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Thyroid Problems Specialist

Love Family Healthcare, PLLC

Family Medicine Practice located in Arlington, TX

If you have a thyroid disorder, getting proper treatment is crucial. At Love Family Healthcare, PLLC, a black-owned health care practice in Arlington, Texas, family medicine practitioner Shira Love, MSN, FNP-C, and her experienced team diagnose and treat thyroid problems to enhance your quality of life and reduce the risk of complications. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Thyroid Problems Q&A

What are thyroid problems?

Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that makes hormones and controls your body’s metabolism. Problems with your thyroid gland might include:

  • Hypothyroidism: low thyroid hormone
  • Hyperthyroidism: high thyroid hormone
  • Goiter: thyroid gland enlargement
  • Thyroid nodules: thyroid gland lumps
  • Thyroid cancer: cancer of the thyroid gland
  • Thyroiditis: thyroid gland swelling

Early detection and treatment is the best way to avoid complications associated with thyroid disorders. 

What are the risk factors for thyroid problems?

Thyroid problems can happen to anybody, but are usually more common among women. Risk factors include a family history of thyroid disease, obesity, taking certain medications, and having an autoimmune disease. 

Previous radiation therapy to your neck or chest, past thyroid surgery, and pregnancy can also increase your risk of thyroid disorders. 

What are the symptoms of thyroid problems?

The symptoms you experience with a thyroid disorder depend on your diagnosis. You might notice:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Feeling cold or too hot
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Fatigue 
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hair or skin changes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Impaired memory 
  • Appetite changes
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Bowel changes
  • Depression

Untreated thyroid disorders can result in many complications, including heart problems, infertility, eye problems, and nerve damage. When left untreated, thyroid cancer can spread to other parts of your body.

How does my doctor diagnose thyroid problems?

To diagnose a thyroid disorder, Shira checks your vital signs, reviews your medical history, and completes a physical exam. She evaluates your thyroid gland and might recommend you undergo blood tests to assess thyroid hormone levels. 

You may need a tissue biopsy or thyroid ultrasound to produce an in-depth view of your thyroid gland.

What are common treatments for thyroid problems?

If you have a thyroid disorder, Shira might recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Weight loss
  • Diet changes
  • Dietary supplements
  • Thyroid medications
  • Radioiodine therapy
  • Thyroid surgery

Love Family Healthcare, PLLC personalizes each thyroid treatment. They monitor your thyroid levels periodically to ensure the treatment works effectively.

At the first sign of a thyroid problem, schedule an evaluation with Love Family Healthcare, PLLC. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.