How does multinodular goiter affect the body?

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A goiter does not affect the body much itself, outside of causing difficulty swallowing or breathing due to swelling in your neck. Rather, a goiter is likely a symptom of another condition that is affecting your body. Goiters can signify that your thyroid is producing too much or not enough of the hormones T-3 (triiodothyronine) and thyroxine. Your thyroid controls many of your bodily functions, and a thyroid that is overworking or under-working can result in unexpected weight loss or gain, arrhythmias, changes in appetite or sleep habits, and fatigue. Your doctor may determine that your goiter is not causing problems, but you should discuss these potential complications.

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Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.
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