Why people think (too) quickly about thyroid problems

The thyroid is a complex organ. The complaints of fast or slow functioning of the thyroid gland are very diverse, which causes a lot of confusion. People often quickly think of thyroid complaints, as it is a common problem. But is this actually justified? Isn’t it wise to first look at other possible causes of your complaints?

The thyroid gland

The thyroid is an organ located in the neck. The organ is divided into left and right halves, each on one side of the esophagus. The thyroid gland has many functions. The thyroid gland produces several hormones, including hormones that help regulate metabolism. The thyroid gland is sometimes called the ‘thermometer of metabolism’. When the thyroid gland works too fast, it will produce too many hormones. When the thyroid gland works too slowly, too few hormones will be produced. People often speak of a ‘slow’ or ‘fast’ thyroid gland.

Various complaints

The complaints of fast or slow functioning of the thyroid gland are very diverse. This causes a lot of confusion about the thyroid gland. Firstly, it is not always immediately noticeable when one suffers from an abnormality of the thyroid gland. After all, the complaints that arise have many possible causes. An abnormality of the thyroid gland is not immediately visible and is therefore often overlooked. At the same time, there are also many people who immediately think of a thyroid problem. However, the complaints have many possible causes and a problem with the thyroid is therefore not always the cause of these complaints. Some well-known complaints are:

Complaints about fast operation




Having diarrhea for no apparent reason

Weight loss

Weight loss without a clear cause such as exercise or dieting


Sudden palpitations without having had previous heart complaints

Eye complaints

Sore and burning eyes


Having stress without a clear cause such as work or private circumstances


Complaints about slow operation



Concentration problems

Having difficulty concentrating on the simplest things such as reading a book or watching TV


having depression without any reason

Fat hands

Retention of moisture which, among other things, causes swollen hands

Dry skin

dry skin, even when the weather has no influence on it

Weight gain

Marked weight gain without apparent cause


Don’t think too quickly about a thyroid problem

As indicated above, there are many possible symptoms of a thyroid problem. However, these complaints also have many possible causes. The cause of a concentration problem does not have to have anything to do with the thyroid gland, but can also be caused by a poor night’s sleep or glandular fever. It is therefore wise to keep all options open and not immediately focus on a problem with the thyroid gland. If you have complaints, it is best to visit your doctor. The GP can then determine the cause of your complaint(s) in order to arrive at a suitable approach. And remember; It’s better to go to the doctor too often than too little!

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