Your thyroid governs a number of important functions in your body, including metabolism, body temperature, and nail and skin health. If your thyroid gland is pumping out hormones irregularly or you have thyroid cancer, you need medical support and Harvey A. Schub, MD, of Sunshine State Medical Inc. in Orlando, Florida is available to help. He offers evaluation and treatment of thyroid conditions so you find relief and feel like yourself again. Call the office or book online to have your thyroid health evaluated.
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped organ at the front of your throat. When healthy, the gland is barely noticeable visually or through palpation. The gland produces hormones that regulate your metabolic rate and that also maintain your heart and digestive function, brain development, mood maintenance, bone health, and muscle control.
Common disorders of the thyroid gland are usually a result of improper production of thyroid hormones. When you produce too little thyroid hormone, it’s diagnosed as hypothyroidism. If you produce too much, it’s hyperthyroidism. In rare cases, people also develop cancer of the thyroid gland.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder in which your body creates antibodies that cause thyroid hormone production to decrease. Why some people develop this condition isn’t completely understood, but it’s a common cause of thyroid dysfunction.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s include:
Taking oral hormone replacement in the form of thyroid medication is the primary way to treat Hashimoto’s. When managed, you live a completely normal life.
Hyperthyroidism is usually caused by an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease. The condition causes your thyroid to become enlarged and produce too much thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism causes symptoms like:
Dr. Schub treats Graves’ disease with anti-thyroid medications and radioactive iodine treatments. In some rare cases, surgery is necessary.
Thyroid cancer isn’t that common. Because it doesn’t show obvious symptoms, Dr. Schub usually catches thyroid cancer when you come in for your regular checkups. If you have cancer, he will find a lump or swelling of the gland in your neck.
When treated early enough, you usually recover fully. Treatment of thyroid cancer can include radioactive iodine and surgery.
For a thorough analysis of your thyroid health, contact Sunshine State Medical Inc. Call the office or book an appointment online today.