The thyroid is a small gland in your neck that you may go your whole life ignoring, unless it does something it’s not supposed to do. Things your thyroid isn’t supposed to do include:

The most common problem people experience with their thyroid is that it stops making sufficient thyroid hormone. When this happens, medications must be taken to replace the missing hormone and control symptoms of hypothyroidism, which include but are not limited to:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss and/or texture changes

Hyperthyroidism: This occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism can have dangerous consequences and must be treated. Symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Jitteriness, nervousness, tremors
  • Heart palpitations
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Diarrhea
  • Proptosis of the eyes (eyes protruding from the sockets)

Nodules/swelling: The thyroid gland may develop nodules, lumps, or swelling. These are often benign (ie. not dangerous) but may occasionally be related to hypo- or hyperthyroidism or, in rare cases, may be cancer. Any lumps or swelling in the front of the throat should be evaluated. Neither Largo Clinic nor Dr. Kamajian represents themselves as endocrinologists.  We can identify, monitor and treat thyroid disease and, most importantly, offer affordable follow up care when your options are limited due to economic reasons.