Thyroid Test Analysis in San Diego
Dr. Ghayouri M.D. is a thyroid doctor in San Diego and knows hormones play a powerful role in your body’s regulatory system. Proper hormonal balance is essential to maintain optimal health.
The thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulate your metabolism. Disruptions can slow down or speed up your body, producing unpleasant symptoms and health-threatening conditions from fatigue, hair loss and weight gain or loss, to high blood pressure and heart problems.
Our lab testing detects subtleties or underlying causes of thyroid hormone imbalances that standard tests may miss.
This test analyzes serum levels of TSH, free T4, free T3, reverse T3, anti-TG antibodies, and anti-TPO antibodies to assess central and peripheral thyroid function, as well as thyroid auto-immunity.
As one of your body’s most important glands, the thyroid is responsible for regulating hormones that ultimately impact everything from the appearance of your skin to weight gain to sex drive.
Numerous studies have shown thyroid issues can lead to depression, anxiety, joint pain and more. Thus, doctors now use a variety of different tests to measure your thyroid activity and determine if it is causing your symptoms.
Testing for an Overactive Thyroid
If your doctor suspects an issue with your thyroid, they will likely order a round of hormone tests. In some cases, this can be done with a urine sample, but most doctors prefer a more comprehensive blood test as well. This thyroid hormone assessment will look for four key indicators of your thyroid’s performance and determine if problems are occurring with its function that may be leading to your symptoms.
Since your thyroid is responsible for multiple hormones, the blood panel looks at the presence of each hormone individually to see if there is a shortage or overage being produced.
Further investigation may entail a scan of your thyroid or a biopsy of the tissue to better diagnose the problem.
Treatment for Thyroid Problems
Treatment of hypothyroidism usually begins by replacing the lost hormones with a synthetic version. The good news is your symptoms usually fade within the first week of hormone treatments. Your doctor will continue to assess your progress and wean you off the hormones once your thyroid has regained its normal functionality.
If you are faced with an overactive thyroid, your doctor may use a combination of prescription medicines to manage your symptoms along with radioactive iodine therapy to restore your thyroid to normal functioning.
These two treatments are often used together to achieve the best results, but your doctor may use them independently, depending on the severity of your symptoms and your age. Individual conditions and cases vary.
If you have been dealing with a sudden onset of weight fluctuations, depression, joint pain or other signs of hormonal imbalance, we invite you to contact Dr. Sarah K. Ghayouri and her friendly staff at Sarapy Clinic. We will be happy to answer all of your thyroid questions and help you discover whether or not thyroid therapy is right for you.
Remember, the thyroid plays a vital role in regulating hormones throughout your body and can have far-reaching effects on your health and normal, day-to-day functions. If you are dealing with unexplained symptoms that are worsening, contact Sarapy Clinic today to schedule your consultation. We have helped dozens of patients with thyroid issues and we are confident that we can help you, too.