What kind of symptoms make people suspect a thyroid disorder and decide them to visit the hospital?
Depending on the disease type, symptoms may differ. We listed below general symptoms that make people consult for a thyroid disorder.
1.Swelling in the front of the neck
The most common symptom is swelling in the neck (goiter). If your neck looks swollen when you are looking at it on a mirror or if someone pointed it out to you, we advise you to consult a doctor.
2.Symptoms due to a thyroid gland dysfunction
When the thyroid gland becomes overactive or underactive, various symptoms may appear. You will find detailed descriptions about each thyroid disease on their respective section. However, in general, patients consult for their thyroid after starting to feel one or more of the symptoms listed below.
- Rapid heartbeat in spite of being at rest
- A fine tremor of the fingers
- Unusual sensitivity to heat, increased intake of water and excessive sweating
- Weight loss in spite of a good appetite
- Irritability and restlessness
- Cold body and unusual sensitivity to cold
- Dry and rough skin
- A feeling of heaviness and sluggishness
- Weight gain in spite of a poor appetite
- Swollen face or hands when waking up in the morning
- Frequent constipation
- Unusual sleepiness and dozing off during daytime
- Slow and weak pulse
- Irregular menstruation
- A lump in the neck
Even if protruding eyeballs does not occur on all patients, it stays a typical symptom of the Graves' disease.
4.Abnormal examinations results
Even if the patient thinks he doesn’t have any health problem, abnormalities such as swelling in the thyroid gland or abnormal thyroid hormones level in the blood can be detected by a medical examination or consultation.
The above-mentioned are the major symptoms that make people consult a doctor. Some people may suspect a thyroid disorder because of symptoms such as an abnormal sensation or the sensation of something stuck in the throat. However, notice that thyroid disorders rarely cause symptoms in the throat. As the thyroid gland is located in the neck, patients might think about to consult an Ear-Nose-and-Throat (ENT) doctor, but notice that the thyroid gland is an endocrine organ. Please consult a specialist in endocrinology.