Thyroid conditions can have a tremendous impact on your overall health and well-being. The thyroid plays a role in a variety of body processes, including metabolism and temperature control, so issues such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer need medical care. Family medicine specialist Linda J. Morgan-Evans, MD, offers evaluation and treatment for thyroid conditions at High Point Medical Clinic in St. Robert, Missouri. Call the office or schedule an appointment to have your thyroid health evaluated.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your throat, partway down your neck. When this gland is healthy and of normal size, it’s barely palpable. The thyroid produces hormones that regulate your metabolic rate. These hormones also maintain your heart and digestive function, brain development, mood maintenance, bone health, and muscle control. If you have a thyroid disorder, Dr. Morgan-Evans may be able to feel the thyroid because its enlarged.
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. You can also develop cancer of the thyroid gland.
Hashimoto’s disease is a common cause of thyroid disorders. It’s an autoimmune condition in which your body creates antibodies that cause thyroid hormone production to decrease. Why you might develop this condition isn’t completely understood.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s include:
Dr. Morgan-Evans treats Hashimoto’s with oral hormone replacement in the form of thyroid medication.
Hyperthyroidism is often caused by a different autoimmune disease known as Graves’ disease. With this condition, your thyroid is overstimulated by certain antibodies causing the thyroid to become enlarged and produce too much thyroid hormone. Symptoms of Graves’ disease include:
Treatment for Graves’ disease may include anti-thyroid medications and radioactive iodine treatments. In some rare cases, surgery may be necessary.
Thyroid cancer is relatively rare, but occurs when abnormal cells grow inside the thyroid gland. Dr. Morgan-Evans can catch this condition early enough for you to receive full treatment and resolution. Symptoms of thyroid cancer aren’t obvious, but when the doctor performs your annual exam she will notice a lump or swelling at your neck.
Treatment for thyroid cancer may include radioactive iodine and surgery.
For a thorough analysis of your thyroid health, contact High Point Medical Clinic. Call the office or book an appointment online today.