Thyroid Disorders Specialist Questions and Answers
You may not know it, but your thyroid gland plays a vital role in numerous processes that go on in your body! From metabolic function to brain development and bone maintenance, your thyroid gland produces hormones that enable such processes to function correctly. As such, when your thyroid is in disarray, there is a broad range of symptoms that can appear as a result. At Mercy Medical Clinic, our board-certified physicians are experts in diagnosing, treating, and managing thyroid disorders and would be delighted to help you manage yours! Call us for more information. We serve patients from Wylie TX, Murphy TX, St Paul TX, Parker TX, and Lavon TX.
Who is the best doctor for thyroid?
The best doctor to see for a thyroid problem ultimately depends on the nature of your thyroid condition and what the recommended treatment is.
As such, if female hormonal issues cause your thyroid condition, an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) could be the best option.
If you have thyroid cancer, you should see an oncologist, who is a doctor that specializes in treating and providing medical care for individuals who are diagnosed with cancer.
If you require a thyroidectomy, which is usually discovered after seeing a thyroid specialist, you will need to see either a general surgeon or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon.
For an autoimmune thyroid condition, a primary care physician (PCP) who can closely monitor your condition consistently is the best option.
Finally, an endocrinologist, or internal medicine doctor that specializes in endocrinology, is the premier choice for treating and providing medical care for individuals who are diagnosed with thyroid disease.
Moreover, many internal medicine doctors also double as primary care physicians! When this is the case, as it is at Mercy Medical Clinic, an internal medicine primary care physician specializing in endocrinology is likely the best doctor to see for any thyroid treatment. If needed, they can refer you to an oncologist, surgeon, or OB/GYN for specialized treatment.
What kind of doctor do you go to for thyroid problems?
There are several different doctors that you can go to see for thyroid problems. Some of these doctors include endocrinologists, internal medicine doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, oncologists, primary care physicians, and surgeons. The specific doctor that you should see depends on the type of thyroid problem you are seeking medical attention for, such as any of the following thyroid conditions:
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Hyper- or hypothyroidism
- Postpartum thyroiditis
- Subacute thyroiditis
- Thyroid cancer
If you have any of the above conditions or diseases, our board-certified physicians can help at Mercy Medical Clinic! We can
When should I see a thyroid specialist?
You may need to see a thyroid specialist if the symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism do not improve with treatment, you have an enlarged thyroid gland, called a goiter, you notice a thyroid nodule or lump, or if you are pregnant or trying to conceive and are concerned about your hormone levels.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism include the following:
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Anxiety and nervousness
- Diarrhea or increased bowel movements
- Difficulty sleeping
- Excessive sweating
- Fewer and lighter menstrual periods than usual
- Hot flashes
- Increased appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Trembling in hands or fingers
- Weight loss
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Cold flashes
- Dry, thinning hair
- Extreme fatigue
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Hoarse voice
- Joint or muscle pain
- Muscle weakness
- Puffy face
- Slow heart rate
- Weight gain
What are the reasons to see an endocrinologist?
Besides thyroid disorders, endocrinologists can treat a variety of conditions and illnesses, including the following:
- Bone diseases, such as osteoporosis or osteomalacia
- Hypertension, or high blood pressure
- Lipid disorders, such as hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome, obesity, or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
If you are experiencing problems with your thyroid, our thyroid disorders specialists at Mercy Medical Clinic would be happy to help you! If you wish to schedule an appointment with us, you can do so through our website or call us at (972) 429-1077 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday through Friday. You can find Mercy Medical Clinic at 615 S Highway 78, Suite 100, in Wylie, Texas.