If you're not feeling like yourself lately, you may be wondering about the symptoms of a thyroid disorder.
If you are suffering from obesity or unusual weight loss, abnormal menstrual cycle or improper bowel movement, you might be affected by thyroid malfunctioning. Not only the high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) but also the low levels of this hormone cause thyroid problems that lead to impaired metabolism among other ailments.
The thyroid gland is an important endocrine gland that produces the thyroxine hormone (T4) which plays a major role in many regulatory processes. When the TSH levels are increased than normal, thyroid gland produces excess thyroxine and this condition is called hyperthyroidism.
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Thyroid problems resulting from decreased levels of TSH are called hypothyroidism. Enlargement of the neck or formation of pouch like appearance in the neck, commonly called goiter, is one of many symptoms of improper TSH levels and resulting thyroid problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Increased TSH Levels That Cause Thyroid Problems
In the case of increased TSH levels, the following symptoms indicate thyroid problems:
• Weight loss even though there may be increased appetite
• Higher blood pressure
• Palpitations, nervousness and higher heart beat
• Frequent bowel movements and diarrhea
• Muscle weakness and trembling
• Lighter and shorter menstrual periods in women
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Signs and Symptoms of Decreased TSH Levels That Cause Thyroid Problems
When the TSH levels fall below required amounts, thyroid problems come out in the following signs and symptoms:
• Tingling or numbness in the hands and increased sensitivity to cold
• Dry hair and dry skin
• Frequent constipation
• Heavier menstrual periods
• Lethargy and slow mental functioning
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In the case of thyroid problems occurring due to increased or decreased TSH and thyroid hormone levels, the only solution is to take medicines. Such medication taken for thyroid problems may have to be continued for a long time, maybe lifelong. Other kinds of thyroid problems may cause the thyroid gland to swell and be painful, leading to thyroiditis.
If you notice the aforementioned changes in your body, get yourself tested for thyroid, TSH hormone, thyroxine (T4), and triiodothyronine (T3) hormone levels and visit your doctor. You might be suffering from thyroid problems.
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