Thyroid Disorder – Know it well ‘Thyroweight’
I recall that summer very well, scorching hot sun blazing over our heads and we were waiting frantically for some cooler. It was the same time when my class friend’s mother asked me why my neck looks swollen? Ignoring her inquisitive eyes, I went on with life and school as usual. Being a foodie that I am and always was, suddenly all dresses started getting tighter. Mother, raised her eyebrows and dictated ban on junk. Soon, morning walks added to my day’s routine but nothing much altered.
It was a social gathering at city’s club where we met dad’s friend, who was also an E.N.T Surgeon. When I greeted him, he immediately whispered something in Dad’s ears. Next day we (Dad and me) were sitting inside his 6×6 medical clinic. He conducted some funny tests and gave some more for pathology labs. I was wondering, what has happened to me? In a day or two reports arrived and another visit to Doctor’s clinic confirmed I have Thyroid disorder. Hypothyroidism! What’s that? I don’t have fever nor I feel sick – so what is this all about? I was just a kid when got diagnosed and luckily for me, circumstances were in favor and got treated on time.
What is Thyroid? And why it is important?
The thyroid gland, or thyroid, as we call it is a gland in our neck. It secretes hormones regulating growth and development that maintains metabolism.
These hormones have effects on almost everything our body does. From breathing to central nervous system. BODY WEIGHT to bodily activity and menstrual cycles, cholesterol levels to muscle strength.
These hormones further influence growth, development and reproduction in our body. Now, do you understand why doctors always prescribe Thyroid checks during pregnancy!
If you have noticed; when we are visiting a Doctor for any health-related worry, the first question on their check-list is – Do you have or had Thyroid disorder?
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Can I have thyroid disorder too?
First and foremost, thyroid is not a disease. It’s a symptom or a disorder where the gland produces lesser (Hypothyroidism) or excess (Hyperthyroidism) hormones (which was my case too). With correct diagnosis and proper medication, one can lead a normal life. There are quite a few symptoms to gauge if you have this disorder or not, but the most critical among all are – Unexplained Weight gain and Tiredness.
Weight gain experienced during thyroid disorder with tiredness is Thyroweight. This is the most common symptom for thyroid one must watch out for.
We take body signs or signals casually; small weight gains are never taken seriously. Thyroid disorders also have the tendency to run in families. Hence, if you find unexplained weight gain or extreme tiredness without any specific reason and a family history of thyroid disorder- visit the Doctor immediately instead of attributing it to lifestyle changes or family history.
#RuleOutThyroweight – recently I got an opportunity to attend a blogger’s meet with a cause. Educate & Create Awareness about thyroid disorder – About Thyroweight. We often take unexplained weight gain and tiredness as a common thing. Due to our casual attitude towards health – most of hypothyroidism cases (with thyroweight as a major symptom) goes undiagnosed.
During this meet, Dr.Shehla Sheikh explained in detail, that patients come to her with problems related to irregular menstrual cycles and hair loss. When diagnosed for TSH, found to be cases of Hypothyroidism.
What should I do – I have thyroid disorder?
It is perfectly fine if you have Thyroid disorder. I too had once, and with proper treatment I could manage to get my levels back to normal. Today I am leading a perfectly normal life, with a growing super active kid and happy life.
The Special Guest speaker at Thyroweight blogger’s meet was Bollywood Diva – Ms. Juhi Chawla. She shared her anecdotes on how her very close family members have thyroid disorders and they are leading perfectly normal and active life. Proper medication is the key to win over this disorder. Again, they are regular with their medication. Its just a small pill every morning.
If you have any of signs or symptoms, consult your doctor and get TSH (Thyroid function test) done. The test is quite simple and can be done in any pathology lab across country. Once, its diagnosed that you have thyroid disorder, start medication. Proper medication and correct counselling can help you understand it in better way.
The treatment is very easy and quite affordable for everyone. All we need is – get a test done and consult an expert. Live a healthy life – eat in balance, exercise and stay alert of symptoms which might signal thyroid disorder.