Thyroid disease can affect your quality of life in many ways. Whatever your presenting symptom, underlying thyroid disease should always be a consideration. At Health One Family Medicine in Irving, Texas, Dr. Shalin Parikh is diligent about diagnosing and properly treating thyroid disease to ensure optimal quality of life.
The thyroid gland is a small gland near your throat that produces thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is essential for the proper functioning of everything from vision to skin to heart rate.
Thyroid levels can be checked with a simple blood test. Based on the level, the provider can determine if you are hyperthyroid (levels are too high) or hypothyroid (levels are too low).
Thyroid disorders come in a wide array. Your doctor will first determine the underlying cause and might refer you to an endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid disorders. Most cases of hypothyroidism are treated with an oral medication. However, the diagnostic work-up will dictate the proper treatment.