When you have a problem with your glands, you will know all about it, because all of your bodily functions hinge on them working correctly. Thyroid problems can impact on every aspect of your life, so it’s important to take note of some of the symptoms.

 

1. Anxiety

This is a classic symptom of hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid produces too much of its hormones. These increased levels can overwhelm your system, throwing it and your metabolism out of balance, and leaving you feeling stressed.

 

2. Exhaustion

This is primarily associated with hypothyroidism, whereby the thyroid is not producing enough of its hormones. When your body is deprived of its required level of hormones, it can leave you feeling constantly exhausted – even after a good night’s sleep.

 

3. Irregular bowel movements

This is a very common symptom of both hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Where too little of the hormones are produced, you can be left constipated; where the hormone level is too high, you may experience episodes of diarrhoea.

 

4. Low mood

Altered hormone levels can have a major impact upon the serotonin, or ‘happy hormone’, in your brain. This can leave you feeling depressed, experiencing low mood swings.

 

5. Loss of libido

It falls, naturally, that feeling constantly exhausted and sad, or stressed, would leave you in no mood for bedroom antics. Many people who suffer with thyroid problems suffer from a low libido as a result.

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