When your thyroid hormones are out of whack, it can wreak havoc on how well your entire body functions and your quality of life. Unpleasant symptoms can occur and may make you feel as if you are losing your mind. One of the best ways to take care of these issues is to contact a professional, who will perform thyroid hormone assessment tests to determine a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
What Are Some Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction?
Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction include forgetfulness, and weight loss or gain for no apparent reason. You may suffer from depression, have difficulty concentrating or notice abnormal hair loss. Dry skin may be an issue as well, along with an intolerance of cold temperatures. These are just the most common symptoms, and since thyroid dysfunction can affect your entire body, it is imperative that you seek a specialist who can do the type of thyroid assessment test necessary to determine if this is your problem. A specialist will be able to implement the specific tests that your general practitioner typically won’t do.
Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction
Many factors can cause your thyroid to not function properly. Some of these causes are stress, toxins, autoimmune diseases and fluoride. Other factors may be an infection in your body, medications that you take, radiation and even trauma.
What Happens at the Office Visit?
The specialist will likely perform a urine test and do blood work that is much more specific than anything a family physician would order. Dr. Sarah Ghayouri M.D. is an internal medicine doctor who can conduct tests that can detect if your body is producing the correct amount of thyroid hormones. She will determine from the tests whether your body is converting the thyroid hormones in the correct manner so that your health thrives. In addition to a urinalysis and blood work, it may be necessary for you to have an ultrasound, or even a biopsy, of the thyroid to pinpoint the exact problem.
Coping With Thyroid Dysfunction
Prescription medication may be necessary to help regulate your thyroid so that it functions properly. Radioactive iodine therapy may be necessary for patients who suffer from hypothyroidism or an overactive thyroid. For some patients, it may be beneficial to use both forms of treatment. The specialist may also advise you to make dietary changes to ensure that you are getting all the nutritional supplements necessary for your thyroid to function optimally. The specialist may also recommend an exercise program because being physically fit helps the thyroid to work in such a way that it brings balance to all of the body’s systems.
There is no reason to suffer needlessly if you are having medical issues that you suspect are related to thyroid dysfunction
Remember that thyroid problems can be quite subtle yet wreak havoc with your quality of life if not treated properly. Once you seek treatment, you may see an improvement after only one week. However, for some patients, it may take several weeks to find the medication dosage that allows the thyroid to become properly regulated. Call Dr. Ghayouri today to schedule a consultation. Once she determines the best treatment plan, your symptoms will quickly resolve themselves so that you can get back to normal and enjoy a better quality of life.