Monthly Archives: December 2015

Why Thyroid Disorders Go Undiagnosed


75403608Your thyroid is the gland in your endocrine system that produces the hormones necessary to regulate your metabolism, which in turn produces the energy you need to keep your heart, lungs and spleen functioning. When your thyroid is working correctly, you’ll only know it’s there because everything is working as it should.

However, the American Thyroid Association estimates that “over 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and that women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.” Thyroid disorders include: Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Goiter, Thyroid Nodules and Thyroid Cancer. There is good news, though: with early detection and proper medication and monitoring, most thyroid diseases can be managed, allowing people to live a quality life.   

Unfortunately, there’s bad news too. American Thyroid Association also estimates that as many as 60% of people with a thyroid disorder aren’t even aware that they have one. Could you be one of these people?

The reason that thyroid disease often goes undiagnosed is that many of the symptoms can be easily attributed to other disorders. For example, fatigue, weight gain or loss, and changes in heart rate or mood can all be chalked up to stress. Gastrointestinal issues are most often thought to be food intolerance and reproductive system problems can stem from sexual health. Sweating or chills can occur with the common cold or flu, while a lump in the neck can be mistaken for swollen glands, another symptom of a cold. Additional, and often misattributed, symptoms of a thyroid gland disorder include: hair loss, brain fog, muscle weakness, and trembling or tingling in the hands — all of which can indicate a number of illnesses.

It’s no wonder, then, that thyroid disease often goes underdiagnosed by patients and physicians alike. When suffering from the respiratory symptoms, people may ignore them or pop over-the-counter allergy or prescription medications. People trying to combat the symptoms of  stress and anxiety may resort to methods such as meditation, yoga or messages. While all of these treatments are helpful when undertaken for the correct illness, they will do little for your thyroid condition. Consequently, if you keep trying these means for relief, not only will you continue to feel miserable and risk more serious health issues, but you will also have spent time and money working in the wrong direction.

So, if you do you find that you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms and haven’t been able to alleviate them, schedule an appointment with Westwood ENT to see how we can help. When you come in, one of our knowledgeable physicians will sit down with you and thoroughly discuss your symptoms, diagnostic processes and treatments specific to what you are going through. Whether you need medication that targets your thyroid, surgery, or both, you will be in excellent hands at Westwood.

It’s time to stop wasting your precious time and energy on chasing incorrect diagnoses and ineffective treatments. Call us today at (888) 230-3715 and see how you can finally get to the bottom of your symptoms and address your thyroid issues properly.