Thyroid Diseases and Symptoms
Thyroid Diseases, Symptoms, Signs and Treatments
The thyroid gland is susceptible to a plethora of afflictions later on in life and is a rather common occurrence. Several diseases affect the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones; many of which manifest themselves with a unique set of symptoms. Hereditary disorders and genetic dispositions can cause the thyroid to falter. To best understand thyroid diseases and the signs, it’s paramount to recognize the symptoms relative to each condition:
Goiter is the term given to the growth of nodules on the thyroid. These nodules create tenderness and inflammation of the thyroid. The symptoms related to goiter involve visible swelling of the neck, tightness in the throat, coughing and hoarseness, and lastly, difficulty swallowing and breathing.
Graves Disease is very similar to goiter but has more to do with the overall swelling of the thyroid itself, than just nodular growths. The swelling of the thyroid has ramifications towards the overproduction of thyroid hormones, which is one of the most leading causes of hyperthyroidism. The distinguishing characteristics of Graves disease are as follows: females are disproportionately more affected, eye issues can arise, where the ocular muscles become inflamed and swollen giving the eyeball a red, protruding appearance, and lastly, but more rarely, the skin around the shins become lumpy and red.
As mentioned earlier, it shares many of the same symptoms of Graves Disease. People affected with an overactive thyroid commonly experience unintended weight loss (regularly eating yet losing weight), tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), nervousness, anxiety, tremors, sweating, changes in menstrual patterns, heat intolerance, frequent bowel movements, muscle fatigue, difficulty sleeping, etc.,
Hashimoto thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland. This hereditarily passed on disease, again, affects more women than men. People of all ages can experience thyroiditis, but it’s more commonly found in older people. If left untreated, and with enough accrued cellular damage to the thyroid, symptoms of hypothyroidism manifest. Thyroiditis is harder to identify as the condition progresses unnoticed slowly over long periods until hypothyroidism develops.
This is the opposite of hyperthyroidism where the thyroid is inadequately producing essential hormones. Without thyroid hormones, affected people experience fatigue, cold sensitivity, dry skin, constipation, puffiness, hoarseness, muscle tenderness, heavier or irregular menstrual periods, hair thinning, depression, and impaired memory can manifest
Thyroid Cancer is one of the more treatable cancers, yet success rates are contingent on which of the four types and stages the tumor was discovered. It’s crucial to catch cancer earlier on, although, in its earliest stages, the cancer is almost asymptomatic until enough time has passed. Be wary of neck and throat pain, neck lumps, vocal changes, and persistent coughs.
Managing Thyroid Deficiencies with Hormone Therapy
Thyroid diseases and deficiencies have drastic effects on one’s health and contribute to a slew of symptoms that could easily be dismissed as stemming from extraneous factors. It’s imperative to know your body as to be able to identify problems that have been persisting for far too long. Whether or not you suspect you’ve been dealing with thyroid issues for a short or long time, there are options out there to restore thyroid hormone imbalances.
Vitality Aesthetic & Regenerative Medicine offers thyroid hormone therapies to combat many thyroid issues. Through Vitality Aesthetics’ BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy), bioidentical hormones can emulate the molecular structures of biologically occurring hormones and replace low or high concentrations of hormones. By rebalancing hormone levels, especially thyroid hormones, experienced symptoms decline while the body recalibrates back to normal. If you suspect that your hormones are in decline, allow Vitality Aesthetic & Regenerative Medicine to determine the right course of treatment.