Schneider Medical Group, PA
Internists & Integrative Medicine Doctors located in Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, North Carolina, office, including personalized services for
diagnosing and treating both acute and chronic medical conditions. Dr.
Schneider emphasizes internal and integrative medicine, taking a total
approach to health and wellness. Managing a chronic illness requires
specialized care and personalized attention. Contact Schneider Medical
Group today to learn more about her primary care practice.
What does your thyroid do?
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near your trachea. It’s your thyroid’s job to regulate a variety of metabolic process, including the production of hormones. When your thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it causes serious medical conditions.
How are thyroid disorders diagnosed?
An ill-functioning thyroid can result in several medical conditions, including:
- Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid)
- Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid)
- Development of goiters (enlargement of the thyroid)
Diagnosis of thyroid disorders can be achieved through blood tests, imaging tests, or biopsies.
Dr. Schneider will perform a clinical evaluation, review your medical history, and order additional testing if necessary. Any symptoms you’ve experience should be discussed at your initial appointment.
What are the symptoms of a thyroid disorder?
Different thyroid disorders bring about different symptoms.
Hypothyroidism symptoms may include:
- Chronic feelings of fatigue
- Lack of concentration
- Dry skin
Hyperthyroidism may cause:
- Rapid heart rate
- Weight loss
- Intolerance to heat
- Increased sweating
Goiters can be present in cases of hypo- or hyperthyroidism, as well as with normal thyroid functionality.
Thyroid nodules are masses formed on your thyroid. These cysts or tumors range in size and are typically benign, but in some cases they are cancerous.
Symptoms related to thyroid disorders are also related to several other medical conditions. It’s helpful to keep track of the symptoms you think are related to a thyroid problem and discuss them openly with Dr. Schneider at your appointment.
How are thyroid conditions treated?
Because thyroid conditions vary, treatments are tailored to your specific medical needs. Medication therapies and thyroid hormone replacement treatments are often used to replace low hormone levels and restore balance to thyroid hormones.
Eating a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into your daily routine will also help to rebalance your hormone levels naturally. Surgery may also be required to treat some thyroid-related conditions.
Any thyroid condition should be diagnosed and treated by a qualified medical professional. Discuss any supplements or home remedies with Dr. Schneider before adding them to your treatment plan. She can go over all your options for better overall health.