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Thyroid Disorder Testing

The thyroid gland has a big job in the human body. It influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body through the hormones it produces. But like any body part, our thyroids can be affected by thyroid disorders, and the most common involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones.

Our team at Local MD Urgent Care is trained to run a suite of blood tests to determine if you have any type of thyroid disorder, and to help you treat any diagnosed disorders. Schedule an appointment below or walk-in to one of our local clinics today!

Types of Thyroid Disorders

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities are your body's metabolism. There are 2 main thyroid disorders: Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism.

About Hyperthyroidism

For individuals diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, it essentially means the thyroid is producing too much of the hormones. This condition is found more commonly in women than men, affecting roughly 1% of women. Common hyperthyroidism conditions or causes include:

  • Graves’ Disease: Overproduction of the thyroid hormone

  • Toxic Adenomas: Nodules that develop on the thyroid and secrete hormones, which upsets the chemical balance

  • Pituitary Gland Malfunctions

  • Subacute Thyroiditis: Inflammation of the thyroid that results in a “leak” of excess hormones; can be a temporary condition lasting from a few weeks to a few months

Some potential symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Weight Loss

  • Increased Appetite

  • Increased Sweating

  • Anxiety

  • Trouble Sleeping

  • Frequent Bowel Movements

About Hypothyroidism

The opposite kind of thyroid disease happens as a result of an underproduction of hormones in the thyroid. Causes of these thyroid diseases can include:

  • Removal of Thyroid Gland

  • High Lithium Consumption

  • Excessive Exposure to Iodide

  • Thyroid Malfunctions

Symptoms of hypothyroidism are, not surprisingly, mostly the opposite of those found in patients with hyperthyroidism. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue

  • Weight Gain

  • Thinning Hair

  • Intolerance of Cold

  • Joint and Muscle Pain

  • Puffy Face

  • Slowed Heart Rate

How Thyroid Testing Works

Our team of professionals can help diagnose a thyroid condition by performing a simple blood test. Through lab testing, we will analyze and measure your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Numbers that are too high or too low may indicate you are experiencing an issue with your thyroid. Our medical team will help guide you to next steps, discussing any recommended treatments, to help you feel like yourself again in no time.

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