Top 20 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
#1. You are anxious.
Anxiety is characterized by a feeling of ongoing, excessive worry or fear that interferes with day-to-day life and relationships, reducing quality of life. The typical conventional approach to anxiety is to use prescription medications like Valium or to prescribe an antidepressant. Many patients with anxiety are also referred for psychological counseling.
#2. You forget, cant concentrate and confuse.
Often called brain fog, memory loss or forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, confusion and mild memory disturbances can be caused by many things. In its most severe forms, memory loss can be totally debilitating. Memory loss can be caused by a wide variety of conditions including Alzheimer’s and other neurologic diseases. Hypothyroidism and iron deficiency are very common causes of memory loss. The typical conventional approach is to focus on severe neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer’s while working with a neurologist. Pharmaceutical agents are mildly beneficial for some of these conditions.
#3. You are constantly fatigued.
Fatigue refers to a lack of normal energy. Fatigue has many physical and psychological causes. Fatigue becomes significant when it reduces quality of life or limits what a person is able to do.The conventional approach to fatigue includes checking the patient to exclude dangerous illnesses such as cancer or heart disease. When obvious physical causes are not found antidepressants or stimulant medications are often recommended.
#4. You oftentimes complain of chronic pain.
Pain can be a very debilitating condition. Sometimes pain is unrelenting and the sufferer’s life is severely disrupted. Some people are unable to work or function normally and their lives due to chronic pain. The cause of most chronic pain is not clear but many involve chronic musculoskeletal disorders and nerve problems that are sometimes compounded by psychological issues.
#5. You are constipated.
Chronic constipation is a serious and common medical problem that can be related to nutritional or hormonal problems such as hypothyroidism. Chronic constipation can also easily be caused by medications or supplements. In particular, narcotic medications cause constipation. Iron and calcium supplements also cause constipation in many cases. Hormonal problems such as hypothyroidism may cause constipation– sometimes as a lifelong pattern. Neurological problems stemming from diabetes or autoimmune disease or other conditions may also cause constipation.