Signs of an Abnormal Thyroid

Abnormal thyroid functioning interferes with several body functions resulting in severe health problems. To detect the irregularities in your thyroid functioning, you need to look at some of the common symptoms associated with it.

Subhasish Dutta
ThyroidWritten by: Subhasish DuttaPublished at: Oct 18, 2012
Signs of an Abnormal Thyroid

Signs of an Abnormal Thyroid

Thyroid is an essential gland in our body which is responsible for many vital functions such as storing the hormones, regulating metabolism, body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, to list a few. So, the abnormal performance of the thyroid gland can result in improper functioning of the body. In order to prevent that, it is necessary to spot the early signs of abnormal thyroid.


[Read: Signs of Hyperthyroidism]


Let’s take a look at some of the signs and symptoms that will help you to detect the abnormal functioning of the thyroid gland in your body.


Changes in Hair and Skin

If your hair quality has deteriorated and is weak, coarse and dry, then your thyroid is to be blamed. Improper functioning of the thyroid gland makes your hair dry and fragile, and cause hair fall. Thyroid also brings changes in your skin texture. It often makes you skin rough, dry and thick.

Changes in Body Temperature

If the thyroid gland is not working properly, it can interrupt your body’s ability to regulate the temperature resulting in feeling unusually cold or hot. Patients suffering from hyperthyroidism develop a loathing towards heat and they sweat excessively even in normal temperature. Meanwhile, hypothyroidism patients show the tendency of feeling unusually cold.


[Read: Symptoms of Hypothyroidism]


Change in Heart Rate


Thyroid gland can influence the heart-beat rate, which is a leading cause of many heart -related disorders. People suffering from hyperthyroidism experience an abnormal increase in heart rate, resulting in high blood pressure and anxiety. On the other side, hypothyroidism slows down the heart rate in effected people.

Unexplained Weight gain or Weight loss

Are you regularly hitting the gym or following a strict diet plan to get rid of the extra kilos, but, all your efforts are going in vain? If this is the case, then you might be suffering from hypothyroidism. It increases the body’s inability to lose weight.


Now, are you eating more than usual in order to gain some weight? But, if still you are not gaining an extra inch, it may be a symptom of hypothyroidism.
Unexplained and unnatural weight changes are an important signs related to an abnormal functioning of the thyroid gland.

Changes in Menstruation


Thyroid disorders can cause irregularity in menstruation cycle and it is often misjudged as menopause. Hyperthyroidism leads to improper menstruation cycle that is significantly irregular and lighter. Whereas, hypothyroidism can cause it more frequently and can also increase the blood volume.


[Read: Thyroid during Pregnancy]


Mood Swings

Thyroid problem can create a significant change in the behaviour and the energy levels of a person. It makes you feel less energetic, tired and also forgetful. It can also cause anxiety, sleeping disorders, irritability.


If your family has a history of thyroid problems, then you are at a higher risk of developing a thyroid related disease. To avoid the risk of getting diagnosed later, keep a close watch on your physical and mental health and schedule your doctor visits accordingly.


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