About 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease, which can cause a variety of symptoms and ongoing issues. The Treken Primary Care team helps patients in Atlanta, Georgia to manage thyroid conditions for optimal health. Use the online appointment scheduler or call the office to book your appointment for ongoing management of your thyroid disease.
Thyroid conditions affect the small butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the bottom of your neck. Your thyroid gland produces two different hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine. The hormones are crucial for metabolism regulation, so when you make too much or too little of them, it can cause some serious health problems.
Symptoms can vary according to the disease. The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism, in which your body makes too little thyroid hormone, often include:
In hyperthyroidism, in which your body overproduces thyroid hormone, you may experience:
If you have a number of these symptoms that indicate thyroid disease, get in touch with the Treken Primary Care team so you can come in for an assessment.
Your care provider talks with you about your symptoms to evaluate what kind of thyroid disease you may have. During your physical exam, they ask you to swallow so they can check the thyroid gland movement visually. They also palpate your lower neck to feel your thyroid gland and check its size. You have a blood test to check the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood to help them make a diagnosis.
If you have hypothyroidism, your provider prescribes thyroid hormone replacement medication. After you’re on the medication for a while, they recheck your thyroid hormone levels with another blood test to make sure your levels are optimal. They adjust your medication dose until your thyroid hormones are balanced, your symptoms are relieved, and you feel well.
If you have hyperthyroidism, you may be prescribed a medication that prevents the gland from making too much hormone. If it doesn't respond to medication, you may be given radioactive iodine to render the gland inactive so it can’t overproduce hormones. In some cases, surgery to remove part or all of your thyroid gland may be needed.
Thyroid disease is a chronic but very treatable condition, and your Treken Primary Care providers can help you manage the condition for the long term. To make an appointment, call the office or click the online scheduler now.