Why am I so Tired? It could be your thyroid.
Hypothyroid is a condition in which your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, causing fatigue, constipation and other symptoms. Your thyroid can become sluggish at any time in your life, particularly in women around hormonal shifts such as those during pregnancy and menopause. A simple blood test can give you some insight into whether it’s your thyroid. If your thyroid test is lab normal, also ask your doctor for an autoimmune thyroid disease test, or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
According to MayoClinic.com, here are some of the common symptoms of an under active thyroid:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Pale, dry skin
- A puffy face
- Hoarse voice
- An elevated blood cholesterol level
- Unexplained weight gain
- Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
- Muscle weakness
- Heavier than normal menstrual periods
- Brittle fingernails and hair
Thyroid problems can also be detected through a swollen lump in the front of the neck, or difficulty swallowing. If you suspect a problem with your thyroid, see your doctor for testing.