Thyroid

THYROID

The Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ and is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. Any problems with this gland can affect all aspects of your life. According to a projection from various studies on thyroid disease, it has been estimated that about 42 million people in India suffer from thyroid diseases.

There are different types of thyroid diseases. The most commonly seen problem is Hypothyroidism (under-acting thyroid gland) followed by Hyperthyroidism (over-acting thyroid gland), Goiter (thyroid swelling) and Thyroid cancers.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A THYROID PROBLEM?

  • HAIR AND SKIN: Hair can become brittle & dry and may fall off easily. Skin may become coarse and dry or excessively sweaty.
  • WEIGHT CHANGES: Excessive weight gain, not reducing in spite of exercise or diet. Or weight loss in spite of eating well.
  • MOOD SWINGS: Low mood and depression. Feeling very anxious or having frequent anger outbursts with palpitations.
  • BOWEL IRREGULARITIES: Long term constipation or diarrhea. Irritable bowel disease.
  • MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITIES: Too short cycles or delayed cycles. Periods associated with heavy flow and pain. Problems with conception.
  • FATIGUE: Excessive tiredness and lethargy. Generalized aches and pains. Frequent muscle cramps.

Ameya-Thyroid
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  • NECK SWELLING: Any fullness in the neck. Swelling in the neck that is gradually increasing in size. Any difficulty in breathing or in swallowing.
  • FAMILY HISTORY: If you have a family history of thyroid problems, you are at higher risk of developing thyroid problems.
  • EYE CHANGES: Puffiness under the eyes. Bulging of the eye ball, with redness of the eyes, irritation and watering from the eyes.
  • INTOLERANCE TO HEAT/COLD: Feeling excessively hot or cold even at normal room temperature.
  • PREGNANCY: If you are planning for pregnancy or are already pregnant, it is better to make sure that your thyroid levels are normal.
  • THE INTELLECT: Inability to concentrate, difficulty in remembering things. Feeling restless, irritable.