How Is Your Thyroid Doing?

Many Americans suffer from thyroid disease and they don’t know it. The symptoms of thyroid disease start off very subtly, almost nondescript. But left untreated it can lead to more complicated issues.

The thyroid is a small gland located at the base of your neck and produces hormones that have an important role in how your body works. Those hormones affect areas such as burning calories and heart beat speed. The body operates properly when the right levels of hormones are being produced. Problems begin when too little or too much are released.

Too Much

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces too many hormones. Symptoms can include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shaking hands and fingers

Too Little

When the thyroid doesn’t make enough of certain hormones, it is called hypothyroidism. Problems with this thyroid disorder might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain and puffy face
  • Intolerance of cold
  • Dry skin and thinning hair
  • Depression and slowed heart rate
  • Fertility problems
  • Joint and muscle pain

Treatments

Our doctors will properly diagnose whether you have too much, or too little hormones being produced. There are several wonderful treatments to help your body maintain proper hormone levels. If you have a concern, please contact one of our clinic locations to schedule an appointment.