According to the American Thyroid Association, about 12% of Americans will develop a thyroid disease at some point in their lives. If you have symptoms of thyroid disease, get help from internal medicine specialist Imad Tahboub, MD, in Flowood, Mississippi. As the founder of Internal Medicine Primary Care, PA, Dr. Tahboub offers personalized and compassionate care for men and women dealing with thyroid conditions. To schedule a visit, call or book online today.
Thyroid symptoms can easily be confused for the stresses of a busy lifestyle, poor eating habits, and general fatigue. If you experience any of the following symptoms, they could be due to thyroid disease:
These symptoms can appear suddenly after a major health change, such as having a baby, or gradually over several weeks or months. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms without changing your normal habits, it’s best to see Dr. Tahboub for a consultation to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Thyroid disease occurs because your thyroid gland, which is a small, butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your throat, produces too many or too few thyroid hormones.
When too many thyroid hormones are produced, it’s called hyperthyroidism; when too few thyroid hormones are produced, it’s called hypothyroidism. Different conditions can cause hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
Some thyroid diseases could be caused by a lack of iodine in your diet or an autoimmune disease. Other cases could be related to abnormal changes to your thyroid gland itself, such as the development of a goiter or cancer of the thyroid gland.
Dr. Tahboub offers complete testing and treating of all types of thyroid disease and provides oncology referrals for cancer treatment.
Thyroid diseases are often diagnosed through simple blood tests to check your thyroid hormone levels. Dr. Tahboub begins with basic screenings of your thyroid hormones and then performs follow-up testing based on your initial results.
In some cases, such as a goiter or possible cancer, diagnostic ultrasound of your thyroid can be performed to assess changes to the shape or size of the gland.
Thyroid diseases can be managed through simple lifestyle changes – such as increasing your iodine intake or avoiding foods that are considered nightshades, including tomatoes, onions, and eggplants – and medications.
Dr. Tahboub repeats your blood work throughout treatment to ensure your thyroid hormone production is regulated effectively by any lifestyle changes and medications you’re taking.
To set up a thyroid exam at Internal Medicine Primary Care, use the online booking system or call now.