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Could you have a thyroid problem?

Although the thyroid is a small organ, it has great impact. This tiny gland, located at the base of your neck, largely affects how well your body uses energy. Itís estimated that about 13 million Americans suffer from some type of thyroid disorder. About twice as many women are affected as men.

If your thyroid releases too much hormone (called hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid), your body will start using more energy than it should.To find out if you might have hyperthyroidism, take the following assessment from The Thyroid Society for Education and Research.

Check each box that applies and then click the "Submit" button. This assessment should not be used to make your own diagnosis but rather as a tool to help identify your risks. Also, many symptoms of thyroid disorders are similar to those seen with other conditions. Only your doctor can provide a proper diagnosis.

I have a heart rate of 100 beats per minute or higher.

I often feel nervous or irritable.

I perspire heavily.

My muscles often feel weak (especially in the shoulders, hips and thighs).

My hands frequently tremble.

I seem to be losing weight, in spite of a good appetite.

I have hair loss.

My skin is more oily or dry than normal.

I have unusually frequent bowel movements.

My menstrual flow is light or of brief duration.

My eyes appear to bulge out of their sockets.