There are a lot of reasons why you could be feeling less than 100% today. You may just be lacking a good night’s sleep. But when that sluggish feeling doesn’t go away, it could be a sign of an underlying problem – hyporthyroidism. An article on this is published on WebMD.
In the US, 20 million people suffer from some kind of thyroid disease. Women are five to eight times more likely to have a thyroid problem than men. 60% of those with a thyroid problem go undiagnosed.
“Women especially have such busy lives and often think it's normal to be tired all the time. It's hard for them to know when it's a real problem,” said Dr. Nancy Simpkins, an internist.
What’s a thyroid and what does it do? Your thyroid is found in the middle of your lower neck. It’s a small gland that produces hormones necessary for the proper functioning of your body. “It controls all of your bodily functions by sending messages to every organ in the body,” said Simpkin. “If your thyroid isn't functioning well, it can throw your whole system off.”
What’s hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones. The opposite of this is hyperthyroidism where the thyroid gland produces too much, explained Dr. Melanie Goldfarb, an endocrine surgeon. “Hypothyroidism is by far the most common,” she said.
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism? How do you treat it? Symptoms include feeling sluggish, weight gain, chronic constipation and hair loss. “Most patients say they just feel sluggish or as if they're walking around in a trance,” said Simpkins. “People with underactive thyroid often can't seem to get moving -- and it can feel a lot like depression.”
What do I do if I feel like I have it? As always, talk to a health care professional. At the checkup, your doctor would touch your neck to check for abnormalities. A thyroid disease would change the shape of the gland. Explain to the doctor all the symptoms that you feel. Together, you and your doctor will decide if you should take a thyroid test.