Do You Need a Thyroid Test?

September 29th, 2010 by admin

The thyroid is often overlooked as the cause of many health concerns, especially in women.  Thyroid disorders are more common than you think.  Many of the symptoms are similar to and can be attributed to other illnesses or disorders when in fact it is the thyroid causing them.

A common issue for older women is the mistake that it is menopause causing these symptoms when in fact it may be a thyroid disorder.  A simple thyroid test (fasting blood test) will tell the difference and whether you have normal thyroid levels or not.  This test measures the level of TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone – the main hormone that regulates the thyroid gland.

Here’s the short list:

(Low levels of hormones = hypothyroidism symptoms).

  • Dry skin and brittle nails
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands
  • Constipation
  • Heavy menstrual cycles
  • Daily fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Sluggishness
  • Depressed mood
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Unexplained weight gain

(Higher levels of hormones = hyperthyroidism symptoms).

  • Muscle weakness or trembling hands
  • Problems with your vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Irregular  menstrual periods
  • Feel anxious
  • Restlessness, irritability, sleep problems
  • Hyperactive with an increased heart rate or palpitations
  • Lose unexplained weight
  • Have excessive sweating

The thyroid gland controls many of the bodily functions and organs and its basic role is to produce hormones in the right amount that help regulate your metabolism.  If it’s not doing the job properly it can create too much or not enough thyroid hormone which can cause those unwanted symptoms. Another important symptom for both versions is a visibly enlarged neck or noticeable swelling.

Getting tested and treated is of utmost importance as these symptoms can evolve into much more serious conditions such as stroke, heart problems, extremely low and life-threatening body temperature, and more.  Getting treatment causes great improvement in many of these symptoms leading to greater peace of mind and a higher quality of life.

Now testing can also be done in the privacy and convenience of your own home with a DIY medical test kit for thyroid.  Go Get Tested Now!



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