Many are aware of common thyroid-related symptoms such as fatigue, fluctuations in weight, or changes in cognitive ability. However, these are only a fraction of the total number of symptoms associated with thyroid dysfunction.
The thyroid is involved in nearly every bodily process meaning that symptoms are widespread and extensive.
How the Thyroid Affects the Entire Body
The thyroid is the primary control mechanism for our metabolism and impacts the metabolic function of every cell in the body. Because of its intense integration throughout the body, the thyroid has powerful influence over nearly every aspect of health and bodily function.
Recognizing and understanding the widespread impact of thyroid disease can help you better identify thyroid conditions and get the help and treatment you need.
The World Health Organization estimates that 750 million people are affected by thyroid dysfunction! It is further posited that of this group, roughly 50 percent are unaware of their condition. Part of the problem may be that people are not familiar with the multitude of symptoms associated with thyroid disease.
The following section is a comprehensive list of the numerous systems impacted by thyroid dysfunction and the symptoms associated with them.
Comprehensive List of Thyroid Symptoms
Be aware that thyroid dysfunction presents itself in ways that are often unique to the individual. You may only experience symptoms associated with specific functions and systems or have more diverse issues impacting multiple areas of the body.
Being cognitive of the many symptoms of thyroid disease can help you identify a condition and allow you to seek out proper assistance. So we’ve created a downloadable comprehensive checklist of thyroid symptoms that can be easily printed, filled out, and presented to your physician. This allows you to show your doctor what symptoms you’re experiencing without having to recall them from memory!
To learn even more about thyroid disease, read our Thyroid 101.