Thyroid Cysts and Shortness of Breath

Thyroid Cysts and Shortness of Breath

The thyroid gland is a small organ of the endocrine system that is located in the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. Often, people suffer from various thyroid conditions that have a negative effect on their health. These conditions can have symptoms that are complete opposites from each other. For example, a person with a thyroid condition might be caused to gain weight, while another person might be caused to lose weight. The first person would be said to be suffering from hypothyroidism, while the second one can be said to be suffering from hyperthyroidism. Other conditions of the thyroid do not deal directly with how it functions, as the other two conditions do, but rather its physiological state. A thyroid cyst grows on the thyroid gland. While often the cyst goes undetected, it can become large enough to cause significantly serious health issues, such as shortness of breath.

Thyroid Cyst Shortness of Breath

Thyroid Cyst Shortness of Breath

The measure at which a thyroid cyst can cause shortness of breath is relative to the size of the cyst. A small thyroid cyst may never cause any problems at all. It is the larger thyroid cyst that is responsible for many troubles. However, there are a lot of different conditions under which a thyroid cyst may grow or not grow. The lack of breath could have been prevented.

There are a great percentage of people who are living with thyroid cysts and are completely unaware. IN fact it is common for a thyroid cyst to go unnoticed until a thorough examination of the neck area by a physician is performed. Depending on the size of the thyroid cyst, living with it might not be harmful to the health of the patient at all. Yet, when the thyroid cyst becomes large, that is when all the problems begin.
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The Details of Thyroid Nodules

The Details of Thyroid Nodules
Thyroid problems are the most common health problem of the endocrine system. These problems can be many and include enlarged thyroid, a thyroid cyst, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and a thyroid nodule. A thyroid nodule is very common, but it can also be quite dangerous. A thyroid nodule is more cancer prone than a thyroid cyst. The difference between a thyroid cyst and a thyroid nodule is that a thyroid cyst is fluid filled, while a thyroid nodule is filled with a solid. However, a nodule can have some cystic components and is only called a cyst if it is predominately filled with fluid. Nevertheless, a nodule can also be called cystic by some if it has only small cystic components. About half of all nodules have fluid filled parts like a thyroid cyst. Most cystic nodules will reappear after an aspiration procedure. There as of yet has been no consensus in the medical community about how to treat cystic nodules.

Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid Nodules

Like every other thyroid cyst and nodule, a cystic nodule is usually only discovered after some routine medical examination. Often, a thyroid cyst, nodule, or cystic nodule is too small to detect and can go virtually unnoticed for a very long time, unless it grows. Otherwise they can be revealed through such procedures as a CT scan, MRI, or carotid ultrasonography.

Some patients may in fact develop symptoms with a small cystic nodule, although such is not the case for a thyroid cyst. The symptoms that they may experience include pain from cystic lesions. A hemorrhage of a nodule may cause it to increase in size and cause neck pain. It only takes a thyroid nodule of about 1 or 2 mL to cause severe discomfort. Bigger nodules can lead to shortness of breath due to a pressing of the trachea and a loss of voice, due to the pressing of the larynx.
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The Thyroid Gland and Hypothyroidism

The Thyroid Gland and Hypothyroidism

Your thyroid gland is located right below your Adam’s apple. It is a brownish-red color and is shaped much like a butterfly. This gland is responsible for the production of very important hormones that control growth and metabolism. This has a direct impact on your energy level. Problems with the thyroid, such as a thyroid cyst, are quite common in the world of medical conditions. Yet, due to the fact that symptoms can appear at a very slow pace, conditions of the thyroid gland are often misdiagnosed. Moreover, many people can live a long time with a thyroid cyst without experiencing any negative effects.

Thyroid Gland

Thyroid Gland Suffering

An underactive thyroid gland can be detected by high levels of thyroid stimulating hormones in the blood. Having an underactive thyroid is a condition known as hypothyroidism. A large thyroid cyst can cause this condition due its pressing against the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism can cause many different effects, such as hair loss, weight gain and a lack of energy. Those with an overactive thyroid, called hyperthyroidism, may experience a difficulty in gaining weight, rapid heartbeat, and shakiness. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can be treated easily with a daily dose of medication.

While many would ascribe obesity to an underactive thyroid, children who are obese can actually cause damage to their thyroid. This leads them into a seemingly endless cycle. It is not only a thyroid cyst that hinders the functioning of the thyroid gland. Being overweight inflames the thyroid and causes changes in its functioning as well as structure. It has been suggested that excessive fatty tissues may be responsible for a modification in thyroid tissue.
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Disorders and Surgery of the Thyroid

Disorders and Surgery of the Thyroid

Disorders and Surgery of the Thyroid

Disorders and Surgery of the Thyroid

There are many thyroid disorders and they all vary greatly in seriousness. Most of them must be monitored closely by a healthcare professional. Those who have developed a thyroid disorder may struggle with various complications. The development of a thyroid cyst can be quite bothersome, if it is large. For this reason it is vital that everyone with a thyroid issue be knowledgeable about the available treatment options for the many thyroid conditions. In order to have their health restored, they must know what to watch for and what treatment options are available to them.

