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Having problems with your thyroid?

What is your thyroid gland?

The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate physiological functions in your body such as your metabolism by controlling the rate of oxygen and calorie conversion to energy.

The thyroid gland is shaped in two halves with a right and left lobe located in the middle of the lower neck.

The thyroid makes two hormones that it releases into the bloodstream. One hormone is called thyroxine containing four atoms of iodine and the other is triiodothyronine containing three atoms of iodine. When the body converts thyroxine into triiodothyronine it is then released into the blood from your thyroid gland which influences the activity of all the cells and tissues within your body.

What can go wrong with your thyroid?

There are two main problems that can occur with your thyroid which are:

  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) – this is when not enough thyroxine is produced for the body’s needs.
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) – this is when too much thyroxine is produced for the body’s needs.

Out of the two, hypothyroidism is the most common disorder.

Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders

If you have hypothyroidism you may experience tiredness, feeling cold, weight gain, poor concentration, depression.

If you have hyperthyroidism you may experience weight loss, heat intolerance, anxiety and sometimes, sore and gritty eyes.

In some cases, you may have very few symptoms, to confirm whether or not you have a thyroid disorder a blood test will be required.

How are thyroid disorders diagnosed?

If you feel as though you are experiencing some of the symptoms above or notice any abnormal lumps on your neck you can see our endocrinology consultant.

Endocrinologists are specialists in dealing with the thyroid gland and can provide the necessary diagnosis, treatment, and surgery if necessary.

The consultant will devise a treatment plan to help manage the symptoms you have.

Can thyroid diseases be treated?

Yes, whether your thyroid is underactive or overactive, there are measures in place that allow this to be treated. In most cases, thyroid disorders can be treated with daily medication.

If your particular disorder cannot be controlled with medication, your specialist consultant will advise you of other treatments or surgery that is available to alleviate any symptoms that you are experiencing.

Need to see a specialist?

Here at The New Foscote, we have expert endocrine surgeon Mr Shad Khan, having completed a fellowship in the Oxford Endocrine Unit and presenting and teaching at the British Association of Endocrine & Thyroid Surgeons he knows all about how to get you back to feeling your best.

To see more about Mr Shad Khan click here

To book a consultation call us on 01295 252281 or email us at appointments@foscote.hospital!