There are a lot of glands in your body that produce the hormones that you need to keep functioning properly. Your Thyroid gland is one of them. This gland is shaped of a butterfly and located at the base of your neck in both men and women. It wraps around your windpipe at the in the same area of the Adam’s apple. It produces several hormones. Of all those hormones the two most important are T3 and T4. They allow your cells to absorb oxygen. They turn the thyroid into the master control for your metabolism.
Generally, your thyroid gland is an automated system that produces all the hormones it needs to, and in turn keeping your body working the right way. However, sometimes it doesn’t work right. That’s when you end up with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism happens when your body produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. It can cause all kinds of health problems, like rapid weight loss, sweating, increased appetite, and tremors. One of the bigger problems with this disorder is that it looks so similar to so many other disorders; it can be hard to diagnose.
The way that this Thyroid disorder is diagnosed is by blood tests and observation. Your doctor will run a series of blood tests to see what your T3 and T4 levels are. It isn’t uncommon for a doctor to take more than one test in order to establish a pattern for your levels. They will also monitor you to see if you have any of the physical symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.
The good thing is that this disorder is easily treatable. Some doctors choose to wait to see what will happen with people who have only slightly elevated numbers. There are things that you can do to help control those numbers. For higher numbers, your doctor might prescribe something like a betablocker. They will also tell you to stop taking anything with iodine in it. Your thyroid absorbs iodine, and you don’t want it to be more active than it is.
If you have Hyperthyroidism, or you think you may recognize some of the symptoms listed here in this article, then you should see your doctor, ask to have your thyroid tested and get under medical supervision as soon as possible. There are several complications that could arise from this disorder. Only a doctor can diagnose this, and you need to be on a proper regimen to control it.