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Signs You May Have a Thyroid Disorder

Thyroid disorders come with a multitude of symptoms that can be hard to recognize from other illnesses. Thyroid disorders tend to be hard to diagnose for doctors and healthcare professionals because of their symptoms. However, once diagnosed, healthcare professionals have ways of treating the disorder.

What is Thyroid Disorder?

Thyroid disorder can be classified medically as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland isn’t able to produce enough crucial hormones to produce energy, control growth, and manage the metabolism. When the body doesn’t produce enough of these hormones, it will slow the metabolism, causing weight gain, weariness, develop skin conditions, and other underlying medical issues. Another form of a thyroid disorder, hyperthyroidism, produces the opposite reaction, where it produces too many hormones, causing symptoms similar to hypothyroidism, but with exceptions, such as a sped-up metabolism and nervous energy.

Symptoms of Thyroid Disorder

Hypothyroidism can vary in its symptoms, including:

Tiredness/ Weariness

One of the most common but inconspicuous symptoms associated with thyroid disorder is feeling tired. Those suffering from thyroid problems will often experience issues with maintaining energy, and will constantly feel fatigued no matter how much sleep they get. Those with a low thyroid function will feel confused, shaky, and nervous regularly due to the lack of hormones produced. If you find that you’re experiencing severe fatigue, then you may need to get your thyroid checked.

Weight Gain/Loss

Lower thyroid levels can cause changes in weight due to the impact it has on the metabolism. Weight gain, typically caused by a slower metabolism, can be difficult to remove when you have an inactive thyroid. Low thyroid levels cause weight loss to be a harder task to accomplish, even with regular exercise and a healthy diet. With an overactive thyroid, the body will burn calories at a higher rate than normal, which, while it may sound great on the surface, it can become fatal when combined with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

Irregular Menstrual Cycles

Both forms of thyroidism can complicate a women’s menstrual cycle, causing intense and longer periods than normal. Periods that happen heavier and over a longer time, then it can potentially be an under-active thyroid causing the issue. For those who are producing too many hormones, periods can become lighter and more spaced apart. In these cases, thyroid function can cause problems with ovulation, which can affect pregnancies.

Thinning Hair

Thinning hair can be seen as one of the most obvious signs of a thyroid disorder because of its distinct effects on the body. Thinning hair, especially around the eyebrows, can indicate if you have a thyroid problem because the thyroid hormones control hair growth, and thus are more sensitive to thyroid issues. If you’ve been experiencing problems with hair loss, then consider speaking with your doctor about the issues you’re facing and ask about thyroidism as a potential cause.

If you have any of the symptoms above, and you believe you may be experiencing a hypothyroid or hyperthyroid disorder, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trang D Nguyen at the Conroe Family Doctor practice. Located in Conroe, TX, Dr. Nguyen will be able to help alleviate the symptoms you’re experiencing and help you get your life back on track.

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Understanding COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, known to most as the Coronavirus, has been a trying time for our patient family. With conflicting information appearing on the internet, news, and even from our president and CDC, it can be difficult to sift out the fact from the fiction. The shelter-in-place order that came into effect this past week has added a new set of challenges, separating us from friends and family and disrupting our normal day-to-day life. In the midst of all this, it can be helpful to understand the disease and how to identify if you might be at risk or experiencing symptoms. To that end, we put together a short guide to help ease the minds of our patient family and see them through this unsettling time.

COVID-19: What Is It?

Many of you will remember the MERS and SARS outbreaks that happened over the past decade. In both these cases, the disease was quickly able to be contained and treated, preventing a pandemic from taking place. Both of these diseases were part of the Coronavirus family, and so is Covid-19. What sets COVID-19 apart is that there is no cure for it at present, and the treatments available for it are more supportive than curative in nature. The belief that it was “merely the flu” led to the warnings and guidelines set in place early in the pandemic not being taken seriously, aiding its spread.

What Is A Pandemic?

The phrase “pandemic” is a term that can be scary. A pandemic is a term used to describe a disease that is international or even global in nature. What it does not indicate is the severity of the illness or its lethality; Instead, it describes its range and, to some degree, the number of cases identified. While a pandemic isn’t necessarily dangerous, the COVID-19 pandemic must be taken seriously given its infectiousness, lack of a cure, and risk to those with compromised immune systems.

What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19?

Without a clear understanding of the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, every cough, sneeze, or body ache can be worrisome. The most common signs of infection by COVID-19 include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Diarrhea

Take comforting knowing that the majority of healthy children who have experienced a COVID-19 infection have only had mild symptoms and did not require hospital care to recover. If any of these symptoms are present, call our offices, and we’ll help determine the best next steps. We’re always happy to help set worried patient’s minds at ease, especially during times like these.

If you have more questions about the COVID-19 virus and how to protect your family from it, you can start by calling our offices for information. A simple regimen of practicing social distancing, washing your hands and face regularly, and only going out when you need to are great first steps. Trang D Nguyen and the team at Conroe Family Doctor are here for you, your family, Montgomery county, and the Conroe, TX Community.

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