Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Thyroid disease is one of the most common, yet misunderstood and overlooked, conditions in Americans. Women make up the majority of thyroid patients.
Everything in your body relies on thyroid hormone—including digestion, the growth of your hair and nails, your sex drive, and the function of your organs and glands. Your brain, heart, and metabolism are especially dependent on the right levels of thyroid hormone to function properly and well.
Thyroid problems include:
- Goiter – enlargement of the thyroid gland
- Hyperthyroidism – when your thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs (Graves’ Disease)
- Hypothyroidism – when you thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones (Hashimoto’s Disease)
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodules – lumps in the thyroid gland
- Thyroiditis – swelling of the thyroid
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain
- Inability to lose weight with diet and exercise
- Feeling cold
- Hair loss (including the outer edge of the eyebrows)
- Brain fog
- Muscle and joint pains/aches
Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
- Panicky feeling
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Elevated heart rate
- Diarrhea or loose stools
- Feeling overheated
- Unexplained weight loss
It is important to have a complete blood profile to determine the nature of what kind of hypothyroidism a person might have.
Contact Dr. Maria at 813-964-0847 for a consultation.