Endocrinologists diagnose, treat, and prevent issues related to hormones and glands. Thyroid glands are an example of what falls into the realm of endocrinology. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is part of the endocrine system. It sits in the front part of the throat and secretes hormones which travel through the bloodstream to help regulate the functions of many organs. The thyroid is a crucial part of your well-being.
There are a handful of common thyroid problems that you can develop. Each one requires a different method of treatment. Miami’s premier endocrinologist, Dr. Alexander Lurie, treats all types of thyroid issues, including the most common ones – hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones for the body. Another way to refer to this issue is underactive thyroid. People with hypothyroidism experience symptoms such as muscle pain and weakness, constipation, weight gain, fatigue, trouble breathing, dry skin, brittle nails and hair, anemia, and more.
To treat hypothyroidism, Dr. Lurie will first test you to get a diagnosis and understand the extent of how underactive your thyroid is. He will get a detailed account of your lifestyle, medical history, nutrition, and other information. With all this information, Dr. Lurie will discuss ways to provide your body with the thyroid hormones that the underactive thyroid is not producing. This will most likely be in the form of a medication containing synthetic thyroxine.
Dr. Lurie will guide you on changes you can make to your nutrition to get the essential minerals necessary for good thyroid function. He will also recommend ways for you to control symptoms of hypothyroidism, so you can live a healthy and worthwhile life with the least number of unwanted symptoms possible.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much of the thyroid hormones: T3, T4, or both. Another way to refer to this issue is overactive thyroid. People with hyperthyroidism experience symptoms such as nervousness, restlessness, irregular heartbeat, increased appetite, hair loss, nausea, itching, and more.
To treat hyperthyroidism, Dr. Lurie will first test you to get a diagnosis and understand the extent of how overactive your thyroid is. Testing may include a cholesterol test, thyroid stimulating hormone test, triglyceride test, or an ultrasound, CT, or MRI scan. Dr. Lurie will get a detailed account of your lifestyle, medical history, nutrition, and other information. Using all this information, Dr. Lurie will determine the best course of action to get your hyperthyroidism under control.
Depending on the severity of the condition, you may be able to control your hyperthyroidism with antithyroid medications, radioactive iodine, or surgery. Dr. Lurie will walk you through the treatments and explain which one suits you best. Dr. Lurie will also guide you on nutrition and ways to control symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.
Endocrinology Care in Miami, Florida
If you would like to see an endocrinologist for your thyroid-related issue, consider seeing Miami’s premier endocrinologist, Dr. Alexander Lurie. Dr. Lurie is a renowned endocrinologist with a wealth of experience in the medical field. Call (305) 456-4840 to make an appointment today or request an appointment online.