What does the thyroid do?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ in your neck, just above your collarbone. It works with the parathyroid glands to produce hormones that control metabolism and calcium levels. Metabolism is your body's way of turning food into energy to carry out activities and bodily functions.
Symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)
Symptoms of an overactive thyroid can include weight loss, fatigue, nervousness, decreased concentration, rapid heart rate, tremors, excessive sweating and heat intolerance. Please note these symptoms do not always indicate hyperthyroidism, nor does everyone suffering from hyperthyroidism have these symptoms. Click here to learn more about hyperthyroidism.
Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
Underactive thyroid symptoms include fatigue, depression, weight gain, constipation, leg swelling, muscle cramps and increased cholesterol levels. Again, these symptoms do not always indicate hypothyroidism, and not everyone suffering from hypothyroidism has these symptoms. For more information about hypothyroidism and related problems, click here.
Other Thyroid Disorders
Novant Health South Charlotte Endocrinology treats a variety of other thyroid disorders, including thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and parathyroid disorders. Click here to learn more about thyroid cancer. Click here to learn more about the hormones related to these disorders.
Thyroid Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment
Our office offers a number of diagnostic tests and procedures including ultrasound and biopsies to diagnose thyroid disorders. More information can be found by clicking here. Treatment for thyroid disorders includes medication to stimulate or suppress hormone production. In some cases, surgery might be suggested.
(The pituitary gland, located in your brain, tells your thyroid how much hormone to produce. Pituitary disorders and thyroid disorders can be closely linked.)