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 ENT Specialists of Alaska for a complete exam and diagnosis followed by the appropriate treatment.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
A diagnosis of hypothyroidism means that your thyroid is slacking off on thyroid hormone production to the point where you may struggle with symptoms like:
- Stubborn weight gain
- Heightened sensitivity to cold
- Hair loss
- Mental fog/memory loss
- Facial swelling
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Dry skin, brittle nails
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), including trouble swallowing
Hypothyroid problems in babies can also be dangerously problematic and should be taken very seriously, as they can lead to unsettling growth and development problems. In fact, some babies are born without a thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroidism in babies include:
- Jaundice (abnormally yellow skin and whites of the eyes)
- Frequent choking spells
- Swollen face and/or tongue, making it hard to breathe
- Poor muscle tone development
- Lack of energy/too sleepy
- Trouble eating, difficulty gaining weight
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.
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 ENT Specialists of Alaska 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.