Treatment Options for Hyperthyroidism in Women

Basedow’s disease Hyperthyroidism, Coral Gables, Florida, Graves’ disease

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when your thyroid gland becomes overactive, producing too much of the thyroid hormones. Hyperthyroidism, in most cases, builds slowly, but younger patients may find the condition comes on quickly. In the beginning, most individuals easily brush off the symptoms as stress-related, or even dietary. As the condition progresses, the symptoms may become more troubling.

Graves’ disease is one form of hyperthyroidism with which many people are familiar. Also known as Basedow’s disease, this condition causes the eyes to bulge and the upper eyelids to retract. Graves’ disease can also cause the telltale swelling of the front of the neck, due to enlargement of the thyroid gland, a protrusion commonly known as a goiter.

The function of the thyroid

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that’s part of the endocrine system. It’s located at the front of your lower neck, just above the collarbone. The purpose of the thyroid gland is to make and secrete specific hormones into your bloodstream that help regulate your body temperature, brain function, heart, muscles, and metabolism. In other words, your thyroid controls how your body turns calories into energy.

When your thyroid secretes too much hormone into your system, your body goes into overdrive. Your heart beats faster, your metabolism speeds up, you can’t concentrate, and you may feel anxious and jittery. Untreated, hyperthyroidism can begin to break down your body, due to the increase in your metabolism. You tire much sooner than you did before, and some people experience a general feeling of malaise — a bit like having the flu.

Specialist in women’s health and treatment of hyperthyroidism

When you receive a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, all your symptoms begin to make sense. Finding ways to control or treat your overactive thyroid may take some tweaking. Not every treatment option works for every woman.

At Michelle M. Starke, MD, LLC, we partner with our patients to find the most effective treatment to manage hyperthyroidism. Dr. Starke uses a comprehensive approach to make a diagnosis. She checks for swelling in your neck, measures your heart rate, and looks for signs of an abundance of thyroid hormones in your blood.

Treating your overactive thyroid

Once Dr. Starke has confirmed her suspicions through a laboratory test, and possibly a scan, treatment begins. Depending on your age, your degree of hyperthyroidism, the cause of your condition (such as Graves’ disease), and any other chronic medical conditions you may have, you and Dr. Starke decide on the right treatment for you. The most common treatment options are:

In the case of Graves’ disease, you may require additional treatment, including lifestyle changes. Graves’ can affect the eyes and the skin, so Dr. Starke may prescribe medications to provide relief or refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Find relief now

Should you suspect your thyroid is overactive, or you’re experiencing symptoms of hyperthyroidism, contact our office immediately. We’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Starke so you can get to the bottom of your condition and find relief. We’re conveniently located in Coral Gables, Florida, serving the Miami area, and we look forward to partnering with you to achieve your best health.

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