Signs of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism do not become apparent immediately, and the symptoms can take weeks or even months to develop.

However if you suffer from one or two of the symptoms persistently, then you need to seek doctor’s help and get your system evaluated.

This is because hypothyroidism which is basically low thyroid hormone production can affect your brain, and heart. With the exception of certain conditions, the treatment of hypothyroidism requires life-long therapy.

Hyperthyroidism which is excessive thyroid hormone production can cause thyrotoxicosis that can be life threatening. Here is what you need to do to check if you are suffering from thyroid malfunction:

1. You know you are suffering from severe thyroid problem when you suddenly get shortness of breath, and erratic heartbeat especially after an infection or exposure to cold

2. You know you have thyrotoxic crisis if you feel disoriented and get rapid heartbeat, rush to the nearest medical help for you can slip into a coma.

3. You suffer from dry skin, low weight or excess weight, and are irritable and excessively agitated.

4. You get sudden bouts of severe abdominal pain and vomiting.

5. You are constantly fatigued and feel sleepy all the time.