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Thyroid Disease

When the thyroid isn’t working correctly, patients can experience a range of issues, from weight gain to fainting. We can test your thyroid to determine how well it is working.

Thyroid Management Q & A

What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland found just at the base of your neck. To control various vital functions in your body, this gland produces specific hormones. When these hormones aren’t present in the right amount, you may experience problems with any or all of the functions these hormones control.
What causes problems with the thyroid?

Problems with the thyroid gland can result from several different factors, and can vary depending on your diagnosis.
If you have hyperthyroidism, causes include: inflammation of the thyroid gland, autoimmune disorders, and nodules on the thyroid.
If you have hypothyroidism, causes include: certain medications, having a history of thyroid surgery, autoimmune disease, and pituitary disorders.

Who can benefit from chronic care management?

Anyone who is living with a chronic illness can benefit from chronic care management. After completing a thorough physical exam, discussing your symptoms, and reviewing your medical history, we can provide a treatment plan for you.

To learn more about chronic disease management, make an appointment today at Dallas Primary Care by contacting our office or by clicking on our online booking tool.

How to check for any thyroid problem?
We may suspect a problem with your thyroid gland if you show the symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
The symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Skin dryness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle weakness
  • Light or missed periods
  • Increased bowel movement frequency

The symptoms of hypothyroidism may include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Puffiness in the face
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Muscle weakness and aching
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Pain in the joints
  • Fatigue
  • Slower heart rate
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

To confirm the diagnosis of either type of thyroid problem, Karen will test your thyroid hormone levels. We do a “full thyroid panel” – TSH, T4 free, and T3 free. If need be, we will also test thyroid antibodies.

How do we treat thyroid problems?

The treatment for thyroid problems will depend on the nature of your disorder.
If you have hypothyroidism, you may need to take extra thyroid hormones to make up for your thyroid gland’s inability to produce enough on its own.
If you have hyperthyroidism, you may need medication that stops the thyroid from producing high levels of hormones. In some cases, patients with hyperthyroidism that doesn’t get better with more conservative treatments may need surgery to remove the thyroid gland.

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