Check for a Thyroid Problem with Blood Testing

Posted on: June 16, 2018

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Blood testing is the first step for finding out if your thyroid is working properly. Many people are not aware of the importance of the thyroid gland and how hormone levels that are even slightly off can cause a variety of health problems. Fortunately, if health problems are a result of the thyroid, there are easy ways to treat it. To do so, there must first be a blood test.

Signs of a thyroid problem

The thyroid can be overactive or underactive, each with their own set of symptoms. Even if the symptoms may seem completely different from each other, they can still be indicative of a problem. Here are some of the symptoms that can result from thyroid problems:

 

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle weakness
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Dry skin
  • Rapid or strange heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Puffy eyes or face
  • High cholesterol
  • Loss of libido or sexual function
  • Hair loss or brittle hair

Anyone who is suffering from these symptoms, even if just one or two, should visit our office for a blood test to determine if a thyroid imbalance is causing the problem.

Anyone can suffer from a thyroid problem

Even though more women than men suffer from a thyroid problem, anyone can have a thyroid dysfunction; including men and children.

Treatment options

Blood testing determines that a person has a thyroid problem. If the patient has a thyroid problem, there are multiple treatment options to use. The option that we choose will depend on the type of problem.

Hypothyroidism

If the thyroid is underactive, the person has hypothyroidism. In this situation, the solution is to prescribe synthetic thyroid hormones. The patient takes these on a daily basis at the necessary level to create the correct balance. It is common to adjust these medications during the first year or two of treatment in order to find the correct dosage. After we can determine the right amount, the symptoms should begin to go away.

Hyperthyroidism

If the thyroid is overactive and producing too much of the hormone, it may be necessary to remove a portion of the thyroid. However, before doing so, the doctor may try a medication or radioactive iodine. While radioactive iodine can be particularly effective, is not always the best option for people who have other health problems or for women who could be pregnant/want to become pregnant.

It is a solid treatment option but in the correct circumstances.  If medication or radioactive iodine works to reduce the number of thyroid hormones the body produces, surgery will not be necessary.

The risk of not treating a thyroid problem

There are obvious health risks, including the increase of the symptoms listed above. In addition to that, a thyroid problem could get worse and someone may begin suffering from Hashimoto's disease or develop a goiter or mass that needs removal in the future.

Schedule a blood test

The first step in determining if a person has a thyroid problem is to visit our office for blood testing. If the results come back positive, we can discuss treatment options and may also refer to an endocrinologist for additional help.

Call (813) 359-8490 today to reach Doctor Affordable Medical Clinic (Zephyrhills).