Medical News Summary: Thyroid disorder underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed


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About: Thyroid disorder underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed
Date: 28 December 2004
Source: Kansas City Nursing News
Author: Lisa Waterman Gray
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Kansas City Nursing News): Due to the similarity of its symptoms to other conditions, many thyroid disorders are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Hypothyroidism (where the thyroid reduces thyroid hormone production) involves the slowdown of the whole metabolism and is the most common form of thyroid disorder. Symptoms include increased weight, fatigue, depression, intolerance to cold, constipation, joint pain, muscle pain, brittle fingernails, brittle hair, pale skin, facial swelling, ankle swelling, foot swelling, leg swelling, muscle pain, muscle spasms, muscle atrophy, joint stiffness, drowsiness and missed menstruation. If the condition is untreated, symptoms may be reduced sense of taste, reduced sense of smell, hoarseness, bloated face, bloated hands, bloated feet, thickening flaky skin, dry flaky skin and slowed rate of speech. Sufferers may have all or only some of these symptoms. Untreated hypothyroidism may also lead to cardiac problems. Treatment usually involves lifetime thyroid hormone replacement medication such as Synthroid or Levoxyl. Up to 15% of people in the US are believed to be prone to hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid hormone production) or Grave’s disease increases the metabolism. Symptoms include nervousness, restlessness, fatigue, heat intolerance, increased sweating, weight loss, thinning hair, brittle nails, frequent bowel movements, menstrual irregularities or absence, bulging eyeballs, sleeping difficulties, nausea, vomiting, itching, hand tremors and high blood pressure. Undiagnosed and untreated hyperthyroidism can increase the risk of osteoporosis, cardiac problems and eye problems. Serious cases require the thyroid to be destroyed by radioactive iodine and they then take a lifetime thyroid hormone medication. The lifetime risk of developing a thyroid disorder in women is 1 in 8 and 1 in 4,000 babies develop the condition (American Medical Women’s Association.
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Related Disease Topics: Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease
Related Symptom Topics: Weight, fatigue, depression, intolerance to cold, constipation, joint pain, muscle pain, brittle fingernails, brittle hair, pale skin, facial swelling, ankle swelling, foot swelling, leg swelling, muscle pain, muscle spasms, muscle atrophy, joint stiffness, drowsiness and missed menstruation, reduced sense of taste, reduced sense of smell, hoarseness, bloated face, bloated hands, bloated feet, thickening flaky skin, dry flaky skin and slowed rate of speech, cardiac problems, increased metabolism, decreased metabolism, nervousness, restlessness, fatigue, heat intolerance, increased sweating, weight loss, thinning hair, brittle nails, frequent bowel movements, menstrual irregularities or absence, bulging eyeballs, sleeping difficulties, nausea, vomiting, itching, hand tremors and high blood pressure, osteoporosis, cardiac problems and eye problems

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  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and weight
  • Diagnosis and fatigue
  • Diagnosis and depression
  • Diagnosis and intolerance to cold
  • Diagnosis and constipation
  • Diagnosis and joint pain
  • Diagnosis and muscle pain
  • Diagnosis and brittle fingernails
  • Diagnosis and brittle hair
  • Diagnosis and pale skin
  • Diagnosis and facial swelling
  • Diagnosis and ankle swelling
  • Diagnosis and foot swelling
  • Diagnosis and leg swelling
  • Diagnosis and muscle pain
  • Diagnosis and muscle spasms
  • Diagnosis and muscle atrophy
  • Diagnosis and joint stiffness
  • Diagnosis and drowsiness and missed menstruation
  • Diagnosis and reduced sense of taste
  • Diagnosis and reduced sense of smell
  • Diagnosis and hoarseness
  • Diagnosis and bloated face
  • Diagnosis and bloated hands
  • Diagnosis and bloated feet
  • Diagnosis and thickening flaky skin
  • Diagnosis and dry flaky skin and slowed rate of speech
