Thyroid glands are those that keep your body very active and looks after the overall well being of an individual. Often misconception about this thyroid gland is quite common. People with our without the disease are very well aware of the common misconceptions they cause.
Around 20 million people in America was estimated to suffer from a symptom of butterfly shaped gland below the base of their neck like:
Goiter (enlarged thyroid)
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Dr. Kellis shares some of the theories regarding the misconception among people about thyroid diseases.
Myth No. 1: The symptoms of thyroid disease are obvious
The symptoms of this disease can be faint and can easily be overlooked.
The most noticeable among them could be fatigue, weight loss and irritability.
Adding to this could be sensitivity to hot and cold feels.
Because of this delicate symptoms diagnosing the thyroid disease could be very tricky, says Dr. Kellis.
To be on a safer side testing the TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone before the symptoms occur can be proven to solve the problem to certain level. One has to speak about the symptoms for the doctor to screen them.
Hereditary place a main role in such disease and the doctor needs to be informed to screen if your ancestors ever were diagnosed with this issue earlier.
The other hereditary diseases could be: Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease and thyroid cancer.
Myth No. 2: Hormone problems after 40 always mean menopause
Hormonal symptoms are indeed very easy to follow up like-heavier or less frequent menstrual periods, often mood fluctuations, sleep disturbances and heat sensitivity during menopause.
These symptoms are more evident in females of mid age because of the changing hormone levels.
The changes can actually affect the levels of thyroid in the functioning in females. These symptoms can evidently be seen in the age group of 40+ women’s due to menopause and thyroid disease.
Never neglect or hesitate to keep your doctor informed about such symptoms. This could definitly add on to one wellness and to find relief.
Myth No. 3: If you have thyroid disease, your eyes will bulge
Hypothyroidism – the base of the disease called “graves disease” cause bulging eyes- though not always.
This problem increases with smoking habits.
The other related symptoms to GRAVES DISEASE are double vision, swollen eyelids and very dry eyes .
According to Dr. Kellis estimated 10 to 20 percent patients with graves disease will have issues with eyes. “Steroids and selenium supplements can be used to treat eyes diseases and problems.
Smokers are advised to stop smoking completely. And people with bulging eyes is advised to undergo a surgery.” Says Dr. Kellis.
Myth No. 4: If you have a thyroid nodule, then you must have cancer
“Thyroid gland being very liberal, effects over half the women aged above 40” says Dr. Kellis.
Doctors are well versed to find the symptoms for cancer in lesser than 5 percent of the nodules. So never panic to such a situation if at all you find a thyroid nodule developing on your thyroid gland.
A biopsy is conducted to test for cancer if at all the nodule is as thick as 1 cm or even larger to be convinced if it could be cancerous.
“Many patients are in the assumption that blood test could detect the presence of cancer but which turns out to be false. Thyroid biopsy has to be carried out to find out the initial symptoms of the thyroid cancer” says Dr. Kellis.
Myth No. 5: You’ll need iodine supplements for thyroid disease
A lot of inputs flow in to make use of iodine supplements when they hear about your thyroid issues.
Endorsments are made regarding this dificiency because they are the leading actors in the development of thyroid disease around the world.
Seafoods, eggs and dairy products are vital providers of iodine and people of the US receive a plenty because of their diet.
Dr. Kellis speaking against iodine supplements says “They worsen the thyroid disease even more and I strongly recommend the non consumption of supplements”.
Speaking to the doctor regarding the intake of the supplements could provide all the help you need to rectify the solutions to the problems regarding whether it’s thyroid related or any other problem.