Should I Get My Thyroid Hormone Levels Checked?

thyroidWhat is a thyroid disorder?

A thyroid disorder is a condition that affects the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck.

The thyroid gland controls many aspects of your body, and when your hormone levels are not functioning properly, you can experience changes in your metabolism, heart palpitations, and even mood swings.

Some thyroid disorders include:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Goiter
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid cancer

How is a thyroid disorder diagnosed?

A diagnosis is reached after a thorough medical review of symptoms, risk factors, medical history, family history, a physical examination, blood tests, and maybe an ultrasound.

Having a simple blood test done can evaluate your hormone levels and detect if you are at risk for other health concerns.

Physicians measure a pituitary hormone known as the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which can indicate an overactive or underactive thyroid.  When the circulating thyroid hormone levels are low, which is called hypothyroidism, your body is not producing enough thyroid hormones. This can cause you to feel sluggish due to hormone depletion.  

Should I get tested for thyroid disorders?

You can determine if you need to be evaluated for thyroid disorders by performing an at-home “thyroid neck check,” where all you need is a mirror and a glass or water.  

The steps of this simple test include:

  • Hold a mirror to your neck
  • Tilt your head back and keep an eye on your neck area
  • Take a sip of water

If you notice any bulges in your neck while swallowing, you should consider visiting an endocrinologist for a full evaluation.

It’s important to note that an at-home thyroid neck check does not rule out the possibility that you could have a thyroid condition. A visit with an endocrinologist can provide you with a full diagnosis and steps for further treatment.

Endocrinology at Synergy Immediate Care

At Synergy Immediate Care, we specialize in the evaluation, treatment, and management symptoms of thyroid disorders such as:

  • Menstrual changes
  • Feeling bloated or feeling sluggish
  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
  • Feelings of depression
  • Unintended weight gain or weight loss
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heat or cold intolerance

For more information about our endocrinology services, or to book an appointment with our endocrinologist, please call us at 703-942-5331!

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