When you're young and have very minor health issues, you usually chalk it up to eating habits or the stress in your life. But sometimes, these little symptoms can be a sign of a bigger health issue, including something to do with your thyroid. There are a number of subtle signs of thyroid problems in young people, and even though the symptoms might seem minor, it's important to recognize when they can indicate that something is off with your health.
"Thyroid problems can occur at any age, but most people don't experience them until middle age or later," Terri Richardson, MD, a Kaiser Permanente internal medicine physician, tells Bustle. "For this reason, and because most symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions, it's often overlooked, particularly in younger people. We don’t routinely screen for thyroid disorders in young adults. In general, it is not recommended to routinely screen young adults for thyroid disease. Knowing the signs and symptoms, though, will help you decide when to speak with a physician about your concerns."
Thyroid issues tend to come with a variety of symptoms that can seem unconnected, so it's important to know all the different indicators of a thyroid issue. Here are nine stealthy and unexpected signs of thyroid problems in young people, according to experts.