Thyroid

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Wellspring LifeCare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Advanced Diagnostic Center located in Irvine, CA

Your thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, produces the hormones that control many of your body’s functions; so when something is wrong with your thyroid, your wellbeing suffers. At Wellspring LifeCare, Dr. Oliver Huang and Dr. Sheri Ho offer expert diagnosis and combine the best of Eastern and traditional Western medicine to restore your wellness. Call Wellspring LifeCare or make an appointment online today.

Thyroid Q & A

What is the thyroid?

Your thyroid is one of the many glands that make up your endocrine system, which produces the hormones that regulate everything your body does. Your thyroid is located at the front of your neck and is shaped like a small butterfly.

Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your metabolism as well as other critical body functions including:

  • Respiration
  • Heart rate
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Body temperature

If your thyroid is impaired, you can develop a wide range of symptoms that affect many of your body’s systems.

What are signs of thyroid problems?

Thyroid conditions cause either over- or under activity.

Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Hair loss
  • Infrequent, light periods

Underactive thyroid symptoms include:

  • Tiredness
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Depression
  • Inability to tolerate cold temperatures
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Frequent, heavy periods

If you experience any of these symptoms and have a personal or family history of thyroid problems, make an appointment at Wellspring LifeCare for expert diagnosis to get to the root cause of your symptoms.

What’s the protocol for diagnosing thyroid issues?

The doctors at Wellspring Life Care diagnose thyroid disorders with a comprehensive blood test that measures your T3 and T4 hormones. The doctors also check for signs of other hormonal imbalances and health conditions that could contribute to or exacerbate your symptoms.

In addition to your blood test, the doctors feel your neck for lumps, thyroid nodules, tumors, and other physical signs of conditions like cancer. Dr. Huang can further examine your thyroid under ultrasound to determine whether any thyroid nodules need to be biopsied. If indicated, he can then perform ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy and provide a thorough pathology evaluation.

What is the treatment for thyroid conditions?

Your thyroid treatment depends on your condition. The doctors at Wellspring LifeCare offer a holistic approach to your wellness, considering your total wellbeing as well as your symptoms. We create customized treatment plans that combine the best of traditional Western and Eastern medicine to enhance your overall health, relieve your symptoms, and restore your hormonal balance.

For example, if you have an underactive thyroid, you may benefit from a prescription to a synthetic thyroid hormone. You may also find that your health improves with some dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and additional exercise. Your doctor may also recommend herbal medicine or other alternative therapies designed to increase your energy levels.

If you have an overactive thyroid or thyroid cancer, you may need treatments to kill off the overactive tissue or surgery to remove a tumor.

Call Wellspring LifeCare or schedule an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and personalized care.

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