The thyroid is a small gland just below the Adam’s apple that secretes the hormones that regulate the metabolic rate of most of the body’s organs. Problems occur when the thyroid gland is either underactive, resulting in hypothyroidism, or overactive, causing hyperthyroidism. Women are generally affected more than men. If you are experiencing fatigue, weight gain, muscle cramps, hair loss, constipation, and dry skin, you may have hypothyroidism. Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include an increased heart rate, high blood pressure, clamminess, interrupted sleep, frequent bowel movements or diarrhea, and puffiness around the eyes. To get an appropriate diagnosis, you need to visit the leading Las Vegas endocrine center, the DOCS. At The DOCS Diabetes, we will assess your symptoms, make the right diagnosis, and give you a personalized treatment that will help you manage your condition successfully. Directed by Board Certified Endocrinologist and Internist Dr. Michael Uzmann, this practice helps you achieve a healthy thyroid and puts that spring back in your step.
Some of the causes of thyroid problems include uncontrolled diabetes, pregnancy and labor, trauma, infection, or cancer. The Las Vegas endocrine center will run appropriate tests and blood work to determine the cause of your thyroid condition. Laboratory tests usually measure levels of TSH and thyroid hormones. Serology tests can measure the levels of antibodies associated with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. If your doctor suspects thyroid cancer, a biopsy can be used to sample the thyroid tissue and test for cancer. Another method called a functional stimulation test can be used to distinguish whether the pituitary and thyroid glands are the source of medical symptoms. Ultrasounds and nuclear thyroid scans allow for visual and functional examination of the thyroid gland or of nodules.
The treatment for your thyroid condition depends on the type of thyroid problem and whether your thyroid is overactive, underactive, enlarged, or is cancerous. The Las Vegas endocrine center will base their treatment on your test results. Thyroid medication to increase or decrease hormone production may be prescribed. Radioactive iodine therapy may be used for an overactive thyroid. To find out what will work for you, give us a call today.