Thyroid Condition Diagnosis And Treatment

One of the biggest obstacles to proper diagnosing thyroid problems is that the symptoms mimic those of so many other common conditions. For example you may think that the weight loss may be due to your increasingly sedentary lifestyle or that the increasing fatigue or irritability you are experiencing is because you are feeling extremely stressed due to being overworked either in the workplace or even at home. However, sudden weight gain or weight loss, irritability, fatigue and muscle weakness are all also signs of thyroid conditions.

To best way to ascertain the root cause of the unusual symptoms you are experiencing is by going to your doctor and getting a thorough checkup.

Common Diagnostic Methods

In order to diagnose whether or not you have any problems with the gland, your doctor will focus on cardiac, neurologic, skin and vision findings. This is done using different types of tests and scans depending on the results of the initial findings.
The first test that is usually done is the TSH or thyroid- stimulating hormone test, which calculates the amount of hormones in the blood. Excessive amounts of hormones indicates that the problem is due to over-production whereas lower than normal amounts indicates that the gland is not producing enough hormones.

Other blood tests may include the Free T4, TSH receptor antibody or TSI and the Antithyroid antibody tests.

In addition to blood tests, your doctor may also do a nuclear thyroid scan by injecting or asking you to swallow a minuscule amount of radioactive iodine. An increase or decrease in iodine update could be an indication of hyper or hypo thyroidism.

Thyroid ultrasound is another exam that helps to determine the number, size and types of nodules that are present in the gland.

Fine-needle aspiration is another testing procedure, in which the doctor obtains a sample of issue using a fine needle. This is usually done using an ultrasound as guidance. The tissue that is obtained is then under a microscope to detect any signs of cancer.

Effective Treatment Options

There are no home treatments for this condition as most of the underlying factors are beyond the scope of home care. You must go to a doctor to get a proper medical evaluation and treatment.

Some of the more common non-invasive treatment options may include medication and treatment using radioactive iodide. In most cases, both of these treatment methods are very effective in suppressing or even completely halting the production of hormones. Sometimes, however, when more aggressive methods are required, the doctor may recommend surgery.

Tips for Exercising With Hypothyroidism

Choose the right time of the day – morning is usually the best time to exercise for most people. But with hypothyroidism, this may not be the best time for you. You will likely wake up already feeling exhausted.

Exercise can be a great treatment for hypothyroidism, but you must determine when you are most energetic and exercise at this time. This may be in the evening, in the afternoon, or late in the morning.

And if fatigue continues to be a problem, then you must focus on undemanding exercises like yoga or walking.

Build muscle – this may be the last thing on your exercising to-do list. But building muscle is important in many ways. Not only will you be strong, but having more muscle has been proven to burn more fat by increasing metabolism, even when you are at rest.

There are lots of exercises you can use to build muscle. If you would like to do them at home, then you can buy free weights to use. Alternatively, you can build muscle with strength training exercises. These include pushups, lunges, leg raises, and squats. If these aren’t for you, then visit any nearby gym; you will find a good selection of equipment aimed at building muscle.

Get motivated to exercise – when just getting started with exercise, you will likely be very motivated. You will see yourself exercising every day. However, it does not take long before all this motivation disappears. And you may soon find yourself sedentary.

But there are lots of tricks you can use to keep your motivation. One of them is by listening to music while you exercise. This makes the workout fun and it distracts you so you don’t pay attention to your exhaustion.

Secondly, you can also try working out with friends. Just make sure that your goals are not broadly different. This will ensure that you do the same exercises most of the times.

Create fitness goals – it is pointless to start exercising without first having a goal; you won’t know what you would like to gain in the end. And chances of losing your motivation are high.

Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want to build muscle? Whatever it is that you want, make sure that it’s specific. And it helps to write it down so you can look at it at least once a day.

Don’t do the same exercise every day – the body can easily adapt to exercises. And when this happens, you stop making gains and exercises become less taxing. If possible, try to do a different exercise every time. If this is not an option, then keep altering the exercise you do; for example, if you only walk, you may try walking for 30 minutes today, 45 minutes tomorrow, and 35 minutes the day after while carrying a bag.