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Abnormal thyroid symptoms!
Well, that day, going to the lab on a regular routine blood test.
Like every three months to see if my medications are still effective or needs to be adjusted and check if no organs are suffering from it!
Got my results couple of hours after, like usual. Next Day my doctor is calling me back, saying that my thyroid Is acting up.
In my case, it is not producing enough hormones and asked me to pay him a visit.
At the office, he started doing all the basic (blood pressure, up on scale etc.),
And start going through all the questions related to abnormal thyroid symptoms ,(we will look into those symptoms later).
Got some pills called, Synthroid (Levothyroxine) and says that its not a big deal,
that i should not worry as long as it is checked with new blood works every 3 months at prescription renewal,
and unless it start to go WACKO on me.
Synthroid is a prescription medicine used to treat hypothyroidism
(Low thyroid hormone).
Let’s get some more info now!!!
What is the Thyroid ?
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck just below the Adam’s apple.
It’s part of an intricate network of glands called the endocrine system.
The endocrine system is responsible for coordinating many of your body’s activities.
The thyroid gland manufactures hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism.
HYPO or HYPER?
When your thyroid doesn’t work properly, it can impact your entire body.
If your body makes too much thyroid hormone, you can develop a condition called hyperthyroidism.
If your body makes too little thyroid hormone, it’s called hypothyroidism.
Both conditions are serious and need to be treated by your healthcare provider.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder, which means it occurs when immune cells attack healthy thyroid tissue,
causing inflammation of the thyroid.
When your thyroid gland comes under attack from malfunctioning immune cells, it impairs
your thyroid’s ability to make thyroid hormone.
If it is to the point that the gland can no longer produce enough thyroid hormones for your body to function properly,
then you will develop hypothyroidism. But hypothyroidism isn’t the only complication associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
In some cases, it can become so inflamed and enlarged that a goiter develops.
For people who develop symptoms , such as goiter, then thyroid hormone therapy is needed.
Autoimmune diseases affect women more than men.
Women are 7 times more likely to have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Goiter is the enlargement of your thyroid gland, located at the base of your neck and responsible for a number of bodily functions.
The swelling of this important gland will also be visible in the neck area in some cases, while others it won’t be noticeable.
How Can You Prevent a Goiter?
In some cases, goiters are easily preventable with changes in diet.
Proper nutrition will ensure that your body is receiving the correct amount of iodine.
The most common food item that contains iodine is regular table salt.
When used correctly, it will help give your body the iodine it needs.
The vast majority of goiters are benign, and an iodine deficiency causes up to 90 percent of them.
Goiters are especially prevalent in areas of the world where iodine is not added to table salt.
Symptoms of goiter, in addition to a lump in the neck, include weight loss or gain and heart palpitations.
There are some cases, however, where you cannot prevent it. These cases tend to happen when the cause of the goiter is unknown.
Here is a Short video (3 min.), that will give you the big Picture !
Symptoms and physical signs
Symptoms of an under active thyroid.
Many symptoms of an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) are the same as those of other conditions,so it can easily be confused for something else.
Symptoms usually develop slowly and you may not realize you have a medical problem for several years.
Common symptoms include:
- Sensitive to cold
- Weight gain
- Slow movements and thoughts
- Muscle aches and weakness
- Muscle cramps
- Dry and scaly skin
- Brittle hair and nails
- Loss of libido
- Pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Irregular periods or heavy periods
It’s unlikely that you’d have many of the later symptoms of an under active thyroid, because the condition is often identified
before more serious symptoms appear. Elderly people with an under active thyroid may develop memory problems and depression.
Children may experience slower growth and development. Teenagers may start puberty earlier than normal.
If you have any of these symptoms, see your Doctor and ask to be tested for an under active thyroid.
Hypothyroidism can lead to serious consequences if not treated.
An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can cause a wide range of symptoms, although it’s unlikely you’ll experience all of them.
The symptoms may develop gradually or suddenly. For some people they’re mild, but for others they can be severe and significantly affect their lives.
Symptoms of an overactive thyroid can include:
• Hyperactivity,you may find it hard to stay still and have a lot of nervous energy.
• Mood swings
• Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
• Difficulty sleeping
• Feeling tired all the time
• Sensitivity to heat
• Muscle weakness
• Needing to pee more often than usual
• Persistent thirst
• Loss of interest in sex
It can also cause the following physical signs:
• Swelling in your neck
• Irregular and/or unusually fast heart rate
• Twitching or trembling
• Warm skin and excessive sweating
• Red palms of your hands
• Loosing nails
• A raised, itchy rash
• Patchy hair loss
• Weight loss – often despite an increased appetite
• Eye problems, such as redness, dryness or vision problems
On my part, it was an easy diagnostics and treatment, but a condition that i am taking very seriously .
(Taking your medication every day or as prescribed, and my blood works every 3 months)
That is the secret of a good healthy and worry free lifestyle!
I am too old to be stressed.. And they say, Stress is not good for the heart ..SO!
I am 57 years old .. Every sign of unhealthy behavior from my body, is taken care of right away.
I still have some good years to enjoy, and i don’t want to miss my retirement in PANAMA 😉
Stay Healthy People !
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