It is said that there are about 59 million Americans with thyroid disease, but they don’t even know it. It might be very important for you to know about the symptoms of thyroid disease so that you would know in case something is wrong. The thyroid is the butterfly shaped gland that is the master gland of metabolism.

In case the thyroid doesn’t function right every aspect of your life could be affected, especially your weight, energy levels and depression.

Although there could be numerous thyroid disease symptoms it isn’t a must to have all of them.

Muscle and joint pains

In case you experience pain in your muscles and joints, weakness in your arms and a tendency to have carpal tunnel in your arms and tarsal tunnel in your legs, all these could be thyroid disease symptoms.

Neck enlargement

You can see that your neck is swollen or experience a discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties, a hoarse voice or an enlarged thyroid; they all point to the same problem: thyroid disease.

Changes regarding the hair or the skin

In case of thyroid diseases the hair and skin are especially vulnerable. Hair loss is one of the main symptoms of thyroid disease. In case of hypothyroidism the hair will become brittle, dry and coarse and it breaks off or falls out easily. In the same time the skin could also become thick, coarse, scaly and dry.

A thing that you should keep an eye out for is an unusual hair loss at the outer edge of the eyebrow. On the other hand, hyperthyroidism is also associated with severe hair loss and in this case the skin becomes thin and fragile, all of these being thyroid disease symptoms.

Bowel problems

Hypothyroidism is often associated with long-term or sever constipation. On the other hand diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (known as IBS) is connected with hyperthyroidism.

Menstrual irregularities or fertility problems

In case you have heavier, more painful or more frequent periods, these could be the symptoms of thyroid disease. If you happen to have shorter, infrequent or lighter periods, you could have hyperthyroidism. Also infertility could be linked to thyroid diseases.

Family history

In case there have been people in your family with thyroid problems, you are at higher risks of having them yourself as well. Nonetheless it is possible that you aren’t aware of the thyroid disease symptoms because at older people these are referred to as ‘goiter’ or ‘gland trouble’.

Cholesterol issues

In case you have high cholesterol that doesn’t respond to changes in your diet, exercise or medication, it could be one of the symptoms of thyroid disease. In some special cases the low cholesterol might indicate hyperthyroidism.

Depression and anxiety

It is a thyroid disease symptom if you have sudden onset of panic disorder, depression or anxiety. People with hypothyroidism usually have to face depression, while it is one of the symptoms of thyroid disease to have anxiety or panic attacks. Depression is also a sign in case it doesn’t respond to medication.