The most common thyroid surgery is that of thyroid cyst removal. This type of surgery is highly recommended for those who are found having a nodule on their thyroid gland. A nodule is much like cyst, except it is filled with a solid material instead of fluid. A thyroid nodule is an early warning sign for hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid gland. Other signs of hypothyroidism include hair loss, fatigue, lack of mental clarity, and the more common weight gain. A manifestation of these systems should be responded to by the immediate consultation of a medical professional in order to avoid contracting more serious conditions.

It is helpful for a patient that has been recommended for thyroid cyst removal surgery to have a working knowledge of the surgery’s importance. There are many thyroid patients that must receive treatment immediately to avoid developing thyroid cancer. A thyroid cyst that is out of control can lead to abnormalities in tissue and cause cancerous cells to develop. The best bet for the patient is to have the thyroid cyst removed before it is allowed to develop malignancy. This is the reason why many doctors are quick to recommend thyroid surgery.
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The Causes and Signs of a Thyroid Cyst

The Causes and Signs of a Thyroid Cyst

Known as the master gland of the body, the thyroid gland is quite small and butterfly shaped. It can be found in the neck, at the front of the trachea and is right below the Adam’s apple. It is the function of the thyroid gland to product metabolism regulating hormones, known commonly as T3 and T4. These hormones do not only regulate the metabolism, but also is responsible for growth.

Unfortunately, there are several problems that might appear in the thyroid gland that can affect its rate of hormone release. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland produces too much hormone and can result in a very high metabolism, rapid heartbeat, and elevated body temperatures. This condition is most commonly found in women, but can also effect men. There is also hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid does not release enough hormones. The result of this is obesity and stunted growth.

Causes and Signs of a Thyroid Cyst

Causes and Signs of a Thyroid Cyst

There is another complication of the thyroid known as thyroid cysts. These cysts are fluid filled sacs on the thyroid gland. However, a thyroid cyst is not always a serious condition. A person can live for many years without even knowing that they have a thyroid cyst, This is because a thyroid cyst is usually very small, hard to detect, and does not cause any symptoms or side effects. However, there are cases where a thyroid cyst can be very large. Large thyroid cysts can cause health problems, such as difficulty breathing and talking. [Read more...]

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Anatomy of a Thyroid Cyst

Anatomy of a Thyroid Cyst

The thyroid is a little butterfly-shaped, brownish-red gland that is subject to some serious complications. One of the more common issues that can arise is that of a thyroid cyst. The thyroid gland is an important element of the endocrine system. It has come to be known as the ‘master gland’ for the entire body. The location of the thyroid gland is in the neck, in front of the trachea, and right below the Adam’s apple. Normally, this little gland weighs less than one ounce. It is responsible for producing vital hormones that are responsible for the body’s metabolism rate. It is the hormones that flow from the thyroid gland, T3 and T4, that dictate how much food is stored as fat and how much is burned off as energy. The thyroid gland is also responsible for growth and complications of the thyroid gland in children can cause either rapid or slow growth.

Anatomy of a Thyroid Cyst

Anatomy of a Thyroid Cyst

A thyroid cyst is a complication of the thyroid gland. This fluid-filled, bladder-like sac can grow on the thyroid gland and lead to further complications. However, a thyroid cyst is usually very small and generally does not result in any problems at all. Contrary to popular belief, a person can live with a thyroid cyst and not experience any adverse effects. However, this is not always the case. A thyroid cyst can interfere with the normal flow of thyroid hormones. These cysts can either grow slowly or very fast. There are different sizes of thyroid cysts that can occur with each growth rate. [Read more...]

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Signs, Symptoms, and Complications from a Thyroid Cyst Hemorrhage

Signs, Symptoms, and Complications from a Thyroid Cyst Hemorrhage

There is no standard size for thyroid cysts, but they all are fluid filled sacs which can be quite bothersome to say the least. A thyroid cyst can be very small, in fact, even less than 1cm in diameter. However, they can also grow to be amazingly large. In addition, thyroid cysts vary in growth rate. Some of them take along tome to get up to a noticeable size while others can appear and be quite visible seemingly overnight. A thyroid nodule is different from a thyroid cyst, but there are some nodules that are partially cystic. Generally, thyroid nodules are composed of solids while thyroid cysts are full of fluids. Thyroid nodules that are cystic can be subject to hemorrhaging and bleeding, because of their rapid expansion and contractions.

Thyroid Cyst Symptoms

Thyroid Cyst Symptoms

A thyroid cyst is generally considered to be much safer than nodules, especially cystic nodules, because cystic nodules have a greater risk of being cancerous. There are many ways that the cancerous state of a cystic nodule can be diagnosed. The most common two methods are through ultrasound or by a thyroid aspiration biopsy. During an ultrasound the cancer is most likely to be seen. In performing a thyroid aspiration biopsy, the fluid that is removed from the thyroid cyst or cystic nodule can be tested to identify cancer. Cysts that are very large or complex have to be aspirated with the use of a very small needle in order to rule out any malignancy.