  • Diagnosis and cardiac problems
  • Diagnosis and increased metabolism
  • Diagnosis and decreased metabolism
  • Diagnosis and nervousness
  • Diagnosis and restlessness
  • Diagnosis and fatigue
  • Diagnosis and heat intolerance
  • Diagnosis and increased sweating
  • Diagnosis and weight loss
  • Diagnosis and thinning hair
  • Diagnosis and brittle nails
  • Diagnosis and frequent bowel movements
  • Diagnosis and menstrual irregularities or absence
  • Diagnosis and bulging eyeballs
  • Diagnosis and sleeping difficulties
  • Diagnosis and nausea
  • Diagnosis and vomiting
  • Diagnosis and itching
  • Diagnosis and hand tremors and high blood pressure
  • Diagnosis and osteoporosis
  • Diagnosis and cardiac problems and eye problems
  • Diagnosis and hypothyroidism
  • Diagnosis and hyperthyroidism
  • Diagnosis and Grave’s disease
  • Misdiagnosis (type of Medical misadventure)
  • Misdiagnosis and weight
  • Misdiagnosis and fatigue
  • misdiagnosis and depression
  • misdiagnosis and intolerance to cold
  • misdiagnosis and constipation
  • Misdiagnosis and joint pain
  • misdiagnosis and muscle pain
  • Misdiagnosis and brittle fingernails
  • Misdiagnosis and brittle hair
  • Misdiagnosis and pale skin
  • Misdiagnosis and facial swelling
  • Misdiagnosis and ankle swelling
  • Misdiagnosis and foot swelling
  • Misdiagnosis and leg swelling
  • misdiagnosis and muscle pain
  • Misdiagnosis and muscle spasms
  • Misdiagnosis and muscle atrophy
  • Misdiagnosis and joint stiffness
  • Misdiagnosis and drowsiness and missed menstruation
  • Misdiagnosis and reduced sense of taste
  • Misdiagnosis and reduced sense of smell
  • misdiagnosis and hoarseness
  • Misdiagnosis and bloated face
  • Misdiagnosis and bloated hands
  • Misdiagnosis and bloated feet
  • Misdiagnosis and thickening flaky skin
  • Misdiagnosis and dry flaky skin and slowed rate of speech
  • misdiagnosis and cardiac problems
  • Misdiagnosis and increased metabolism
  • Misdiagnosis and decreased metabolism
  • Misdiagnosis and nervousness
  • Misdiagnosis and restlessness
  • Misdiagnosis and fatigue
  • Misdiagnosis and heat intolerance
  • Misdiagnosis and increased sweating
  • Misdiagnosis and weight loss
  • Misdiagnosis and thinning hair
  • Misdiagnosis and brittle nails
  • Misdiagnosis and frequent bowel movements
  • Misdiagnosis and menstrual irregularities or absence
  • Misdiagnosis and bulging eyeballs
  • Misdiagnosis and sleeping difficulties
  • Misdiagnosis and nausea
  • Misdiagnosis and vomiting
  • Misdiagnosis and itching
  • Misdiagnosis and hand tremors and high blood pressure
  • misdiagnosis and osteoporosis
  • Misdiagnosis and cardiac problems and eye problems
  • misdiagnosis and hypothyroidism
  • misdiagnosis and hyperthyroidism
  • misdiagnosis and Grave’s disease
  • Undiagnosed
  • Undiagnosed and weight
  • Undiagnosed and fatigue
  • Undiagnosed and depression
  • Undiagnosed and intolerance to cold
  • Undiagnosed and constipation
  • Undiagnosed and joint pain
  • Undiagnosed and muscle pain
  • Undiagnosed and brittle fingernails
  • Undiagnosed and brittle hair
  • Undiagnosed and pale skin
  • Undiagnosed and facial swelling
  • Undiagnosed and ankle swelling
  • Undiagnosed and foot swelling
  • Undiagnosed and leg swelling
  • Undiagnosed and muscle pain
  • Undiagnosed and muscle spasms
  • Undiagnosed and muscle atrophy
  • Undiagnosed and joint stiffness
  • Undiagnosed and drowsiness and missed menstruation
  • Undiagnosed and reduced sense of taste
  • Undiagnosed and reduced sense of smell
  • Undiagnosed and hoarseness
  • Undiagnosed and bloated face
  • Undiagnosed and bloated hands
  • Undiagnosed and bloated feet
  • Undiagnosed and thickening flaky skin
  • Undiagnosed and dry flaky skin and slowed rate of speech
  • Undiagnosed and cardiac problems
  • Undiagnosed and increased metabolism
  • Undiagnosed and decreased metabolism
  • Undiagnosed and nervousness
  • Undiagnosed and restlessness
  • Undiagnosed and fatigue
  • Undiagnosed and heat intolerance
  • Undiagnosed and increased sweating
  • Undiagnosed and weight loss
  • Undiagnosed and thinning hair
  • Undiagnosed and brittle nails
  • Undiagnosed and frequent bowel movements
  • Undiagnosed and menstrual irregularities or absence
