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What Are Thyroid Disorders?

Thyroid disorders are a common health condition affecting the production of hormones that help regulate metabolism and cardiovascular health, among other bodily functions. The thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck and is an important part of the endocrine system. When it produces insufficient amounts or an oversupply of hormones, a thyroid disorder often results, which can impact your health in many ways. Skilled family nurse practitioner Katherine Johnson can help treat and manage the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and other thyroid conditions. To learn more, or to schedule a thyroid screening, please call Johnson Family Medical in Frisco, TX.

How Are Thyroid Disorders Treated?

Thyroid disorders may be the result of autoimmune conditions, genetics, chemical imbalances, or other issues. Symptoms can include drastic changes in weight, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, and fatigue, among additional effects. Treatment for thyroid disorders is tailored to individual needs and varies according to a person's age, symptoms, conditions, and overall health. In many cases, thyroid conditions are managed through prescription medication and a vitamin and supplement regimen to help regulate proper hormone levels. For some Frisco, TX patients, removing a portion of the entire thyroid gland may be the best course of care.

Thyroid Disorders FAQ

How do you diagnose a thyroid problem?

The most common way to diagnose a thyroid problem is to run a series of tests known as thyroid function tests. These tests measure the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormones in the blood. There are three hormones the tests are measuring: T3 total, T4 (thyroxine or free T4), and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). An abnormal level of any of these may indicate a thyroid disorder.

What are some other symptoms of a thyroid disorder?

In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, these symptoms may also indicate a thyroid problem:

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Brain fog and/or memory problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Vision changes
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • A swollen neck
  • Bowel difficulties (constipation, pain, hemorrhoids)
  • Menstrual changes or abnormalities
  • Depression, mood swings
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Weakness and/or tingling in the arms, wrists, or hands

How common are thyroid disorders?

Thyroid disorders are more common than many think, with as many as 20 million Americans having some type of thyroid disorder. Women are about 5 — 8 times more likely than men to experience a thyroid condition.

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While treatments for thyroid problems are often long-term or even lifelong, they may be necessary to help maintain your overall health and wellness. At Johnson Family Medical, Katherine and our team can screen for and treat thyroid disorders to help improve your health, energy, and overall well-being. Please contact our Frisco, TX facility today to reserve your in-person or telehealth consultation. Our practice proudly accepts Medicare and several major insurance plans.

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