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  1. Breast Pain (Mastalgia) - Topic Overview

    What do I need to know about breast pain?Many women have breast tenderness and pain, also called mastalgia. It may come and go with monthly periods (cyclic) or may not follow any pattern (noncyclic).Cyclic pain is the most common type of breast pain. It may be caused by the normal monthly changes in hormones. This pain usually occurs in both breasts. It is generally described as a heaviness or ...

  2. Hyperthyroidism - Prevention

    Hyperthyroidism caused by Graves' disease is a genetic disease that you cannot prevent. People who smoke are more likely to develop Graves' disease and Graves' ophthalmopathy than people who do not smoke.

  3. Thyroid Nodules - Surgery

    information on the surgical treatment of thyroid nodules.

  4. Hypothyroidism - Cause

    Learn more about hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a condition that causes the body's defenses-or immune system-to produce antibodies that over time destroy thyroid tissue.

  5. Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

    A thyroid - stimulating hormone (TSH) blood test is used to detect problems affecting the thyroid gland.

  6. Hyperthyroidism - Treatment Overview

    There are three treatments for hyperthyroidism. Antithyroid medication and radioactive iodine are the ones doctors use most often. Rarely, a person may have surgery. Even if your symptoms are not bothering you, you still need treatment because hyperthyroi

  7. Thyroid Nodules - Prevention

    Thyroid nodules cannot be prevented.

  8. Hypothyroidism - Symptoms

    Symptoms of hypothyroidism usually develop slowly over months or years. Symptoms and signs may include: Coarse and thinning hair. Dry skin. Brittle nails. A yellowish tint to the skin. Slow body movements. Cold skin. Inability to tolerate cold. Feeling ti

  9. Hyperthyroidism - Topic Overview

    What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck. It controls your metabolism, which is how your body turns food into energy. It also affects your heart, muscles,

  10. Hyperthyroidism - Surgery

    Surgery for hyperthyroidism (thyroidectomy) removes part or all of the thyroid gland. Doctors rarely use this surgery to treat hyperthyroidism. You may need surgery if: Your thyroid gland is so big that it is hard for you to swallow or breathe. You have t

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