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Battling thyroid conditions

Parathyroid Gland Anatomy

Do you feel like your normal self or does something feel off? If you feel off, but you can't explain why, it might be your thyroid.

Don't jump to immediate conclusions. First talk with your doctor. But if something still doesn't feel right after working with your doctor, it might be time to speak with an Endocrinologist.

Basic signs of thyroid conditions: lack of energy, weight gain/ weight loss, depression/ anxiety, muscle and/or joint pain, dry skin, hair falls out, an enlargement in your neck, irregular menstrual cycles, constipation, and poor memory. These are all classic signs of thyroid conditions.

I've been battling a thyroid condition for seventeen years. Doctors don't know why my thyroid stopped functioning properly but it did at a very young age. After going to a doctor and having several tests run it was clear my problems stemmed from my thyroid. After several years of being closely monitored, everything in my body was working as it should. But within the past four years something felt off. With a doctor's second opinion I was instructed to go to an Endocrinologist. This was the best advice ever, because this doctor's help was much needed. Beyond the basic blood tests that are run at a physician's office, everything with me was out of whack. It is because of the Endocrinologist that I am slowly being put back together.

An Endocrinologist studies physiological functions of the hormones and studies the cells of the endocrine glands. This type of doctor analyzes all types of disorders associated with excess or deficiencies of one or more hormones in the body. Especially with the glands, many of the glands evaluated control our metabolism, sleep, digestive system, stress levels, sensory perceptions, emotions, tissue function, moods, movement, and much more.

If a thyroid condition goes undiagnosed for years, it can cause long term problems. Worst case scenario, some people can have thyroid cancer. Though medical experts do not understand what causes thyroid cancer, the good news is when the thyroid gland is removed, this usually solves all problems- including the removal of all cancer in the body associated with the thyroid.

In most cases, a doctor is able to diagnose the problems relatively quickly. When the problem is diagnosed quickly, most people are put on a medication that they will take for the rest of their life. The medicine solves almost all problems associated with a thyroid that is not functioning properly. But it is still important to eat healthy, exercise on a regular basis, get enough sleep every night, and control the amount of stress in your life. By doing all this, there should be no problems moving forward.

What I do want to note (which is not mentioned by many doctors) is that there is a link between the thyroid gland and the gull bladder... and then possibly gastroenteritis. The thyroid gland is in charge of many important bodily functions. When the thyroid gland stops working properly, make sure to exercise and stay as healthy as possible, because if you don't it can cause the gull bladder to produce stones. Once the gull bladder produces stones, the gull bladder will never stop. Stones moving in your body is extremely painful. And then if you have hypothyroidism and a gull-bladder that is removed, it is possible that your metabolism will not properly function which means your body can develop gastroenteritis. Of course, once you have these three problems, more health conditions can develop.

Know your body. When something doesn't feel right make sure you talk with your doctor. Document your symptoms and be intelligent when speaking with your doctor- ask the right questions. By doing so, you should remain a happy and healthy individual.

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