  • Undiagnosed and bulging eyeballs
  • Undiagnosed and sleeping difficulties
  • Undiagnosed and nausea
  • Undiagnosed and vomiting
  • Undiagnosed and itching
  • Undiagnosed and hand tremors and high blood pressure
  • Undiagnosed and osteoporosis
  • Undiagnosed and cardiac problems and eye problems
  • Undiagnosed and hypothyroidism
  • Undiagnosed and hyperthyroidism
  • Undiagnosed and Grave’s disease
  • Underdiagnosed
  • Underdiagnosed and weight
  • Underdiagnosed and fatigue
  • Underdiagnosed and depression
  • Underdiagnosed and intolerance to cold
  • Underdiagnosed and constipation
  • Underdiagnosed and joint pain
  • Underdiagnosed and muscle pain
  • Underdiagnosed and brittle fingernails
  • Underdiagnosed and brittle hair
  • Underdiagnosed and pale skin
  • Underdiagnosed and facial swelling
  • Underdiagnosed and ankle swelling
  • Underdiagnosed and foot swelling
  • Underdiagnosed and leg swelling
  • Underdiagnosed and muscle pain
  • Underdiagnosed and muscle spasms
  • Underdiagnosed and muscle atrophy
  • Underdiagnosed and joint stiffness
  • Underdiagnosed and drowsiness and missed menstruation
  • Underdiagnosed and reduced sense of taste
  • Underdiagnosed and reduced sense of smell
  • Underdiagnosed and hoarseness
  • Underdiagnosed and bloated face
  • Underdiagnosed and bloated hands
  • Underdiagnosed and bloated feet
  • Underdiagnosed and thickening flaky skin
  • Underdiagnosed and dry flaky skin and slowed rate of speech
  • Underdiagnosed and cardiac problems
  • Underdiagnosed and increased metabolism
  • Underdiagnosed and decreased metabolism
  • Underdiagnosed and nervousness
  • Underdiagnosed and restlessness
  • Underdiagnosed and fatigue
  • Underdiagnosed and heat intolerance
  • Underdiagnosed and increased sweating
  • Underdiagnosed and weight loss
  • Underdiagnosed and thinning hair
  • Underdiagnosed and brittle nails
  • Underdiagnosed and frequent bowel movements
  • Underdiagnosed and menstrual irregularities or absence
  • Underdiagnosed and bulging eyeballs
  • Underdiagnosed and sleeping difficulties
  • Underdiagnosed and nausea
  • Underdiagnosed and vomiting
  • Underdiagnosed and itching
  • Underdiagnosed and hand tremors and high blood pressure
  • Underdiagnosed and osteoporosis
  • Underdiagnosed and cardiac problems and eye problems
  • Underdiagnosed and hypothyroidism
  • Underdiagnosed and hyperthyroidism
  • Underdiagnosed and Grave’s disease
  • Medication
  • Medication and weight
  • medication and fatigue
  • medication and depression
  • medication and intolerance to cold
  • medication and constipation
  • medication and joint pain
  • medication and muscle pain
  • Medication and brittle fingernails
  • medication and brittle hair
  • medication and pale skin
  • medication and facial swelling
  • medication and ankle swelling
  • medication and foot swelling
  • medication and leg swelling
  • medication and muscle pain
  • medication and muscle spasms
  • medication and muscle atrophy
  • medication and joint stiffness
  • Medication and drowsiness and missed menstruation
  • Medication and reduced sense of taste
  • medication and reduced sense of smell
  • medication and hoarseness
  • Medication and bloated face
  • Medication and bloated hands
  • Medication and bloated feet
  • Medication and thickening flaky skin
  • Medication and dry flaky skin and slowed rate of speech
  • medication and cardiac problems
  • Medication and increased metabolism
  • Medication and decreased metabolism
  • medication and nervousness
  • medication and restlessness
  • medication and fatigue
  • medication and heat intolerance
  • medication and increased sweating
  • medication and weight loss
  • medication and thinning hair
  • medication and brittle nails
  • medication and frequent bowel movements
  • Medication and menstrual irregularities or absence
  • Medication and bulging eyeballs
  • Medication and sleeping difficulties
  • medication and nausea
  • medication and vomiting
  • medication and itching
  • Medication and hand tremors and high blood pressure
  • medication and osteoporosis
  • Medication and cardiac problems and eye problems
  • medication and hypothyroidism
  • medication and hyperthyroidism
  • medication and Grave’s disease

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