The majority of thyroid nodules are simply benign growths. These are usually caused by an increase in cellular activity, also known as hyperplasia. The elevated levels of cellular activity causes areas of follicles to be fused with parenchyma which results in nodules. Out of all the endocrine organs, it is the thyroid that is more prone to malignancy. Still, only a very small percentage of all diagnosed neoplasms are deemed to be thyroid cancer. In fact, thyroid cancer is a very rare disease. Symptoms of thyroid cancer include inflamed nodules which appear as thyroid abscesses, but again, it is a very rare condition. [Read more...]

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Know the Truth about Thyroid Cancer

Know the Truth about Thyroid Cancer

Many people do not consider thyroid cancer to be as serious as other types of cancers, but it is very serious indeed. This may be in part due to the fact that one can have a mass in their throat, a thyroid cyst or a goiter, without being in a dangerous situation. Therefore, masses and lumps in throats are more easily dismissed as benign. Yet, this is not good because it means that a life-threatening disease might be allowed to run its course without treatment. Those having a lump or mass in their throat should not dismiss its potential seriousness, but work to ensure that they are not misdiagnosed.

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Cancer in Patient

Thyroid conditions can even mirror thyroid cancer in symptoms. A person with thyroid cancer can have hyperthyroidism, which is the over activity of the thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism, which is the under activity of the thyroid gland. The thyroid can be enlarged or the patient could have a thyroid cyst. However, there might not be any physical bulges found in the early stages of thyroid cancer. The most common way that one can be diagnosed with thyroid cancer is when an actual cyst appears and is subjected to a biopsy where it can be determined if rather or not the cyst is malignant or benign.

However, some patients have experienced that tests on their thyroid cysts were unable to detect the cancer. Instead a report may show that there are only normal body fluids. When doctors have a hard time determining the status of a thyroid cyst, the patient might have to endure having their cyst aspirated several times. This is done so that it can be decided rather or not surgical removal is needed. It is possible that during this time cancerous tissues may be detected. However, this is not the standard procedure. Many doctors will only proceed in such a manner if there are thyroid problems in the medical history of the family. [Read more...]

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Homeopathic Remedies for a Thyroid Cyst

Homeopathic Remedies for a Thyroid Cyst

Thyroid cysts are little fluid-filled sacs that have a structure quite similar to a bladder. To detect and inspect a thyroid cyst, doctors usually use ultrasound imagining. Sometimes a report from such an investigation can return a report that reveals lesions. These lesions can be an indicator that there is some damage to the thyroid tissue near the cyst and possibly even some changes in structure. However, the lesions found can also be the actual thyroid cyst. Although many people are concerned about having a thyroid cyst, they are actually not very common.

Herbal Thyroid Cyst Aid

Herbal Thyroid Cyst Aid

Unfortunately there are instances where people, and even their doctors, misdiagnose some very serious conditions as a thyroid cyst. A thyroid cyst is not as health damaging as some of these other conditions and a misdiagnosis can prevent the proper treatment from being given on time. For example, what appears to be a thyroid cyst could actually be an enlarged thyroid or a thyroid nodule. Still, some people have thyroid cyst synonymous with cancer in their own minds. The fact of the matter is that most of the thyroid cysts found in patients re benign.

A physical examination is usually sufficient enough to detect an enlargement of the thyroid gland. The neck will be examined at its base in order to identify any bulging. If there is a bulge found, it could be an indicator of hyperthyroidism, which is the overproduction of hormones in the thyroid. Symptoms of this condition which go beyond the enlargement of the thyroid gland include excessive body heat and an accelerated heartbeat. On the other hand, hypothyroidism stems from a low thyroid and means that there is not enough thyroid hormone being released. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain and can result in Graves’ disease. [Read more...]

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Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism: There effects and Treatments

Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism: There effects and Treatments

Thyroid diseases are a very serious health problem. However, not all thyroid disease is deadly. While there are the horror stories about someone having a huge thyroid cyst that led to cancer and a lot of pain, there are many who simply blame their over-sized waistline on having a troubled thyroid. It is true that a thyroid cyst could be an indicator of a life-threatening condition. It is also true that there are those with thyroid conditions that have caused them to store excess fat. However, not every thyroid cyst is cancerous and not every overweight person can really blame their thyroid for being obese. In fact, many are too quick to use the thyroid as an excuse for being overweight.

Thyroid Cyst

Thyroid Cyst Scanning

Found in the neck, there is a small, butterfly shaped gland called the thyroid. The thyroid is located right in front of the trachea and right below the larynx. The location of the thyroid gland is part of what makes having a thyroid cyst so serious. An extremely large thyroid cyst can hinder speech and even breathing ability.
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