Symptoms of Thyroid Problems
Thyroid problems have become one of the health-problem-rock-star-darlings of the internet. Everyone seems to want to sell you a product that will magically solve symptoms traditionally attributed to a haywire thyroid. Without a proper diagnosis of the core problem, however, these remedies can do more harm than good. When it comes to potential thyroid malfunction symptoms, visit Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, L.L.P. for a complete exam and diagnosis followed by the appropriate treatment.
How do I Know If I Have a Thyroid Problem?
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, located just in front of your trachea, spreading its lumpy little wings out just below your voice box. As part of your endocrine system, it processes the iodine from food into hormones, particularly T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (Total thyroxine). Among other things, these hormones help govern your metabolism by synthesizing protein and boosting your cells’ ability to consume oxygen. Troubling symptoms develop when the thyroid misbehaves. While it seems that women hitting middle age are most likely to experience some of the following symptoms, men and children can also suffer thyroid troubles.
Can’t sleep? Can’t wake up in the morning? Can’t lose those annoying extra pounds no matter how much you diet and exercise? Does your mind feel lost in a fog? Too hot? Are you always feeling too cold? Maybe it’s your thyroid…
What Autoimmune Diseases and Disorders Affect the Thyroid?
If you’re suffering from an autoimmune disease, it may start attacking your thyroid. For example, hypothyroidism symptoms are often connected to a thyroid inflamed by Hashimoto’s disease. Graves’s disease is the most common culprit behind an overactive thyroid.
In the case of Hashimoto’s disease, or a sluggish thyroid, the treatment goal is to restore normal levels of thyroid hormones through replacement therapy with synthetic thyroid pharmaceuticals.
When it comes to thyroid treatment we offer a personalized approach. Every case is different and there are options to review. We review medical records and work with your endocrinologist to ensure proper treatment.
What Are the Early Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer?
Unfortunately, thyroid cancer is on the rise around the world. Fortunately, however, treatment prognosis is usually good if it is caught and treated early enough. Symptoms include:
- A persistent sore throat, cough or hoarseness not due to a cold
- A fast-growing lump in the throat in the area of the thyroid
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
Contact Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, L.L.P. right away if you have these symptoms. We can perform an ultrasound that can detect any nodes on the thyroid. A follow-up biopsy can determine whether the nodes are benign, intermediate, or malignant so that appropriate treatment can be administered.
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