Thyroid problems are common and are thought to affect up to 5% of the adult population with more women than men being affected. Our comprehensive list of thyroid tests can be used to diagnose a thyroid problem or to monitor an already identified thyroid condition. Details on obtaining a thyroid test are below, contact us today for more information.
Hypothyroidism means that your thyroid is underactive and is most likely to affect people over the age of 50. Hyperthryroidism means that your thyroid is overactive and is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.
Symptoms of thyroid conditions are non-specific and often begin mildly. Many people with thryoid problems go undiagnosed believing their symptoms to be simply signs of ageing. However, thryoid problems can beome debilitating, severely affecting your quality of life. Both an underactive and an overactive thyroid can cause a swelling of the gland (goitre) but many symptoms can be present without this classic sign.
Thyroid problems can be treated effectively through hormone replacement or antithyroid drugs.
Many of the symptoms of a thyroid disorder are non-specific and can be attributed to other conditions or even no problem whatsoever. it is useful to have a Thyroid Check as a first step to confirm or rule out a Thryroid disorder. We recommend a Thyroid Check if you have 3 or more of the common symptoms.
Symptoms of an underactive thryoid include:
lethargy and excessive sleeping
unexplained weight gain
difficulty losing weight
feeling cold (when others are warm)
dry hair and brittle nails
slow heart beat
muscle aches and pains
Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include:
feeling fidgety and nervous
unexplained weight loss
frequent bowel movements or diarrhoea
feeling hot and sweaty