Sunday, December 28, 2008

Top 10 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Problem

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Today's Mission 4 Monday: Physical Health - Thyroid

Millions of People Have Undiagnosed Thyroid Conditions
By Mary Shomon,
Updated: November 19, 2008

It's estimated that 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem, but the majority don't even know it yet. The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is the master gland of metabolism. When your thyroid doesn't function, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels.

Since undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, infertility and a host of other symptoms and health problems, it's important that you don't go undiagnosed.

You don't need to have all of these symptoms in order to have a thyroid problem, but here are some of the most common signs that you may have a thyroid condition:
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Signs, Symptoms and Diagnosis Which May Have A Thyroid Connection
Symptoms, Signs and Diagnosis for Both Hyper and Hypo Thyroid. Treatment for Hyperthyroidism Usually Leads to Hypothyroidism.

Heart Attack
High Cholesterol
Slow heart rate
Fast hear rate
Atrial fibrilation(If on thyroid medication, too much may cause this condition)
COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Difficulty Breathing
Myxedema Coma

Brain Fog - if severe, prbolems driving, i.e. stop on green, go on red.
Inability to focus, remember, recall
Panic Attacks - Anxiety
Myxedema Maddness and all levels leading up to this extreme condition - Intermitent Violence, Road Rage, Judgemental
Alzheimers - Thyroid is mis-diagnosed as alzheimers at times
Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome?
Personality Changes

Autoimmune Gastritis
Possible Pernicious Anemia (Vitamin B12, Folic Acid)
Iron/Vitamin D Deficiency - Osteoporosis
Irritable Bowel Disease
Celiac Disease (Intolerance to Wheat and Grain Products)
Milk Allergies
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Colon Cancer (Israeli Study)
Barrett's Esophagus
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Leaky Gut Syndrome

Muscle and Joint
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Myalgias (MUscle Pain)
Joint Pain

Miscellaneous Signs, Symptoms and Diagnoses
Decreased Body Temperature - Consistently Below 97.7°
Intolerance for Heat - Keeping the Thermostat Low in the Summer
Change in Blood Type
Chronic Fatigue
Cold when others are hot
Raynaud's Disease (Cold Hands and Feet)
White Spots on Teeth
Gingivits and other Dental Problems (Ask for Neck Protector when having Dental X-Rays)
Striated Fingernails
Club Nails
White Spots on Nails
Brittle Nails
Small Cuticles
Flat Nails
Loss of Lumnae (Moon Shapes on Nails)
Loss of Fingerprints
Weight Gain or Loss
Interrupted Sleep Patterns
Sleep Apnea
Thick Coarse Hair in the Elderly
Allergies (Pollens, Foods, Chemicals, Metals - Jewelry, Drugs - May Cause Severe, Severe, Life threatening Drug Reactions as do other Allergies)
Difficult Periods
Difficult Menopause
Decreased or No Libido (Sex Drive)
Frequent Infections (Colds, Urinary Tract Infections, Pneumonia etc.)
Vitiligo - White Spots on Skin
Dry Skin, Skin Disorders
Bulging Eyes (Graves Disease) - Hyperthyroidism
Psoriasis and other Skin Disease
Tinnitis - Ringing in the Ears
Decreases in Vision and Hearing and Associated Diseases and Problems
Mottled Teeth
Dry Mouth and Eyes
Kidney Stones/Other Kidney Problems
May Lead to Other Autoimmune Diseases - Diabetes, Myasthenia Gravis,Lupus, MS, etc.
Called Polyglandular Disease - Cascade Effect
Esophageal Spasym
Complications From Surgery - Anasthesia(Notify Anesthesiologist Prior to Surgery)
Women Considering Pregnancy Should Be Tested Ahead of Time. Possiblity of Birth DefectsLoss of I.Q. Points, Autism, Down's May Be Connection
Increased Incidence of Melanoma(Vetereans Research Audie Murphy-Bayolor University)
Lung Cancer - "Disease of the Thyroid"
Decreased Incidence of Colon Cancer if Treated for Thyroid(Israeli/U Michigan Research)
Metabolic Syndrome
Syndrome X?
Men 1 and Men 2 (Medical Diagnosis)

Early Symptoms
Cretinism - Rarely Seen Early
Allergy to Milk - Any Allergies
Inability to Tolerate Going In and Out of Heat and Air Conditioning(Becoming Sick)
Sun Sensitive - Rashes
Poison Ivy Sensitivity
Failure To Thrive - Babies
Small Stature(Short)
Epstein-Barr Virus
Grey Hair Before 30
ADHD and Various Inappropriate Behaviors


Denise said...

Great information, I suffer with hypothyroidism.

He And Me + 3 said...

I had Thyroid Cancer almost 3 years ago had been there a long time because it had spread to my lymph nodes & it is such a slow moving cancer...Thank God for that. I have been clear for over a year now & am doing well, but still think my meds are not regulated. God is good though, All the time!

Heather said...

My Lord its bad when you have majority of those symptoms....LOL
You learn to just live with and enjoy the good days.
Love you Heather

momstheword said...

I think it's great you're sharing this because I don't think that people think about this alot. I know I don't.

Anonymous said...

I'm hypo also and it took forever to diagnose it. I don't know why since it is such an easy blood test. My doctor kept telling me that my "symptoms" contraindicated it! I changed docs after that!

Thanks for visiting my blog and for this great info!!

luvmy4sons said...

Wow. Quite a list~ My mom suffers from a disease that takes her back and forth from hyper to hypo...I should be tested yearly but I do not. Thanks for the info. Maybe I will schedule something now!

Joanne said...

Michele, thank you for your sweet comment today.

My husband takes daily medication for a thyroid problem.

I pray that your 2009 is a year that brings relief to your chronic illnesses. What a reminder to me that I am not in pain every day like so many. Thank you for putting things in perspective for me today.

Happy 2009 and God Bless!

Cindy said...

I was diagnosed over 20 years ago and, because of new symptoms that I've had recently, I think I'm either headed toward or have Myxedema Coma. Can you even have that without being in a coma? I haven't felt like myself for about three months and put on 30 pounds over the summer! I feel like I'm losing my mind most days.