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Thyroid Disease

Your thyroid produces hormones that are responsible for nearly all metabolic processes.

Have you been experiencing weight fluctuations, tremors, muscle weakness, or other issues? Schedule a thyroid disease evaluation so our team can begin developing a treatment plan.

With four convenient locations, Edward Condon Medical, P.C. serves families and individuals throughout Long Island.

Thyroid disease means that your thyroid — a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck — is producing either too much or too little thyroid hormones. Common causes of thyroid disease include:

  • Overproduction of thyroid hormone (Grave’s disease)
  • Too little iodine in your diet, which can lead to goiter
  • Thyroid nodules, which can lead to toxic adenoma
  • Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)
  • Thyroid inflammation (subacute thyroiditis)
  • Pituitary gland disorders or growths
  • Exposure to too much iodine

Your risk of developing thyroid disease is increased if it runs in your family or if you have had radiation exposure in the past.

The thyroid plays an integral role in metabolic processes throughout your body, making potential symptoms widespread.

Low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism), as with Hashimoto’s disease, can lead to:

  • Weight gain
  • Overly dry skin
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Slow heart rate
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold

If your thyroid hormone levels are high (hyperthyroidism), as with Grave’s disease, you may experience:

  • Weight loss
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Excessive sweating
  • Restlessness and nervousness

Our endocrinology specialists will determine if you have thyroid disease; if you do, we can run further testing to determine its cause and severity level. These tests may include thyroid-stimulating hormone testing, sonograms, or biopsies.

Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test

A TSH test serves as a good indication of your overall thyroid health. By measuring your TSH levels, we learn if your thyroid produces too little or too much of these hormones.

Once we have diagnosed the issue, we can start you on a personalized treatment plan.

Our practice is dedicated to finding an effective resolution for your thyroid problems. Your thyroid disease treatment plan depends on your unique diagnosis. For those with low levels of thyroid hormones, we may recommend hormone replacement medications.

However, if you have high levels of thyroid hormones, your treatment plan may include:

  • In-office radiofrequency ablation procedure
  • Medications to block thyroid hormone production
  • Radioactive iodine to destroy all or part of your thyroid
  • Beta-blocker medicines to control symptoms, including a rapid heartbeat

For more severe cases of thyroid disease or if a tumor is present, we may recommend the removal of your thyroid gland. After this procedure, thyroid hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the typical course of action. At Edward Condon Medical, P.C., we will be by your side every step of the way, professionally monitoring your case to ensure the optimal outcome.

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