Your thyroid is a small gland that controls many functions in your body, from digestion to metabolism. Thyroid problems can cause symptoms that affect your quality of life, but with the right treatment, you can get relief. Thirumalesh Venkatesh, MD, of Seven Hills Medical Center in Brooklyn and Franklin Square, New York, is an internal medicine physician who takes a holistic approach to care and provides testing and treatment for thyroid problems. For an evaluation from a physician who wants to help you live a healthy, happy life, call the office today or book online.
Your thyroid is a bowtie-shaped gland located in your neck. It synthesizes and secretes a number of different hormones that are collectively referred to as your thyroid hormones. These hormones act as chemical messengers that tell various body systems what to do.
Your thyroid hormones play an important role in:
Any disruption in the production of these hormones can cause a number of symptoms.
Thyroid problems develop if your thyroid gland produces too few (hypothyroidism) or too many (hyperthyroidism) of the essential thyroid hormones. Your symptoms differ depending on whether you’re suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Common symptoms caused by hypothyroidism include:
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is one of the most common causes of hypothyroidism. It’s an autoimmune condition that causes your body to produce antibodies that attack and destroy your thyroid.
Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
There are many reasons why your body may overproduce thyroid hormones. An autoimmune disorder called Grave’s Disease is one of the most common causes. This condition triggers your immune system to produce antibodies that increase the production of thyroid hormones.
Dr. Venkatesh determines if you have thyroid problems after a comprehensive examination. In addition to a physical exam and a review of your symptoms, Dr. Venkatesh may also run special blood tests to assess your hormone levels. He may also look for specific antibodies to determine the underlying cause or your hormonal changes.
Treatment for your thyroid condition depends on whether you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, and the underlying cause of your hormonal changes. Dr. Venkatesh takes an individualized approach to care and creates a treatment plan specific to you that helps improve your overall health and quality of life.
For management of your thyroid problems from a physician who addresses all of your health concerns, call Seven Hills Medical Center today or book an appointment online.