7 signs you could have an underactive thyroid

Thyroid Health

Could you be suffering from a thyroid disorder without knowing it? Read our blog to see the common signs and symptoms.


Helen Marsden

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Thyroid disorders are among the most common medical conditions, with an estimated 1 in 20 people affected by a thyroid disorder. However because there can be a range of symptoms, many of which appear gradually, the condition is often mistaken for others such as menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome. Here are 7 signs you could have an underactive thyroid.

We’re not talking about wanting a nap in the afternoon tired, we’re talking exhausted, with no energy to do the things you used to love to do. If you’re so tired you can barely drag yourself out of bed, then you could be missing some thyroid hormones.

When your metabolism is running on “slow” it makes it extremely difficult to maintain a healthy weight. If you’re gaining weight for no apparent reason, and can’t lose it no matter how hard you try, then you could be suffering from an underactive thyroid.

A lack of thyroid hormones turns down your inner thermostat leaving you feeling constantly cold, especially your hands and feet. If you’re in a sweater when everyone else is in a T shirt, then this could be a sign you have a thyroid problem.

We all have times when we don’t think as clearly as we could, but for thyroid sufferers an inability to concentrate can be an ongoing debilitating side-effect. If you struggle to focus for much of the time, then you could be suffering from a thyroid disorder.

An underactive thyroid can cause your hair to become dull, dry and brittle. Worse still, it can cause it to fall out. An underactive thyroid is one of the most common causes for hair loss in women. So if your hair is noticeably thinner, it might be time to get your thyroid checked out.

For women who have an untreated thyroid disorder, getting pregnant can be difficult. Sadly, your chances of miscarriage are also greater. Thyroid replacement therapy can dramatically improve your chances of a successful pregnancy. So if you’re worried about why you’re not conceiving, get your thyroid tested.

Depression can be a big issue for thyroid sufferers which sometimes makes it difficult to get the right diagnosis. If you feel low, tearful and find it difficult to enjoy the things you used to, then your thyroid might be to blame.

  1. You feel tired all the time.
  2. You can’t lose weight.
  3. You’re constantly cold.
  4. You’ve got brain fog.
  5. You’ve lost your crowning glory.
  6. Fertility problems.
  7. Feeling low.

If you think you may be suffering from a thyroid condition, get tested today with one of our thyroid checks.

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