One of the body’s largest endocrine glands, the thyroid is an important gland situated in the neck. It controls how the body makes proteins and burns energy. The thyroid also assists in the production of certain hormones that regulate metabolism.
When not functioning properly, it is important to speak with a doctor about your thyroid. In general, there are two disorders commonly associated with the thyroid – hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid produces too much thyroxin. Also known as an overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism can cause an irregular heartbeat, sudden loss in weight, irritability, anxiety and unexplained sweating. Because hyperthyroidism mimics other health complications, it can be difficult to diagnose. As always, we recommend contacting a QuickRxRefill Doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms indicative to hyperthyroidism.
On the flip side of thyroid disease is hypothyroidism. Often referred to as under active thyroid, this condition occurs when the thyroid fails to produce enough of specific hormones. According to the Mayo Clinic, women over the age of 50 are more likely to suffer from the disorder. Hypothyroidism symptoms may include sensitivity to cold, dry skin, constipation, fatigue, weight gain, depression, brittle fingernails, muscle weakness, hoarse voice, elevated blood cholesterol, and joint stiffness.
While rare, individual’s who suffer from hypothyroidism run the risk of developing advanced hypothyroidism if not treated properly. Advanced hypothyroidism (myxedema) can be life threatening. Symptoms include decrease in body temperature, low blood pressure, and unresponsiveness. Untreated cases can lead to a coma or death.To learn more about hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, get an prescription for thyroid condition by connecting with a QuickRxRefill Doctor who can provide you with information and treatment options specific to your condition.
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