Thyroid Awareness

Thyroxine and triiodothyronine produced by the thyroid are extremely important for the regulation of the body’s metabolism, affecting heart rate and body temperature while helping to control how fast the body uses energy from food. Every cell in the body depends on thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
• Difficulty breathing
• Hyperactivity
• Mood swings, irritability and nervousness
• Difficulty sleeping
• Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
• Muscle weakness
• Needing to pass stools (feces) or urine frequently
• Diarrhea or steatorrhea (excess fat in your stools)
• Sensitivity to heat and excess sweating
• Increased appetite
• Sudden weight loss or gain
• Very infrequent, or light periods, or periods stopping altogether
• Infertility
• Loss of interest in sex

Signs of Hypothyroidism:
• A swelling in your neck caused by an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
• Uncoordinated rhythm between your heartbeat and pulse
• A rapid resting heart rate
• A tremor (trembling or shaking)
• Warm, moist skin
• Redness on the palms of your hands
• Loosening of your nails in their nail beds
• Itchy skin with raised itchy swellings (urticaria)
• Patchy hair loss (diffuse alopecia)
• Twitching in your face and limbs

Alterations in the hormones produced by the thyroid cause an increased risk for osteoporosis, especially in the elderly population.

At Orianna Health Systems, our centers are committed to caring for our patients’ needs and expectations with empathy, compassion, dignity and integrity. If you find yourself with hyperthyroidism in addition to other medical needs, our employees are well prepared and educated in managing the symptoms.  Our centers apply a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce symptoms, increase participation in physical and social activities, and, if possible, discharge patients to their homes or to a lower level of care.

 

For more information on our centers, admissions and their full suite of services, contact Central Admissions at 864.688.3992.