What is Thyroid disease?
Nest Family Medicine is pleased to offer personalized care for thyroid disease. The thyroid is a gland in the body that produces hormones that control how we convert food into energy (metabolism). These hormones also influence growth and development, body temperature, and heart function. When there is too much or not enough hormones being produced by the thyroid, this is generally the result of a thyroid disorder. There are several types of thyroid disorders and each one causes different complications and symptoms. Seasoned family practitioner Dr. Priti Ranjan is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease. If you suspect or have a family history of a thyroid disorder, call our medical clinic in Plano, TX to schedule a screening today.
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What are causes and symptoms of thyroid disease?
Thyroid disease is believed to be caused by the under or over production of thyroid hormones. This is usually the result of a chemical imbalance, autoimmune disease, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery, or genetics. A blood test or biopsy is usually performed to confirm a thyroid disorder. Depending on the type of disorder, patients may experience symptoms, such as drastic weight fluctuation, chronic fatigue, irregular heartbeat, changes in metabolism, bulging eyes, and more.
How do you diagnose thyroid disease?
Nest Family Medicine can perform a thyroid screening to detect or monitor for abnormal changes in the size or shape of the thyroid gland. We may ask about your symptoms and medical history, then conduct a simple clinical exam. In some cases, a blood test or biopsy will also be required to diagnose the condition. Our team of medical professionals will then make recommendations and provide the necessary care and treatment for thyroid disease.
can thyroid disease be cured?
Depending on your thyroid disorder, age, and symptoms, Dr. Ranjan will recommend different forms of treatment. On average, most thyroid disorders can be managed with prescription medication and a combination of vitamin supplements. In some cases, surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland may be recommended. Treatment is usually life-long (with or without surgery) but will help regulate hormone levels, control weight, and improve other symptoms. Routine health checkups are common practice to monitor thyroid disorders.
Thyroid Treatment FAQ
What causes problems with the thyroid?
While there are a wide number of things that can cause thyroid disorders, some of these factors are more common than others. Some of these include:
- Iodine deficiency
- Autoimmune diseases
- Nodules, or non-cancerous lumps
- Cancerous tumors
- Radiation therapy
- Thyroid Surgery
- Some genetic disorders
Are the results of thyroid treatment permanent?
Thyroid treatment must be consistently maintained throughout the rest of the patient's life regardless of whether or not they elect for surgery. This allows us to regulate the body with prescription medications, ensuring the hormones are able to continue at a healthy level.
What are the symptoms of a thyroid disorder?
There are two types of thyroid disorders: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Both of these disorders have unique symptoms associated with them. Typically, hypothyroidism causes fatigue, constipation, dry skin, sensitivity to cold, muscle soreness, depression, and brain fog. On the other hand, hyperthyroidism usually leads to nervousness, heart palpitations, heavy sweating, weight loss, weak nails, thinning hair, sensitive skin, and difficulty sleeping.
How can i get treatment for a thyroid disorder?
The best way to determine if you have a thyroid disorder is to get tested. This is especially recommended if you have been experiencing dramatic weight gain or loss, changes in appetite, and low energy. Contact Nest Family Medicine in Plano, TX to schedule an appointment with family practitioner Dr. Priti Ranjan. Our team can confirm your diagnosis, determine the underlying cause, and create a custom treatment plan that can improve your quality of life. We accept most major insurance plans and Medicare.