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.
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"Cat Stanworth is amazing! I’ve been seeing her for years and she is always pleasant, personable, knowledgeable, and makes you feel comfortable each visit. I needed to add on after meeting Katherine and Lacy as well. So nice, helpful, felt very comfortable and cared for! Overall great place!"- A.H. / Google / Nov 26, 2022
"Seriously would not go anywhere else. Katherine Johnson actually pays attention to symptoms, patient records, and listens to her patients. SHE was the one who asked me if I’d been getting routine scans and sent me for one - the one in which we discovered my thyroid cancer had returned. Not my specialist. SHE was the one who was able to balance my medications post surgery and proved my Endocrinologist wrong, more than once. I have energy again, I can focus, and I actually lost weight instead of gained after having a complete thyroid removal. She is the best of the best!"- T.A. / Google / Nov 03, 2022
"I love seeing Mylisa and the staff. They are always so happy and are eager to greet you."- C.P. / Google / Oct 25, 2022
"I’ve been seeing Katherine for a while and greatly appreciate her level of care of listening. She has never shamed me, or talked down to me. I’ve recently expanded my care with her by getting Botox and fillers with her. I definitely made the right choice by choosing her - so happy with my results! I’ve also seen Cat at her office for PicoSure laser. Best choice ever! I have the complexion I thought I could only dream about! Highly recommend Johnson Family Medical!!"- K.W. / Google / Oct 21, 2022
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- How Long It Takes
- 30 minutes
- Follow Up Time
- 2-3 months
Find Effective Thyroid Care
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.