Thyroid imbalance can cause a host of issues, from weight gain to chronic fatigue. An estimated 20 million Americans are living with thyroid disorders, but fewer than half are getting the treatment they need to feel their best. Galen Healthcare & Aesthetics specializes in diagnosing and treating thyroid problems. If you think you could be suffering from a thyroid disorder, call the Greer, South Carolina, office or book a consultation online. We also service the Greenville, SC area.
Your thyroid is a hormone-secreting gland located in your neck. Thyroid hormones are essential chemical messengers in your body that control a wide range of functions, from metabolism to growth.
Sometimes, thyroid hormones get disrupted and out-of-balance. When this happens, it can affect your body in a variety of ways. There are many different kinds of thyroid disorders, but the two most common are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
If you have hypothyroidism, or N underactive thyroid, your body doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones. Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, is the opposite. It occurs when your body makes too much of the key thyroid hormones.
If you’re living with thyroid hormone imbalance, it can affect your physical and mental wellbeing. The type of imbalance that you have can cause different symptoms, but the impact can affect your body in numerous ways.
Some common symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism are often the opposite of hypothyroidism and often include:
Noticing any of these symptoms is an indication of a possible thyroid imbalance. The healthcare team at Galen Healthcare & Aesthetics offers diagnostic testing for thyroid disorders to determine if a thyroid imbalance is present.
If you’re diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, your provider develops a treatment plan that fits your needs. Regardless of your disorder, thyroid treatment is focused on rebalancing hormone levels to help your body function optimally.
The most common treatment for hypothyroidism is prescription levothyroxine, a synthetic thyroid hormone. Finding the perfect dosage for your needs may take time, but many people start feeling better shortly after beginning treatment.
Hyperthyroidism can be treated with antithyroid medications that stop your thyroid from producing excessive hormones. Beta-blockers can minimize symptoms of hyperthyroidism, while radioactive iodine therapy can shrink enlarged thyroid glands.
Find compassionate care for thyroid disorders at Galen Healthcare & Aesthetics. Contact the office by phone or use the online booking tool for an appointment.