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Thyroid Specialist

Otolaryngology Associates, LLC -  - Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology Associates, LLC

Otolaryngology & ENTs located in Indianapolis, IN & throughout Central Indiana

Thyroid disorders are common, affecting more than 12% of people in the United States during their lifetime. If weight gain, fatigue, or other symptoms of thyroid problems negatively affect you, help is within reach at Otolaryngology Associates, LLC. The team treats thyroid conditions at their seven clinics located across central Indiana in Indianapolis, Greencastle, Greenfield, Kokomo, Noblesville, and Carmel. Schedule an appointment over the phone or book your visit online today.

Thyroid

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a gland in your neck that produces the thyroid hormones. These hormones influence every metabolic process in the body, controlling how fast and effectively your body burns calories. If your thyroid gland stops performing correctly, it can severely affect your health.

What are thyroid disorders?

A thyroid disorder occurs when there's an imbalance in hormone production or when something happens to the gland itself. It can alter your metabolism and lead to unpleasant side effects. Thyroid disorders include:

  • Hypothyroidism: too little thyroid hormone production
  • Hyperthyroidism: too much thyroid hormone production
  • Goiter: enlarged thyroid gland
  • Thyroid cancer: cancer within your thyroid gland
  • Thyroiditis: swelling of your thyroid gland
  • Thyroid nodules: lumps on your thyroid gland

Thyroid disorders can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, treatments are available from the team at Otolaryngology Associates.

What are the symptoms of thyroid disorders?

The following symptoms may indicate you have a thyroid disorder:

Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Frequent, heavy menstrual periods
  • Dry, coarse hair
  • Dry skin
  • Cold intolerance
  • Forgetfulness
  • A hoarse voice

Hyperthyroidism

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness or tremors
  • Irritability/nervousness
  • Infrequent or scant menstrual periods
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Vision problems
  • Eye irritation

If you suspect a thyroid disorder based on your symptoms, check in with your otolaryngologist to find out for sure.

What causes thyroid problems?

Genetics play a role in your thyroid function. In addition, women are five to eight times more likely to develop thyroid problems than men. Inflammation of your thyroid gland, thyroid nodules, iodine deficiency, and iodine-containing medications may also result in thyroid problems.

How are thyroid problems diagnosed?

Your doctor at Otolaryngology Associates, LLC reviews your medical history and symptoms and feels your thyroid gland. If your thyroid gland is larger than normal or if your doctor detects nodules or lumps on it, they might recommend a biopsy or imaging tests. Your doctor may also use blood tests to diagnose your condition.

What is the treatment for thyroid disorders?

Treatment for thyroid disorders depends on which condition you have. Your doctor might recommend:

  • Taking medications
  • Injections
  • Radioiodine therapy to shrink the thyroid gland
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Radiation or chemotherapy for thyroid cancer
  • Targeted drug therapy

Don’t let symptoms of a thyroid problem lead to serious complications when simple treatments are available. Schedule an appointment with the team at Otolaryngology Associates, LLC over the phone or online today.

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