One of the biggest obstacles to proper diagnosis of thyroid problems is that the symptoms are similar to those of many other common conditions. For example, you may think that the weight loss may be due to your increasingly sedentary lifestyle or that the increased fatigue or irritability you are experiencing is due to feeling extremely stressed from being overworked at the workplace or even at home. However, sudden weight gain or loss, irritability, fatigue, and muscle weakness are also signs of thyroid conditions.
The best way to determine the root cause of the unusual symptoms you are experiencing is to see your doctor and get a full checkup.
Common Diagnostic Methods
To diagnose whether or not you have a glans problem, your doctor will focus on cardiac, neurological, skin, and vision findings. This is done using different types of tests and scans depending on the results of the initial findings.
The first test that is usually done is the TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone test, which calculates the amount of hormones in the blood. Excessive amounts of hormones indicate that the problem is due to overproduction, while lower than normal amounts indicate that the glans is not producing enough hormones.
Other blood tests may include free T4, TSH or TSI receptor antibody, and thyroid antibody tests.
In addition to blood tests, your doctor may also perform a thyroid scan by injecting or asking you to swallow a small amount of radioactive iodine. An increase or decrease in iodine update could be an indication of hyper or hypothyroidism.
Thyroid ultrasound is another test that helps determine the number, size, and types of nodules that are present on the glans penis.
Fine needle aspiration is another testing procedure, in which the doctor obtains a sample of the problem with a fine needle. This is usually done using an ultrasound as a guide. The tissue that is obtained is put under a microscope to look for any signs of cancer.
Effective Treatment Options
There are no home treatments for this condition, as most of the underlying factors are beyond the reach of home care. You should see a doctor for proper medical evaluation and treatment.
Some of the more common non-invasive treatment options may include medication and radioactive iodide treatment. In most cases, both treatment methods are very effective in suppressing or even completely stopping the production of hormones. Sometimes, however, when more aggressive methods are required, the doctor may recommend surgery.