Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

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Nearly one in ten Americans suffer from a thyroid problem and many of them don't even know it. Your thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ that is found near the base of your neck. It's responsible for producing the hormones that control your rate of metabolism. Whether it is hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, you can suffer from different consequences if you don't seek treatment when you begin to notice symptoms of thyroid problems.

What are the symptoms of thyroid problems? Because the thyroid is such an important gland, it's effects are far reaching and the symptoms are numerous indeed.

There are many symptoms of thyroid problems, but these are a few of the most common. You might experience muscle or joint aches and pains. You may experience a stiff neck or other neck discomfort. The discomfort may be accompanied with a slight swelling of the neck. You might experience skin or hair changes that results in pale tone of the skin or dry and brittle hair. You might experience constipation on a regular basis or experience loose bowels and diarrhea on a regular basis. You may also experience fertility problems or irregular menstrual problems.

Other symptoms of thyroid problems are that you might experience extreme fatigue or become tired easily. You may experience depression or anxiety. The anxiety may be accompanied with panic attacks. You may experience unusual weight changes, either an increase or a decrease in your normal weight that can't be explained. You may find it difficult to lose weight.

If you experience any of these symptoms of thyroid problems, particularly if they are in tandem with other symptoms that may be related, you should visit with your doctor to talk about the possibility of a thyroid problem.