Do You Have a Thyroid Problem?

If you’re suffering from strange symptoms you’re having trouble getting a handle on, you may have a thyroid problem. Take a look at these common symptoms of a thyroid problem.

Where Is The Thyroid?

The thyroid is located at the front of the throat just below the Adam’s apple. It regulates the body’s metabolism, growth, energy and use of vitamins & hormones.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Thyroid Problem?

Symptoms of a thyroid problem vary widely based on what type of problem you may have. The most common thyroid problems are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism happens when the body produces too much of the thyroid hormone.

Causes

Hyperthyroidism is most commonly called by a condition called Grave’s Disease but can also be caused by nodular thyroid disease or thyroiditis. Less common causes are tumors on the pituitary gland, or a side effect of an iron-producing drug.

Symptoms

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include heat intolerance, heart palpitations, trembling hands, staring gaze, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, weight loss, hair loss, warm moist skin, light or infrequent menstrual periods, muscle weakness and increased bowel movements.

Treatments

Hyperthyroidism can be treated conventionally using anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine or surgery, if needed. Hyperthyroidism can also be treated using natural herbs such as Lycopus europea and bugleweed and the amino acid, L-Carnitine. Check with your healthcare provider to get a proper diagnosis and find out which treatment options are best for you.

Hypothyroidism

Hyperthyroidism happens when the body produces too little of the thyroid hormone.

 
Causes

The two main causes of hypothyroidism is chronic inflammation of the thyroid, which leaves most of the thyroid unable to function and a condition called autoimmune thyroiditis (also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) where the body’s own immune system attacks the thyroid.

Symptoms

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include cold intolerance, weight gain or extreme difficulty losing weight, hair loss, muscle weakness & cramping, dry rough pale skin, irritability, depression, constipation, decreased libido, irregular menstrual cycles, decreased sexual interest and memory loss.

Treatments

Hypothyroidism can usually be easily treated by conventional medicine. Usually, you will only need to take one synthetic hormone pill a day to reverse your symptoms. Natural treatments for hypothyroidism include, but are not limited to, iodine supplementation, selenium, and bladderwrack. Check with your healthcare provider to get a proper diagnosis and find out which treatment options are best for you.

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