The thyroid, a gland at the base of the neck, is surprisingly more important to your health and wellbeing than you might think. When people suffer from conditions that originate in their thyroids, they don’t necessarily feel pain or discomfort in the neck like you might think. The thyroid is responsible for protein synthesis and impacts the metabolic rate in the body, so conditions that impact your thyroid may not manifest in neck-related symptoms at all.
Anxiety and Depression
Schedule a high resolution ultrasound of the thyroid if you’re suffering from anxiety and/or depression, especially if you’ve never suffered these symptoms before, it’s been a long time since you’ve suffered them, or the symptoms are worsening. Anxiety and depression have a number of potential causes, including stress and a chemical imbalance in the brain, but fluctuating hormones levels in the thyroid can also be the cause.
If activities that didn’t previously wind you are becoming too much for you, you may be suffering from fatigue. Fatigue causes listlessness and a feeling of tiredness, even if you slept enough (or it may be paired with insomnia and then worsened because you haven’t slept enough). When the thyroid’s hormones are out of whack, the result may be fatigue. Pay close attention especially if you can’t pinpoint one of the more common causes of fatigue, such as a hectic schedule, stress, or lack of sleep.
Weight gain is another symptom of thyroid problems, as your body’s metabolism could slow down prematurely due to a drop in thyroid hormone production. If you haven’t eaten more or exercised much less than usual but notice a definite gain in weight, thyroid issues may not be the only potential problem, especially if you’re hitting your late twenties or older, but it may be one of the most likely reasons.
Hair loss is another symptom of thyroid issues, although it’s not necessarily related. If your hair is following out in random patches instead of along hair lines, particularly if you’re a man, it may be related to the lack of hormone regulation.
If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, see a doctor and ask for a referral to a third party ultrasound provider to get your scan as quickly as possible. The symptoms associated with thyroid conditions can actually be symptomatic of a number of issues, so it’s best to at least rule the thyroid out early on, if not pinpoint the thyroid as the cause, so you can move forward with your treatment.