Recognizing the Signs of Thyroid Disease
Your thyroid gland is a relatively small gland at the base of your neck, but it has a huge effect on how your body uses and stores energy. The thyroid normally produces two hormones known as triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) that regulate your metabolism. When production of these hormones is disrupted or altered in some way, that’s when problems can start.
But it’s not always easy to recognize the symptoms of a thyroid disorder. Sometimes they mimic symptoms of other disorders, and sometimes they’re just so vague that you might chalk it up to aging or stress. When in doubt, consult your doctor, who can test your thyroid levels and monitor your condition. If the initial blood work isn’t conclusive, your doctor may choose to run other tests, such as a radioactive iodine uptake test, a thyroid scan or a thyroid ultrasound.
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