Multinodular thyroid symptoms

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Multinodular thyroid symptoms
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Thyroid disease has become an ever increasing diagnosis for Americans. There are many different forms of thyroid disease, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves disease, Hashimoto's disease and multinodular goitre. A multinodular goitre is a specific thyroid condition that can cause symptoms that can effect a person's quality of daily life.

Cardiovascular Changes

A multinodular goitre can cause changes in the cardiovascular system. A multinodular goitre is often accompanied by an overabundance of thyroid hormone in the body, which can cause heart palpitations, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, or shortness of breath. It is common for people to mistake cardiovascular changes that are caused by a multinodular goitre for a heart attack or stroke.

Nervous System Changes

The nervous system is directly connected to the thyroid gland, and therefore affected by the presence of a multinodular goitre. People have experienced symptoms such as anxiety, depression the sudden onset of phobias or panic attacks as a result of having a multinodular goitre and too much thyroid hormone in the body.

Palpable Changes

Palpable changes can either be felt by your doctor or by yourself, depending on how large or advanced the goitre is. If the multinodular goitre is smaller, it may go unnoticed until your doctor inspects your thyroid gland during a routine visit. If the multinodular goitre is larger, you can easily feel a swelling in the neck, which may or may not be accompanied by a few round and hard thyroid nodules. Typically 95% of these nodules are benign, and do not indicate that cancer is present.

Weight Changes

Weight can be affected by having either too much or too little thyroid hormone in the body. When a multinodular goitre is present, there is typically an overabundance of thyroid hormone, which can cause the metabolism to speed up and an unexpected or sudden loss of weight.

Sleep Changes

Excess thyroid hormone in the body from a multinodular goitre can cause the system to speed up and can interfere with the body's ability to sleep. Over time, lack of sleep can negatively effect a person's overall health and wellness. In order to reclaim a more sound sleep, have your thyroid gland and hormone levels checked by your doctor. If your thyroid gland has a multinodular goitre, you may need to take a thyroid hormone suppressant medication to reduce thyroid hormone in the body.

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