Symptoms of thyroid problems

Symptoms of thyroid problems

It is important to be aware that symptoms for thyroid disease are very varied and can easily be mistaken for other disorders hypothyroidism extreme tiredness poor tolerance of cold weight gain or loss poor appetite dry skin and hair menstrual problems hyperthyroidism weight loss feeling very hot excessive sweating menstrual problems joint pains hand tremors of the hormone thyroxine, or because the feedback mechanism that instructs the gland to produce more thyroxine fails to function properly, or because the body is not able to use the hormone correctly. Hypothyroidism can also be caused by an autoimmune condition where the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissue, in this case the thyroid gland itself. This then affects the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones, which hinders fertility and leads to a higher risk of miscarriage once a woman is pregnant. Thyroid disorders are often diagnosed with a simple blood test, and treatment usually involves straightforward medication. Your doctor will then advise you on regulating the dose while you are trying to become pregnant and once you have conceived. Complementary therapies cannot affect the actual hormone imbalance caused by the malfunctioning thyroid gland, so they should never replace conventional drugs. However, diet and lifestyle can help to manage the effects of an underactive thyroid (see Step 6). If undiagnosed or left untreated, both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism increase the risk of miscarriage, as well as affecting fertility.

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