Thyroid Disease

Corey Howard, MD, FACP, FMNM, FAARFM -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine

Howard Health And Wellness

Corey Howard, MD, FACP, FMNM, FAARFM

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Naples, FL

Thyroid disorders are common among men and women and sometimes may be due to nutritional issues. If you suspect a thyroid problem because of fatigue, weight gain, or thinning hair, board-certified internal medicine physician Corey Howard, MD, FACP, FMNM, FAARFM, offers solutions. At Howard Health & Wellness, in Naples, Florida, Dr. Howard can detect and treat thyroid problems to give you a better quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to learn more about thyroid treatment options.

Thyroid Q & A

What are thyroid disorders?

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck. It helps regulate your body’s metabolism. Common thyroid issues you might experience at some point during your lifetime include:

  • Goiter: thyroid gland enlargement
  • Thyroid nodules: lumps on your thyroid gland
  • Thyroiditis: thyroid gland swelling
  • Thyroid cancer: cancerous tissue in your thyroid gland
  • Hyperthyroidism: too much thyroid hormone
  • Hypothyroidism: too little thyroid hormone

Thyroid problems are easily detectable and treatable, but when left untreated can cause unpleasant or serious symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of thyroid problems?

Thyroid disorder symptoms vary based on the type of thyroid issue you experience. You might notice an enlarged thyroid gland in your neck. 

With hypothyroidism or low thyroid, you may experience weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, and feeling cold, as well as muscle weakness, heavy periods, depression, and pale skin. 

If you have hyperthyroidism or high thyroid, you might notice unexplained weight loss, an increase in sweating, problems sleeping, feeling warm, muscle weakness, trembling, irregular heartbeats, and changes in menstrual periods. 

What are the risk factors for thyroid disorders?

Some common factors that put you at risk for thyroid disorders include:

  • Family history of thyroid problems
  • Genetics
  • Being a woman
  • Older age
  • Having an autoimmune disorder
  • A history of chronic diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiation treatment
  • Previous thyroid surgery

Anyone can develop thyroid problems, however. See the primary care experts at Howard Health & Wellness for an evaluation at the first sign of a thyroid disorder.

How does Dr. Howard detect thyroid issues?

Dr. Howard can detect thyroid disorders after reviewing your symptoms and medical history, examining your thyroid gland, and reviewing results from blood tests. He might also recommend an ultrasound to get a better view of your thyroid gland, and discuss treatment options with you to find one that best matches your needs.

What are my thyroid disorder treatment options?

Your thyroid disorder treatment plan depends on the type and severity of thyroid disorder you have. Dr. Howard might recommend:

  • Medications
  • Thyroid gland surgery
  • Radioiodine therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Occasionally, a referral to an endocrinologist may be needed

He monitors your thyroid levels periodically to ensure your treatment is working the way it’s designed to, and makes adjustments to medications as needed to keep you healthy and eliminate unpleasant symptoms.

If you’re at risk for thyroid problems or experience new or unusual symptoms, schedule an appointment at Howard Health & Wellness by phone or online today.