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Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces hormones that affect the body’s metabolism and energy level. Thyroid problems are among the most common medical conditions. The most common thyroid problems are.

  • Hyperthyroidism : Over activity of the thyroid gland The common symptoms are
    • Jitteriness, shaking, increased nervousness, irritability
    • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
    • Feeling hot
    • Weight loss
    • Fatigue, feeling exhausted
    • More frequent bowel movements
    • Shorter or lighter menstrual periods
  • Hypothyroidism: under activity of thyroid gland. The common symptoms are
    • Fatigue or lack of energy
    • Weight gain
    • Feeling cold
    • Dry skin and hair
    • Heavy menstrual periods
    • Constipation
    • Slowed thinking
  • Thyroid Nodules
    • Thyroid nodules are fairly common and usually harmless. However, about 4% of nodules are cancerous, so further testing needs to be done.

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