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Sypmtoms Of Thyroid-Every Women Should Know

From: markgill - 4 years 25 weeks ago

The Thyroid Gland Keeps the Body in Harmony

Your thyroid gland, located just below your neck in front of your larynx, secretes hormones through your bloodstream to every cell and every organ in your body.

This tiny, 2-inch gland regulates your body temperature, keeps your brain thinking clearly, your heart pumping rhythmically, and basically maintains harmony among all organs in your body.

When you have thyroid disease, your thyroid gland can either become overactive or underactive.

If your thyroid doesn’t secrete enough hormones into your blood, you may suffer from hypothyroidism and a slowing down of bodily functions. This could cause more serious complications, like high cholesterol and heart trouble.

Initial symptoms of hypothyroidism might include:

Weight gain
Cold intolerance
Dry or brittle hair
Memory problems
Irritability and depression
Higher cholesterol levels
Slower heart rate
Constipation, or sluggish bowel
On the flip side, if your thyroid secretes too many hormones, bodily functions will speed up, as it does in hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroid symptoms could include:

Weight loss
Heat intolerance
Frequent bowel movements
Nervousness and irritability
Thyroid gland enlargement
Sleep disturbances
Thyroid Conditions Can Be Difficult to Diagnose

While a simple blood test can easily determine how much thyroid hormone you have in your blood, doctors often don't think to check TSH or other thyroid levels since the symptoms of a thyroid problem can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions.

“Patients may have a variety of illnesses that can all cause fatigue and brittle hair,” says Stuart M. Weiss, MD, an endocrinologist and assistant professor at New York University in New York City. “But unless the physician gets the thyroid numbers to match the diagnosis, it’s difficult to blame the thyroid.”

What makes matters worse is that doctors don’t always agree on how to read thyroid-related blood test results.

Until the last six or seven years, doctors generally agreed that a TSH level of 0.5 to 5.0 was normal, and that anybody with those levels of TSH wouldn’t be considered to have a malfunctioning thyroid.

But some endocrinologists worried that this broad interpretation of results meant that people with thyroid disorders were going undiagnosed and untreated. This includes a subset of thyroid patients who are said to have “subclinical thyroid disorder,” which generally means they appear to have no, or few, symptoms of hypothyroidism. Their T3 and T4 levels are normal, but their TSH levels are higher than normal.

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