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Video:Symptoms of Thyroid Disease

with Dr. Mary Ann Block

The thyroid is the master gland of metabolism, which is why it's important to have a functioning one. In this health video from About.com, discover the major symptoms of thyroid disease.See Transcript

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Transcript:Symptoms of Thyroid Disease

Hi, I'm Dr. Mary Ann Block, Physician, Author and Medical Director of The Block Center in Dallas/Fort Worth here for About.com. Today, I'll explain symptoms that would indicate problems with the thyroid.

What Causes Thyroid Disease?

The thyroid is the master glad of metabolism. If it's not functioning well, it can affect different parts of your health and well-being. There are many different signs and symptoms that could indicate a problem with the thyroid, but here are some of the most common ones:

Symptom #1: Feeling Tired

Feeling tired for no apparent reason. For example, waking up exhausted, or being unable to go through the day without taking a nap. If you constantly feel sluggish and run down, and have a very low-energy level: it could be a symptom of a problem with the thyroid.

Sympton #2: Changes in Weight

Secondly, changes in your weight. Failing to lose or gain weight despite diet changes, or unexplainable excessive weight changes, could be symptoms of a thyroid problem.

Symptom #3: Swelling or Discomfort in the Neck

A feeling of swelling or discomfort in the neck. The thyroid is normally fairly flat, but when there are problems, it can enlarge, give discomfort when you wear neckties or turtlenecks, and even cause a hoarse voice.

Symptom #4: Depression, Anxiety, or Difficulty Concentrating

Another common sign is feeling depressed or having sudden anxiety or panic attacks, especially if you don't respond well to antidepressants.

Having difficutly concentrating, and constantly being in a ‘brain fog' can be a symptom of thyroid disease as well.

Symptom #5: Changes in Hair or Skin

Also, changes in your hair or skin can indicate a problem with the thyroid. If you have sudden hair loss or brittle hair, for example, and coarse, dry or scaly skin.

Symptom #6: Unusual Cholesterol Levels

Unusually high or low levels of cholesterol can be another indicator, especially if it's not responsive to diet, exercise or medication.

Symptoms of a Thyroid Problem Specific to Women

And for women, symptoms of a problem with the thyroid can be: changes in menstrual periods, having increased or decreased menstrual flow, and having trouble getting pregnant or having repeated miscarriages.

Family History of a Thyroid Disorder

And finally, family history. If you have a family history of thyroid problems or diseases, you are more likely to have problems yourself.

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