Thyroid Disorders Treatment

Hyperthyroidism & Hypothyroidism Treatments in Chandler, AZ

Treatment for Thyroid Disorders and Disease

Thyroid disease is a broad term for a medical problem in which your thyroid fails to produce the right amount of hormones. Healthy thyroid glands generate and manufacture hormones that are involved in a variety of very important physiological systems.

Thyroid illness occurs when your thyroid produces too much or too little of these vital hormones. 

Thyroid disease may take several forms, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

“20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.”

American Thyroid Association

Hyperthyroidism is when your body utilizes energy too rapidly due to the gland producing too much thyroid hormone.

Dr Shell Reviewing Thyroid Disorders Test Results

Dr. Sarah Shell reviewing thyroid test results with a patient showing improvements. 

Patients with hyperthyroidism experience:

  • Using energy too quickly, causing the heart to race
  • Loss of weight without trying
  • Constantly feeling uneasy

On the other hand, you have hypothyroidism, in which your thyroid glands produce insufficient hormones.

Patients with hypothyroidism experience:

  • Sudden weight gain weight
  • Finding cold temperatures unbearable
  • Feeling nervous or anxious

Thyroid illness is quite widespread in the United States, with an estimated 20 million individuals suffering from it.

Women are five to eight times more likely than men to be diagnosed with thyroid disease.

The following conditions are believed to make people at higher risk of thyroid disease:

  • Thyroid conditions run in your family.
  • You have a medical condition, such as type 1 diabetes, primary adrenal insufficiency, pernicious anemia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Turner syndrome, and Sjögren's syndrome.
  • You take an iodine-rich dietary supplement (amiodarone).
  • You are over 60 (particularly women).
  • You've undergone therapy for a thyroid disease or cancer in the past, like a thyroidectomy or radiation treatment.

Hypothyroidism, if left untreated, may lead to a myxedema coma, an uncommon but potentially lethal illness that needs prompt hormone therapy to correct.

Thyroid Disorder Therapy FAQ

What causes hypothyroidism?

  1. Thyroiditis is an infection of the thyroid gland. Thyroiditis may reduce thyroid hormone production.
  2. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune illness in which the body's cells assault and damage the thyroid.
  3. Postpartum thyroiditis affects five to nine percent of new mothers.
  4. Iodine deficiency, which impacts millions of people worldwide.
  5. Thyroid gland dysfunction. One in 4,000 babies are born with this. Untreated, the child may develop physical and mental difficulties. Thyroid function is tested in all babies at the hospital.

Source: clevelandclinic.org

What causes hyperthyroidism?

  1. Thyroiditis is an infection of the thyroid gland. Thyroiditis may reduce thyroid hormone production.
  2. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune illness in which the body's cells assault and damage the thyroid.
  3. Postpartum thyroiditis affects five to nine percent of new mothers.
  4. Iodine deficiency, which impacts millions of people worldwide.
  5. Thyroid gland dysfunction. One in 4,000 babies are born with this. Untreated, the child may develop physical and mental difficulties. Thyroid function is tested in all babies at the hospital.

Source: clevelandclinic.org

What is thyroid eye disease?

Toxic thyroid eye disease is an uncommon condition characterized by increasing inflammation and injury to tissues surrounding the eyes. Thyroid eye illness involves an active disease phase with edema, inflammation, and tissue alterations.

Does Graves' disease go away after thyroid removal?

Thyroidectomy generally reduces Graves' symptoms. Removing the thyroid glands is just one of numerous effective therapy options for Graves' disease. Others include thyroid hormone treatment and radioiodine.

Source: mayoclinic.org

What causes Hashimoto's thyroid disease?

Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune thyroid illness. With Hashimoto's disease, immune cells kill thyroid hormone-producing cells. Hormone production frequently decreases with the condition (hypothyroidism).

Can thyroid disease kill you?

Thyroid hormone deficiency causes myxedema, a life-threatening illness. Hypothyroidism may cause myxedema. Myxedema patients may lose consciousness or go into a coma. The disease can lead to death by lowering the body's temperature too much.

What are early warning signs of thyroid problems?

If you're concerned about developing a thyroid issue, look for these early symptoms:
  1. Thyroiditis is an infection of the thyroid gland. Thyroiditis may reduce thyroid hormone production.
  2. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune illness in which the body's cells assault and damage the thyroid.
  3. Postpartum thyroiditis affects five to nine percent of new mothers.
  4. Iodine deficiency, which impacts millions of people worldwide.
  5. Thyroid gland dysfunction. One in 4,000 babies are born with this. Untreated, the child may develop physical and mental difficulties. Thyroid function is tested in all babies at the hospital.

Source: medlineplus.gov

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