Your thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate your metabolism, and if they become imbalanced, it can have life-changing consequences for your health and general well-being. Kate Heyde, FNP-C and Mandy Lindsey, FNP-C, have considerable expertise in helping people who have thyroid disorders to regain their health and vitality. To arrange an appointment, call the office in Plano, Texas, or book online today.
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ found in your neck that manufactures and secretes hormones collectively known as the thyroid hormones. These hormones serve as chemical messengers and provide information to various organ systems throughout your body, telling them what to do. Your thyroid hormones control your metabolism, heartbeat, and mood.
Thyroid disorders are common and affect hormone production and balance. When your thyroid hormones are out of balance, you may experience a range of symptoms.
Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid hormone isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones. Symptoms that may indicate hypothyroidism include:
Hypothyroidism may develop from an autoimmune disorder, use of certain medications, or result from radiation therapy for thyroid cancer.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, your KAMcare Health and Wellness provider can conduct a comprehensive examination, including diagnostic testing, to assess your hormone levels and provide the most appropriate treatment, which includes hormone replacement to restore balance. Your provider may also provide nutrition and exercise recommendations to improve overall health and wellness.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when your body is producing too many thyroid hormones. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
Hyperthyroidism may develop from an autoimmune condition or a malfunction in the organ. Your KAMcare Health and Wellness provider can determine if your thyroid hormones are elevated with a simple blood test.
Hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism.
KAMcare Health and Wellness providers diagnose thyroid disorders by taking a blood test and having it analyzed. The test measures thyroid hormone levels and other significant factors to confirm thyroid malfunction and its possible causes.
Treatment for thyroid disorders consists of rebalancing thyroid hormone levels in your body. If your thyroid is overactive, your KAMcare Health and Wellness provider prescribes medication to keep your thyroid from producing such high quantities of hormones.
If your thyroid is underactive, your provider can start you on a course of synthetic thyroxine T4, a drug that boosts your thyroid hormone levels. You need to take the medication every day and have regular blood tests to ensure your body produces the correct amount of hormones.
For a thyroid evaluation, call KAMcare Health and Wellness, or request an appointment online today.