Symptoms of Endocrine Disorders
There is no specific set of symptoms of endocrine disorders. This is because symptoms will vary depending on the specific kind of endocrine disease a patient has, as well as the severity of his or her condition. For example, hyperthyroidism, a disease marked by the overproduction of thyroxine in the thyroid gland, may cause sudden weight loss, tremors, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, thinning of the skin, and other symptoms. However, diseases of the parathyroid gland can result in a very different set of symptoms, such as lack of energy, depression, osteoporosis, recurrent headaches, kidney stones, and others.
Though no symptom is universal, weakness and fatigue are commonly reported and it is generally wise for patients to seek medical care upon noticing any significant change in their daily functioning. Because the endocrine system is interconnected and uses hormones to communicate with glands that control and coordinate growth, energy level, reproduction, and other functions, any changes in one gland can cause changes in another. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the:
- Pituitary gland
- Thyroid gland
- Parathyroid gland
- Adrenal glands
- Ovaries (in women)
- Testicles (in men)
Patients with endocrine disorders can visit Tampa General Hospital to receive the highest standard of care from a multispecialty team. We utilize leading-edge diagnostic, medical, and surgical technologies and techniques to accurately identify each patient’s unique condition and develop an individualized treatment plan. For patients dealing with parathyroid diseases alone, we’ve performed more than 20,000 surgeries and, whenever possible, use minimally invasive techniques to expedite recovery and reduce the likelihood of complications. As a result of our commitment to treating endocrine disorders, we were named one of America's Best Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report for 2020-2021.