About 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, a group of conditions characterized by fluctuating hormone levels and other uncomfortable symptoms. At Today’s Wellness and Primary Care, Mohammed Jaleel, MD, Chloe Fish, NP, and the team offer complete care for thyroid disease. They can help you feel better using a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and education. Call the nearest office or book online today to make an appointment in Wilmington, Reading, North Andover, or Stoneham, Massachusetts.
Thyroid disease refers to several conditions that affect the function of your thyroid –– a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck.
If you have thyroid disease, your thyroid gland produces too many or too few hormones. Without intervention and treatment, fluctuating hormone levels can affect your quality of life and increase your risk of more severe health problems.
At Today’s Wellness and Primary Care, the team treats both types of thyroid disease:
If you have hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones. Telltale signs of hypothyroidism include fatigue, constipation, muscle weakness, and a puffy face.
If you have hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland makes too many hormones. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include unintentional weight loss, anxiety, and a rapid or irregular heartbeat.
Anyone can experience thyroid disease, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You might also experience thyroid disease if you’ve undergone radiation treatment for cancer.
Thyroid disease isn’t always easy to diagnose. It presents similar symptoms to other conditions, including the natural aging process. Fortunately, testing can help the team at Today’s Wellness and Primary Care make a diagnosis.
After a review of your medical records, a discussion of your symptoms, and a physical exam, your provider might recommend blood work or imaging tests. Blood work helps determine the level of certain hormones in your blood, while imaging tests can diagnose tumors or nodules.
Treatment of thyroid disease depends on several factors, including your age and the underlying cause. The team at Today’s Wellness and Primary Care might recommend:
If medication and healthy lifestyle changes don’t provide relief, your provider might recommend surgery to remove your thyroid gland (thyroidectomy).
To learn more about the treatment options for thyroid disease, make an appointment at Today’s Wellness and Primary Care by calling the nearest office or booking online today.