Important symptoms to watch for during National Thyroid Awareness Month

National Thyroid Awareness Month

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This is National Thyroid Awareness Month, and the list of symptoms is long.

Too much, or too little thyroid hormone can make you feel either very tired, or jittery, extremely hot,  over-heated. You may even struggle with frequent diarrhea or constipation, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, or sudden hair loss.

Dr. Anupa Patel, an Endocrinologist, says those are the subtle symptoms, but there is another clue that should not be ignored.

She says, "A lump in the throat is something you should seek medical attention for.  There is an increased incidence in thyroid cancer so it could be as easy as getting a thyroid ultrasound done to see if you have a nodule, which is a lump or a bump in the thyroid gland."

Dr. Patel says thyroid problems are five times more common in women, but men suffer too.

So, If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, tell your doctor.

Thyroid screening is a simple blood test.  And Dr. Patel says often, thyroid trouble can be fixed with the right prescription.

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