You will need
  • - stopwatch (to determine heart rate);
  • - Libra.
Changes in the thyroid gland will affect the condition of hair, skin and nails. Excessive dryness of the skin, its pale, dense "slimy" swelling indicate of low thyroid function (hypothyroidism). High levels of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism) skin soft, moist, velvety. Tuberosity and brittle nails, split ends are also talking about thyroid problems.
Pay attention to your heart. Suspicious for hyperthyroidism too frequent pulse, attacks of palpitation without contact with physical exercise. Of hypothyroidism evidence of slow, low heart rate, shortness of breath.
Keep track of your weight. Together with other factors, thyroid hormones affect body weight. Weight loss together with other symptoms indicates an increase in the level of thyroid hormones. Gain pounds, in spite of lifestyle or trying to lose weight, allow you to suspect hypothyroidism.
Don't miss out thyroid disease when you change the emotional background. In most cases, hyperthyroidism emotional instability. Appear insomnia, tearfulness, anger, irritability. Not always these changes are paying attention, connecting them with stressful lives or poor character. However, this is one of the most obvious and frequent signs of the disease. Hypothyroidism causes some emotional confusion, lethargy, lethargy, loss of vitality.
Monitor the condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Prolonged constipation or frequent stools up to five or six times a day without any impurities in the stool may be the consequence of modified hormonal levels, and not digestive issues.
With increasing thyroid size on the front of the neck becomes visible goiter. Often it is symmetric, touch, painless, the skin over it is not changed. The presence of a goiter is usually felt, patients complain of choking, feeling of lump in the throat. Another specific symptom — ophthalmopathy, in this case eyeballs "protrude" out of my head.
Contact your doctor if you suspect thyroid disease. To confirm the diagnosis, to determine the level of hormones in the blood, ultrasound of the thyroid gland.