Thyroid myths


MYTHSTRUTH
   Once you start taking thyroid medication, your symptoms will disappear immediately.   Unfortunately, it takes time for thyroid levels to normalize. Few people continue to take medicine for months before they begin feeling better.
    People with a thyroid condition will be on medication for life.    It depends on the cause of your condition. Some women experience thyroid problems during or after pregnancy. Once the body’s hormones level out, the thyroid may adjust itself. It’s also true that prescriptions can change throughout the lifespan. For example, individuals with an underactive thyroid may need additional supplemental thyroid hormone during pregnancy.
    If your symptoms aren’t bothersome, it’s okay to skip medicine.    The thyroid hormone is responsible for many critical organ functions. Neglecting to treat even a mild case of thyroid disease can cause significant health problems like heart disease, weak bones (osteoporosis) and/or inability to have children (infertility).
    I can stop taking my tablets once I feel well and my reports are normal.    No. It’s important that you keep on taking the medicines regularly despite feeling well. Leave the decision of changing and/or stopping medicine to an endocrinologist .
    “Thyroid Nodules or Lumps Are Automatically Cancerous”    Not always. Some Not true. In fact, less than 10% of thyroid nodules are cancerous. Various diagnostic procedures can evaluate whether your nodule or lump is one of the rare cancerous lumps. Nodules that arise in thyroid glands with optimal function are less likely to be cancerous than those that arise in individuals with hyperthyroidism. Exposure to radiation, along with advanced age, may increase the risk for a thyroid lump to be cancerous. If the thyroid nodules are not cancerous or interfering with your everyday life, most doctors will leave them alone, and reevaluate them every 6-12 months.
    It's a woman's disorder safe.    Though like most autoimmune diseases, it affects far more women than men, but it's not unusual for men to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. If you're healthy, get your TFT levels checked every five years, but if you have been diagnosed with hyper/hypothyroidism, TFT level have to be checked at frequent intervals.