Endocrinologists located in St. Cloud, FL & Kissimmee, FL
Your thyroid is responsible for producing hormones that regulate your metabolism, heart function, and digestion processes. Since thyroid diseases can affect any of these processes, the specialized team at Premier Endocrinology in Florida offer comprehensive care and treatment. With the help of Theresa Fynn, MD, in St. Cloud and Kwame Ntim, MD, in Kissimmee, you can get relief from the side effects of thyroid diseases and disorders. Call to schedule an evaluation at your closest clinic or click on the online scheduling feature.
Thyroid Diseases Q & A
Are there symptoms of thyroid diseases?
Yes. Thyroid diseases or disorders include a multitude of issues that affect the normal processes of your thyroid, which produces several types of hormones. Generally, you have either too little or too much thyroid hormone levels in your body.
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. You may experience:
- Dry skin
- Fluid retention
- Feeling foggy or fatigued
- Widespread muscle and joint aches
Hyperthyroidism means that your thyroid is producing excessive amounts of thyroid hormones — this is much less common than hypothyroidism. Not only are you likely to notice weight loss due to increased metabolism, you could also experience:
- Tremors or shakes
- Rapid heart rhythm
- Fine or brittle hair
- Frequent bowel movements
There are several serious reasons why your thyroid hormones may be too low or too high, so understanding symptoms and getting a diagnosis early on are important.
What causes thyroid disease?
It isn’t always well understood why some men and women develop issues with their thyroid, although if you have a family history of thyroid disease, you’re more likely to have it, too. Some of the leading causes of thyroid disease include:
- Enlarged thyroid (goiter)
- Thyroid nodules
- Thyroid cancer
- Excessive iodine intake
- Immune system disorders, like Graves’ disease
Your thyroid works alongside your pituitary gland and hypothalamus, so if you have underlying conditions with either of them, you can also develop issues with your thyroid.
How is thyroid disease treated?
Because your thyroid is essential for regulating basic bodily functions, Dr. Fynn, Dr. Ntim, and the rest of the specialized endocrinology team at Premier Endocrinology work tirelessly to find the best possible solutions for your needs. Your thyroid disease or thyroid disorder treatment plan can include medications that:
- Replenish low hormone levels
- Decrease production of certain hormones
- Minimize side effects of excessive hormone levels
In some cases, especially if you have high thyroid levels (hyperthyroidism), you could benefit from radioactive ablation. This minimally invasive procedure involves using controlled doses of iodine and radioactivity to safely destroy parts of your thyroid tissue.
But if you continue having problems, develop a cancerous thyroid tumor, or have goiter, you might need surgery. Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim can counsel you through the best course of treatments, based on the severity of your condition, before looking into surgery.
To book your thyroid disease evaluation at Premier Endocrinology, call the location closest to you or use the online booking system.