Thyroid problems come in many forms. Millions of Americans suffer with this each year; more women suffer with it than men. All of them affect thyroid production, forcing the body to use more energy than normal. People are finding easier ways to cope with these thyroid problems by consulting a thyroid surgeon. Solving the problem starts with figuring out the problem. Here are the most common thyroid problems.
This is a type of thyroid problem that comes from an overactive thyroid. This thyroid creates too much hormones. This will cause sleep problems, tremors, weight loss, anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, muscle weakness and changes in appetite. An inflammatory thyroid or overdosing on thyroid medication can also cause this condition. One main type of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease. The thyroid disorder causes the immune system to create antibodies that attach to thyroid cells. These cells either stimulate or inhibit thyroid hormone production.
This is a more common type of thyroid problem. This is caused by a non-active or underactive thyroid gland. This will slow down the heart; give chills, dry skin, depression, low body temperature, lethargy and forgetfulness. This is not good for children to have. Children with this condition will develop differently in their body than normal people. They will suffer from dwarfism and cretinism. Without treatment a person may suffer a myxedema coma. One main type of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This disease destroys the immune system and the thyroid gland. The most common type of hypothyroidism in America, this prevents the gland from making enough hormones.
Less common types of thyroid condition is thyroid nodules. This condition comes in solid lumps or lumps with fluid on the inside. Depending on the size the nodules can make it harder to breathe because it presses on the windpipe. It doesn’t cause symptoms and most are non-cancerous. The ones that are cancerous (10%) may suffer from throat cancer and will have to be treated immediately. The sad part is it can’t be detected early. The cancer can develop undetected for several years. Once detected the person must take action now for the most successful recovery. People having treatment for acne or gone through neck radiation in their younger years will be the ones more at risk of getting a cancerous nodule.
This is more of a male’s thyroid problem than female because it affects the Adam’s apple. The thyroid swells into a butterfly shape at the base of the Adam’s apple. The condition is mostly painless, but males suffering from goiters will have difficulty swallowing, breathing or coughing. This is caused by nodules on the gland, low thyroid hormone or lack of iodine in the diet. A doctor should be able to tell which is which.