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Is it fatigue or could it be your thyroid?

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Aug 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-20 19:37:21-04

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front part of the neck below the voice box. The thyroid glad is vitally important for hormonal function, which influences the metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. Like any other gland in the body, the thyroid can develop disorders that range from mild to life threatening. However, catching these disorders early is key to successful treatment and recovery.

While everyone experiences fatigue or lower energy every so often, consistent fatigue could be a sign of thyroid problems?

Hypothyroidism
This occurs when the thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism can be caused by a number of conditions such as:

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: An autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the thyroid tissue. The tissue eventually stops producing thyroid hormones.
  • Pregnancy
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Pituitary disorder: Rare cause

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

    • Weak or slow heart beat
    • Unexplained weight gain
    • Fatigue and muscle weakness
    • Cold sensitivity
    • Puffy face and skin
    • Impaired memory
    • Hair loss
    • Constipation

Hypothyroidism is generally easily treated, if it is diagnosed early on. The most common treatment option for hypothyroidism is thyroid medication, which may require regular checkups with your physician to make sure your thyroid hormone levels are correct for your body.