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THYROID CONDITIONS

Thyroid Treatment in Texas City, TX

The thyroid gland is located in the lower part of the neck and is responsible for producing hormones that regulate cell and tissue function. When a thyroid disorder develops, energy levels and metabolic processes are typically affected.

Problems most often occur when the thyroid becomes overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). The effects of these conditions are uncomfortable, but highly manageable with proper diagnosis and treatment.
Causes

There are several causes of thyroid disease, including autoimmune disorders, cancer, radiation therapy and certain medications. Issues can also stem from abnormal hormone production to a problem with the gland itself.

The most common causes of hyperthyroidism are Graves’ disease, thyroiditis and toxic thyroid adenoma. Each condition leads to overstimulation of the thyroid gland and produces excessive amounts of hormones.

Conversely, hypothyroidism is generally the result of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, iodine deficiency and hypothalamus or pituitary problems. These disorders cause the thyroid to create insufficient hormone levels and can damage parts of the gland if left untreated.

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of thyroid conditions range of mild to severe and depend on the primary source of dysfunction.

Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Trembling hands
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Digestive problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive perspiration

Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin or hair
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Tingling or numbness in hands

Treatment

The primary goal of thyroid treatment is to restore gland function and normalize hormone production. Optimal Healthcare specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of thyroid disease.

Our physicians conduct a thorough evaluation and recommend treatment options based upon your specific needs and condition. Depending on your diagnosis, therapy may involve medications, hormone replacement therapy or nutritional supplements and natural remedies.

Turn to the experts in treatment for thyroid disorders. Call (409) 948-1000 today or schedule your FREE consultation online to learn more about our resources.

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