Thursday, July 06, 2006

symptom thyroid : How to Have a Healthy Thyroid

You can take several steps to help ensure thyroid health.

Have your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels checked once a year if:
you have a family history of thyroid disease
you have been exposed to x-ray therapy or radiation
you are planning a pregnancy
you have given birth in the last 6 months
you are a woman over 50.
Do a neck check, or what I call a thyroid self-exam (TSE). Every couple of months, visually inspect your neck area for signs of a goiter or unusual lumps and bumps. You can do this in front of a mirror for best results. Tilt your head back to get a better look at the thyroid area. Starting with the nape, feel your way around the entire neck area. Hard lumps are especially suspicious, particularly if they are under your ear lobe or further around your neck area. If you do find a lump, request that a fine needle aspiration be done to rule out cancer.
If you experience any thyroid disease symptoms, request a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test, which will tell you whether your thyroid gland is functioning normally. Thyroid disease is often misdiagnosed, especially in women, because some of its symptoms mimic various forms of biological depression. Seniors are also a hugely misdiagnosed group.
If you are diagnosed with thyroid disease ask to be treated by a doctor knowledgeable about the subject. If you are on thyroid medication, carefully watch your bodily functions for signs of too high or too low medication dosages.
Finding the Right Doctor
Here are some guidelines for selecting a doctor for diagnosis or treatment of thyroid disease:

Ensure your primary care doctor knows what is involved in testing for thyroid disease and is willing to do it regularly, if appropriate.
If your primary care doctor avoids thyroid testing by telling you your symptoms are related to stress, menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome or depression, or even PMS, look for another doctor, or request a referral to an endocrinologist.
If you have been diagnosed with Graves' disease or Hashimoto's disease ask to be referred to an endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid disease as well as ophthalmologist who can monitor any eye changes.

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