If you’re being plagued by symptoms that don’t seem to have a clear cause, you should have your thyroid checked. Often overlooked, this tiny butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your throat could be the source of your problems.
The providers at ENT of New Orleans, with four locations in the Greater New Orleans area, are experts in thyroid health. We can find out if your thyroid is over- or under-active, and prescribe the correct form of treatment to restore balance.
According to the American Thyroid Association, more than one in ten Americans are likely to experience thyroid problems at some point in their lifetimes. Already, it’s estimated that around 20 million people in the US have thyroid issues, but only around 40% of them have received the right diagnosis. Simply asking for a thyroid test could yield answers to questions about symptoms you’ve had for years.
Your thyroid is responsible for producing regulatory hormones that manage things like growth, metabolism, and energy. Having too much or too little of these hormones can cause chronic symptoms. Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is underactive. Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid is overactive.
Hypothyroidism has symptoms that can mimic many common health conditions, and sadly, these issues may be dismissed by uninformed doctors because their patient is overweight or obese. If you’ve been told all your problems are weight-related, it’s worth asking for a second opinion. These symptoms could be signs of hypothyroidism:
Hypothyroidism usually requires thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
Hyperthyroidism can also look just like many other health problems, leading to the all-too-common problem of misdiagnosis. If you have a combination of any of the following symptoms, ask to have your thyroid checked.
Hyperthyroidism treatment may be medication or radioactive iodine to slow thyroid hormone production, or your doctor may recommend thyroid surgery.
Think you might have a thyroid problem? Schedule a consultation by calling the location closest to you, or request an appointment online.