- Feelings of anxiety, irritability, nervousness
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight loss
- Enlarged thyroid gland/goiter
- Muscle weakness and tremors
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Sensitivity to heat
- Vision problems
Thyroid conditions can be a result of many causes such as a family history of thyroid disease. They can be present at birth or begin later in life due to an imbalance in thyroid hormones. This imbalance can be caused by factors such as hormonal changes in the body as a result of occurrences like pregnancy.
Patients with thyroid conditions may also develop thyroid nodules (solid or fluid-filled growths made of thyroid cells in the thyroid gland), which is a symptom of having a thyroid condition.
Due to inflammation caused by conditions like hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules that were originally small can become large enough to require medical attention.
If thyroid conditions such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are not managed correctly, the patient may develop serious health conditions in the long run such as heart and renal complications, muscle and nerve weakness and even infertility.
In Singapore, women are ten times more prone than men to suffer from a thyroid condition. This risk is increased if you are a woman over the age of 60, or who is currently or has recently been pregnant.
If you are a frequent smoker, you may also be at risk of suffering from a thyroid condition as smoking can affect your thyroid hormone levels.
Those who have had recent CT scans that require iodine contrast may also be at risk, as the thyroid gland is sensitive to radiation, resulting in a disruption of thyroid hormone regulation.
A thyroid condition is typically discovered during a thyroid function test where your TSH and T4 levels (thyroid hormone levels) are examined for any abnormalities. You can arrange for a blood test at home, and/or seek treatment for a thyroid condition if you have already been diagnosed previously.
The only way to be certain if you have a thyroid condition is by conducting a blood test to measure your thyroid hormone levels. Contact us to book a blood test at home.
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, contact us for dedicated, individualised, and tailored patient care, monitoring of thyroid hormone levels and evidence-based treatment.
In Singapore, thyroid conditions can be managed by consulting an experienced doctor who is able to formulate the best treatment plan for you. This is done by administering the right medication (i.e. hormone replacement therapy) to slow down thyroid hormone production (hyperthyroidism) or restore thyroid hormone levels to normal (hypothyroidism).
You may also require further scans to confirm the severity of your thyroid condition, or consider surgery to remove the thyroid gland in some cases depending on your doctor’s advice.
The most common thyroid disorder is hypothyroidism, where the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormones.
Thyroid problems can affect anyone at any age, but they usually happen between 20 and 40 years of age.
Most patients with hypothyroidism take synthetic thyroid hormone medication, in which a GP is able to provide and manage. For more serious cases, your GP may refer you to an endocrinologist.
Standard treatment for thyroid disorders include daily use of levothyroxine, a synthetic thyroid hormone consumed orally that restores hormone levels.
Early warning signs of thyroid problems include fatigue, weight gain, weight loss, slow or increased heart rate, sensitivity to heat/cold.
The most basic test to screen for thyroid problems in Singapore is a Thyroid Function Test (TFT). It is a blood test that checks for your thyroid hormone levels and can determine if you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
Yes, thyroid diseases can be cured. This requires frequent medication for the thyroid to return back to its normal state.