Thyroid Specialist

Magnolia Health Care

Functional Medicine Specialists & Internal Medicine located in Florence, SC

The thyroid is a small gland, but it can have wide-reaching ramifications for your overall health. Thyroid problems can lead to weight gain or loss, fatigue, hair loss, and more, making it feel nearly impossible to lead a normal, healthy life. If you’ve been feeling less than healthy, have unexplained symptoms, or think you’re having thyroid problems, Emmanuel Quaye, MD, can help. To learn more about how Dr. Quaye can diagnose and treat your thyroid problems, call Magnolia Health Care or schedule your appointment at their Florence, South Carolina, office online.

Thyroid Q & A

What does the thyroid do?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. It’s responsible for regulating your metabolism — your body’s ability to break down food and convert it into energy. An overactive or underactive thyroid can lead to a host of health problems. Some of the most common symptoms of a thyroid issue include:

  • Excessive weight gain or loss
  • Trouble controlling your body’s temperature
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Swelling and discomfort in the neck and throat
  • Hair loss
  • Digestive problems
  • Changes in your vision

Clearly, when your thyroid isn’t operating as it should, your body can’t feel its best. Fortunately, Dr. Quaye can diagnose and treat thyroid problems.

What are the different types of thyroid problems?

The thyroid can be impacted by a range of issues, including under or over performance because of nutritional deficiencies. There are also multiple thyroid diseases. Some of the most common include:

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is extremely common. It occurs when your thyroid produces too little of the hormones your body needs to regulate your metabolism. People with hypothyroidism often experience weight gain, fatigue, and sensitivity to cold.

Hyperthyroidism

Your thyroid can also have the opposite problem. Hyperthyroidism occurs when your body produces too much thyroid hormone. It often causes weight loss, sleep problems, rapid heartbeat, and irritability.

Autoimmune thyroiditis

Some people’s bodies create antibodies that attack the thyroid by mistake, causing it to become inflamed. Autoimmune thyroiditis is commonly known as Hashimoto’s disease and leads to hypothyroidism.

How are thyroid problems treated?

While many people try to live with their thyroid problem by simply masking the symptoms, Dr. Quaye works with you to address the issue at its root cause. As an expert in functional medicine, he’s extremely experienced in addressing imbalances in the body. He offers treatments that regulate the hormones your thyroid produces so you can enjoy an improved quality of life and fewer symptoms.

If you’re tired of living with a thyroid problem without a way to improve your overall health and wellbeing, call Magnolia Health Care or book your appointment online today.

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