According to the American Thyroid Association, nearly 20 million Americans have a form of thyroid disease, and more than 12% of the population will experience a thyroid condition during their lifetime. Most people are unaware they have a thyroid condition, and obtaining an accurate diagnosis can be difficult. The medical professionals at Innovative Medical Centers are highly skilled at diagnosing and treating various thyroid disorders, and they can help you regain healthy thyroid function. Schedule an appointment today by calling the Columbus, Ohio, office or using the online scheduling tool.
Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the front middle portion of your neck, just under your Adam’s apple. Your pituitary gland and your hypothalamus control your thyroid.
Thyroid hormone affects every cell and tissue in your body. It works to regulate your metabolism, which is the pace that you convert oxygen and nutrients into energy. When there is too much or too little thyroid hormone present in your cells, numerous problems can result.
The two main types of thyroid disorders are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland does not produce sufficient thyroid hormone. Symptoms include:
Hyperthyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormone. Symptoms include:
There are also several kinds of thyroid cancer. Women are more likely than men to experience thyroid cancer, and most cases occur in women under the age of 55.
Some people with thyroid conditions experience a goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid gland. Thyroid nodules are also possible, as are lumps or tissue abnormalities inside your thyroid gland. If thyroid nodules grow too large, they can cause problems by compressing surrounding tissues.
There are several treatment options for thyroid conditions. You and your doctor will discuss the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.
For hypothyroidism, some people respond well to oral synthetic thyroid hormone. In cases of hyperthyroidism, certain medications work to slow the production of thyroid hormone or slow its release from the thyroid gland.
Treating thyroid disorders also involves addressing your specific symptoms. At Innovative Medical Centers, treatment options focus on harnessing your body’s natural healing abilities and promoting overall improvements in health and wellness.
Taking a holistic approach to thyroid management leads to safe and effective treatment options with minimal side effects. To explore the possibilities, reach out and schedule an appointment today.