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HYPERTHYROIDISM


 

You were diagnosed with too much thyroid hormone. Patients with your condition may have a wide spectrum of symptoms including irregular heartbeat, tremor, mental fogginess, weight changes, feeling overly hot, feeling irritable, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty sleeping.

In order for us to determine what is causing your excess thyroid levels you will be sent to the lab for blood work. If you are taking biotin, you are requested to stop taking this supplement for at least seven days before your blood test.

You may be asked to have a thyroid ultrasound. The thyroid ultrasound is not painful, it will allow the physician to determine if your thyroid gland is large or if there is a nodule causing the excess of thyroid hormone.

You may be sent for a nuclear medicine scan. You will be asked to take a pill and return within 24 hours to the radiology department. This test is done in order to help us determine what is the cause of your access thyroid function. Some patients have a nodule that causes too much thyroid hormone, some patients have a large thyroid gland that is over active, and other patients have a virus that is causing the thyroid gland to overproduce thyroid hormone. This test helps the physician determine which is the cause. It is important to determine the cause since each treatment is different. If you were given a prescription for METHIMAZOLE , it is important that you have this test done prior to starting your medication.

You may be started on a medication called propranolol. This medication will help control your symptoms of too much thyroid hormone. It is important to take this medication as instructed by your doctor.

You will be asked to have labs every 4 to 6 weeks in order for us to process the improvement of your thyroid function.

Please register for our patient portal. This is the easiest way for you to communicate with our office. You will be able to notify us of symptoms that are developing or the need to obtain a new lab slip, medication refills, or ask the doctor questions.

I look forward to helping you take back your health,

Dr. Ana Silva