Understanding Thyroid Conditions

The thyroid gland is a very small gland weighing only 20 grams. It is located at the base of the neck. Though small in size, it produces hormones that are essential for a wide range of functions related to metabolism and growth. When there is a problem in the production and secretion of these hormones, it can manifest in several different ways.

Thyroid conditions cannot be treated at home. Medical interventional is important to manage these symptoms. Call Trinity Medical Group today to get the proper diagnosis and treatment for your thyroid conditions. Call Trinity Medical to schedule an appointment today.

There are several different types of thyroid conditions. Two of the most commonly seen are when the thyroid produces too little hormones. This is called hypothyroidism. The second is due to over-production of hormones. This is called hyperthyroidism. Women are more susceptible to having problems with the thyroid gland.

Thyroid Problem Symptoms

Recognizing thyroid symptoms will help you get the help you need in the early stages of the condition when it is more manageable.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism result from under-activity of the thyroid gland. These may include:

•    Persistent fatigue along with muscular weakness
•    Heart beat is slow and weak
•    Sudden inexplicable weight gain
•    Poor memory accompanied by slowing down of mental processes
•    Higher sensitivity to colder temperatures
•    Thyroid looks enlarged- also known as goiter
•    Skin is dry or looks thick and puffy
•    Higher tendency to be constipated

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism result from over activity of the thyroid gland. These may include:

•    Rapid weight loss that is not due to any discernible factors
•    Higher intolerance to heat accompanies by profuse sweating
•    Heart beat is fast and forceful
•    High anxiety
•    Sleeplessness and restlessness
•    Muscular weakness
•    Higher tendency to get diarrhea
•    Tremors

The Emotional Effect Of Thyroid Problems

In addition to physical and physiological effects, thyroid problems also have an emotional effect. Individuals suffering from hypothyroidism may feel depressed and unusually fatigued, whereas those suffering from hyperthyroidism tend to feel more irritable and nervous. Unfortunately, in most cases, people do not make the association between the thyroid and their emotional reactions. This is mainly because other symptoms take much longer to develop. With proper medication and treatment, emotional balance is usually restored.

Every person suffering from thyroid problems may not necessarily experience the same set of symptoms. Each one may experience different symptoms depending on a variety of factors, which is why it is important to consult with the physician to get an accurate diagnosis. Besides there are no home treatments that are known to be effective at treating thyroid conditions. Getting a professional diagnosis and treatment is the best way to manage this condition.