Experiencing issues with your thyroid can disrupt daily life. Unfortunately, delayed diagnosis can lead to worsened health problems. We prioritize your concerns. Our on-site lab testing and diagnostics enable us to provide an accurate diagnosis and discuss treatment options conveniently in one location.
The Thyroid Gland
The thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, is a crucial part of the endocrine system. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism, growth, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and more. The thyroid mainly manufactures hormones that govern the body’s metabolism.
Common Thyroid Problems
- Hyperthyroidism indicates the thyroid is overproducing hormones.
- Common causes include Graves’ Disease, toxic adenomas, subacute thyroiditis, and pituitary gland malfunctions.
- Symptoms may include restlessness, nervousness, racing heart, irritability, increased sweating, brittle hair and nails, muscle weakness, and weight loss.
- Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid underproduces hormones, leading to decreased energy levels.
- Common causes include Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, thyroid removal, excessive iodide exposure, certain medications, and a history of thyroid problems.
- Untreated hypothyroidism can result in myxedema coma, a rare but potentially fatal condition.
Diagnosing Thyroid Conditions
We offer a simple blood test to diagnose thyroid conditions. By measuring thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, we can identify potential issues. Elevated or low TSH levels may indicate thyroid problems. Our compassionate medical team will guide you through the necessary steps and recommend treatments to help you regain your well-being.
For assistance with thyroid disorders, visit us today. We are committed to your health and convenience, providing comprehensive care in one place.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the thyroid, and what does it do?
- The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck, part of the endocrine system.
- It produces hormones regulating metabolism, growth, tissue function, sexual function, mood, and more.
What are the common thyroid problems?
- Hyperthyroidism: When the thyroid produces too many hormones.
- Hypothyroidism: When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones.
What causes hyperthyroidism, and what are its symptoms?
- Causes include Graves’ Disease, toxic adenomas, subacute thyroiditis, and pituitary gland malfunctions.
- Symptoms may include restlessness, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, irritability, sweating, brittle hair/nails, muscle weakness, and weight loss.
What causes hypothyroidism, and what are its symptoms?
- Common causes include Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, thyroid removal, iodide exposure, certain medications, and a history of thyroid problems.
- Symptoms include low energy, weight gain, depression, dry skin, and sensitivity to cold.
How are thyroid conditions diagnosed?
We diagnose thyroid conditions with a simple blood test measuring thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels.
Abnormal TSH levels may indicate a thyroid issue.
What happens if thyroid conditions go untreated?
Untreated hypothyroidism can lead to myxedema coma, a rare but potentially fatal condition.
Hyperthyroidism, if untreated, can worsen and lead to other complications.
How can Midwest Express Clinic help with thyroid issues?
We offer on-site lab testing and diagnostics for quick and accurate thyroid condition diagnoses.
Our medical team will discuss treatment options with you to help manage thyroid disorders.
When should I seek medical attention for thyroid concerns?
If you experience persistent symptoms like fatigue, unexplained weight changes, mood swings, or noticeable thyroid enlargement, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare provider.
Is thyroid testing covered by insurance?
Many insurance plans cover thyroid testing, but it’s best to check with your provider for details on coverage.
How can I make an appointment at Midwest Express Clinic for thyroid concerns?
You can schedule an appointment or visit one of our walk-in clinics. We prioritize your health and convenience.
For further assistance with thyroid disorders, please don’t hesitate to contact Midwest Express Clinic. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and addressing your concerns.