cold Difficulty Sleeping
Coarse Hair or Hair Loss Hand Tremors
Hoarseness Irregular Heart Rhythms
Goiter Unintentional Weight Loss
Constipation Loose Stools, More Frequent Bowel
Memory Issues (Brain Fog) Mood Swings
Decreased Concentration May have Goiter, or enlarged Thyroid Gland
Depression Sweating
Irregular or Heavy Menstrual Cycles Difficulty Concentrating
Muscle and Joint Pain
High Cholesterol
Slow Heart rate
Puffy Face
Decreased Sweating
May have Goiter, or enlarged Thyroid Gland


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