Thyroid

Green Valley Primary Care

Seema B Sood, MD

Internal Medicine Physician & Integrated Medical Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

Your thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate your metabolism, and if they become imbalanced, it can have life-changing consequences for your health and general well-being. Seema Sood, MD, of Green Valley Primary Care in Las Vegas is a highly qualified physician with considerable expertise helping people who have thyroid disorders to regain their health and vitality. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Sood, call Green Valley Primary Care today or book an appointment online.

Thyroid Q & A

Menopause is an inevitable part of the aging process for women, and while some have an easy time with menopause symptoms, others find that their menopausal side effects have a serious impact on their lives. Seema Sood, MD, of Green Valley Primary Care in Las Vegas is an outstanding physician with years of experience helping women with the more difficult aspects of menopause. If you’re going through menopause and feel like you need help alleviating your symptoms, call Green Valley Primary Care today or book an appointment online.

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid gland in your neck produces hormones that are responsible for regulating your metabolism. If your thyroid produces too much or not enough of these hormones, it can cause a range of symptoms that could have a profound effect on your quality of life.

The two most common problems that affect the thyroid are hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid):

Hypothyroidism

If you have hypothyroidism, it means your thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones. Having insufficient thyroid hormones affects your energy levels and slows your metabolism, and causes symptoms such as:

  • Changes in your monthly menstrual cycle
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Hair loss
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Weight gain
  • Problems losing weight
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Because these symptoms are similar to those of other conditions, such as menopause, you may not realize you have an underactive thyroid.

Hyperthyroidism

If you have hyperthyroidism, it means your thyroid is producing too much thyroid hormone, causing symptoms such as:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Palpitations
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Frequent urination
  • Hand tremors
  • Problems sleeping
  • Thinning skin
  • Fine, brittle hair

Most thyroid disorders respond well to medication, so once you have the correct diagnosis, you can start treatment and regain your health.

How are thyroid problems diagnosed?

Dr. Sood diagnoses thyroid disorders by taking a blood test and having it analyzed. The test measures thyroid hormones levels and other significant factors to confirm thyroid malfunction and its possible causes. She also looks at the internal structure of the thyroid using ultrasound scanning.

What treatments are available for thyroid disorders?

Treatment for thyroid disorders consists of rebalancing the levels of thyroid hormone in your body. If your thyroid is overactive, Dr. Sood prescribes medication to keep your thyroid from producing such high quantities of hormones.

If your thyroid is underactive, Dr. Sood can start you on a course of synthetic thyroxine T4, a drug that boosts your levels of thyroid hormones. You need to take the medication every day and have regular blood tests to make sure your body is producing the correct amount of hormones.

If you have symptoms of a thyroid problem, arrange a consultation with Dr. Sood by calling Green Valley Primary Care today or booking an appointment online.