10 Signs of Thyroid Issues

Thyroid Symptoms: Unpredictable Bowel Function

8. Unpredictable Bowel Function

Many patients with thyroid disease complain of unpredictable and dysfunctional bowel habits. Hypothyroidism is often linked with constipation because slowing of metabolism also diminishes the digestive process: motility of the gut is compromised, which then makes it difficult to achieve a bowel movement. With hyperthyroidism, conversely, overactive metabolism may lead to very quick passage of food in the gut, thus preventing proper digestion; this may cause diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements, with the urge to visit the bathroom being particularly strong after consumption of a meal. Over-the-counter medications for these conditions can provide temporary relief, but it is important that the underlying thyroid disease is treated.

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