7 signs that indicate you may have thyroid issues

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DENVER — January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and researchers with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists say the disease is the leading endocrine disorder in the U.S.

But here’s the issue: Only about half of people with a thyroid disease have been accurately diagnosed.

Dr. Betul Hatipoglu, an Endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic, said this is partly because the symptoms can be vague.

“Thyroid is a very interesting hormone because it’s not like your heart, where you’ll have a chest pain in one area and say, ‘Maybe I should get checked for a heart disease,'” Hatipoglu said. “Indicators of thyroid issues take placeĀ all over your body.”

A blood test or even an ultrasound can pinpoint a thyroid problem, but the symptoms you’re experiencing may already be telling you a lot about what’s going on.

Hypothyroidism is one thing to look for, and it occurs if your thyroid is not producing enough hormones. And the following are all possible symptoms of the condition:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Weight gain
  3. Hair loss
  4. Feeling cold
  5. Hot flashes
  6. Heart palpitations
  7. Nervousness

Nervousness may seem like a strange symptom, but it can be produced by a thyroid producing too much hormone.

If you experience any of these symptoms for more than a few days talk to your doctor, who will likely prescribe medication to treat your symptoms.