The thyroid gland can be affected by four problems, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules and goiter. Except for the last two, the others usually go undetected. Even in thyroid nodules and goiter, detection usually occurs when the thyroid gland starts swelling. So why do thyroid problems usually go undetected.
Thyroid problems have symptoms similar to other problems of the body. Most of these problems can be treated with off the counter medication. These symptoms include fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration, weight loss or weight gain among others. As you can see, they are similar to symptoms of common day problems like stress and depression.
Since the symptoms of thyroid problems resemble those of common problems, people usually go for the most easily available medication they can find. However, the medication can provide only temporary solutions since the root cause of the problem has not been tackled.
Another reason why thyroid diseases go undetected is the lack of knowledge concerning them. Many people believe that the swelling of the thyroid gland is the only sign of thyroid problems. In addition, many believe that since they consume food containing iodine, they can’t develop thyroid problems. However, these problems can develop even in people who consume food containing iodine.
Anyone can develop thyroid problems. This can be through genes, the food you eat or even exposure to radiation. It is important that you get as much information about the different causes of these problems and take measures to prevent developing them.
In some instances, treating one thyroid problem results in the development of another thyroid problem. For example, treating hyperthyroidism can result in the development of hypothyroidism. Since some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism like weight gain are exactly what the patient needed. This way, the thyroid disease goes undetected until its effects on the body start taking toll.