December 11, 2015 - 1:36pm
Thyroid problems are prevalent diseases in women. Because of the vast changing lifestyle our modern world offers, we are forced to make decisions such as eating more fast food products than home-cooked meals. Instead of going to the park for a breath of fresh air when jogging, we confine ourselves to the artificially ventilated rooms of gym equipments. These simple changes have big impacts on our health.
A thyroid disorder has many classifications, but the most prevalent is either hyperthyroidism (production of too much thyroid hormones), or hypothyroidism (production of insufficient thyroid hormones) our body needs. But the question is, how can one determine if he is experiencing a thyroid problem?
1. The presence of goiter easily dictates that you are affected by a thyroid-related sickness. Goiter is the enlargement of the thyroid gland and is an indication that there is something wrong with your body process.
2. Hypothyroidism have varied symptoms with hyperthyroidism. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include: constipation or difficulty in bowel movement, slower mental recognition or poor memory, weakening of the muscles and constant fatigue, extreme sensitivity to cold temperatures, the presence of thick and puffy skin or dry skin, and a weak or under tempo heartbeat. Be mindful of what your body is saying and never postpone a visit to your doctor when symptoms arise.
3. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism on the other hand include: tremor or uncontrolled shaking of the body, muscular weakness, increase in appetite but still losing weight, sleeplessness and anxiety attacks, diarrhea or irregular bowel movement, intolerance with heat and profuse sweating, eye changes, and a rapid or forceful heartbeat.
Every patient has a different story with the experience of a thyroid illness. It is not necessary that a possible thyroid patient has all the symptoms of the disease before he is diagnosed with the ailment. Some cases vary, and there are also cases wherein the symptoms are present but there is absence of a disease. The best option when you are suspecting is to always consult a medical expert. Delaying your examination will not also delay your possible illness but worsen it instead.
There has been no known and specific cure for problems relating to the thyroid gland. But there are prescriptions and preventive measures that can be done upon discovery of your illness:
1. Depending on your condition, the physician may either prescribe a supplement to supply the hormone needed by your body that is not given by the thyroid gland, or in another case prescribe a supplement that will control your thyroid’s production of hormone. Either of the two requires constant watch and prescript drugs should be taken at the right time. It’s not as light as skipping meals. Taking medication should be seen as a responsibility, to yourself and to your loved ones.
2. Being diagnosed with a thyroid problem requires you to have a regular checkup and follow up with your physician. A thyroid problem can be as simple as a goiter, but if taken for granted can pave the way for further complications and even thyroid cancer. Be responsible enough to follow up and keep track of your own medical condition because in exchange, your body will let you live life longer.
3. Shrug away from unnecessary lifestyle choices. Give up your cigarettes and quit smoking. You’ve always known it’s bad for your health, but you chose to neglect the warnings because of the fulfillment that comes with finishing a stick. When diagnosed with a sickness, your mindset should always be on how you can be better and on how you can prolong your health. Instead of sleeping late at night, set a definite time for you to be in bed and have sufficient hours of sleep. Choose to cook meals than buy meals. Life is a constant decision-making arena and it will eat you up if you neglect small things. Eat what is right and your body will grant you energy.
4. Believe that you can overcome your sickness. It may be a lifetime illness but once accept it as a part of who you are, then things will go smoother. You will no longer have t decide on what you have to eat because you already know what you should eat. You’d no longer push yourself to the limits because you know what your body limit is. Accept that the sickness is with you, and do not be hindered by it.
Women are not made to succumb to sickness. They embrace it, and do what they can to prevent it from worsening. Your everyday lifestyle choice will aid in your medication so always keep in mind that what you put in your body is what your body will give back.