Dr Vaishak Vidyadhar, Physician, The Bangalore Hospital, Bangalore, India speaks about thyroid problems the common condition affecting many of us these days.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located in front of our neck. Responsible for many vital functions, this gland secretes hormones that keep us going. A disruption in the production of these hormones can wreak havoc on your bodily function. Low or high production of the hormones has specific symptoms based on which, your doctors will be able to advise some tests and diagnose the condition. Thankfully, these conditions can be cured with medications and surgery if needed.
“Thyroid problems are very common but yet get ignored by most of us. It can affect people of all age and can be cured with proper diagnosis and treatment. If you have been experiencing the mentioned symptoms, do not hesitate to consult a doctor and start the treatment. It is recommended not to ignore the condition for very long,” warns Dr Vaishak Vidyadhar.
So who should get tested for thyroid problems? Here is a list of symptoms that indicate thyroid problems:
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Swelling at the front of the neck with pain
- Change in appetite
- Change in voice
- Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- Loss of hair
- Altered heartbeats, both rapid and slow heart rates
- Change in your energy levels or mood
- Feeling too hot or cold
- Dry skin or brittle nails
- Abnormal menstrual cycle
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Vision problems
- Change in general appearance with swollen face or legs
All the above symptoms might be caused due to higher or underproduction of the hormones by the thyroid glands resulting in health concerns.
One should get checked for thyroid problems at a regular interval to identify the disease in its early stages. An early diagnosis and management of thyroid disorders can save your unnecessary discomforts.