Thyroid

Rejuv Medical Louisville

Functional Medicine Specialist & Hormone Replacement Therapy located in Louisville, KY

According to researchers, as many as 20 million Americans have a type of thyroid disease, and as many as 60% have no idea they are living with the condition. John R Baird, MD, of Rejuv Medical Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, dedicates his practice to helping patients get to the bottom of their health concerns and move toward optimal function. That process begins with a quick phone call or a visit to the online request appointment tool to request an appointment.

Thyroid Q & A

What is the thyroid?

Your thyroid is a gland located in the front of your neck. Shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid sits near the base of your neck and wraps around your trachea. It is comprised of two lobes joined by a thin section of tissue.

The thyroid plays a vital role in hormone production. The primary hormone it manufactures is called thyroxine, also known as T4. This hormone is converted into the T3 hormone, and these two work together to regulate your metabolism.

Every single cell in your body needs these hormones to thrive. A continuous communication loop between your thyroid and brain controls thyroid hormone production.

What is thyroid disease?

There are various types of thyroid disease, each of which presents specific symptoms and requires a unique treatment path.

Hypothyroidism

This condition occurs when your thyroid produces insufficient thyroid hormones. Symptoms can include fatigue, feeling cold, or fluid retention.

Hyperthyroidism

This condition occurs when your thyroid produces too many thyroid hormones. Symptoms can include sweating, concentration problems, and fast heart rate.

Thyroid nodules

These small lumps are usually benign, but can sometimes cause discomfort and other symptoms.

Thyroid cancer

Like all forms of cancer, thyroid cancer is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth within the thyroid gland.

A goiter is the name used to describe an enlarged thyroid. While not a specific disease, a goiter can be a sign of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

What are some treatment options for thyroid disease?

Many thyroid problems stem from autoimmune disease. Dr. Baird at Rejuv Medical Louisville has extensive experience providing autoimmune support, which can relieve thyroid issues.

Customized thyroid hormone replacement is another common treatment option. Comprehensive lab testing guides all types of treatments and delivers additional insight into how well your thyroid is functioning at any given time.

Medications might play a role in treating your thyroid condition, but the primary focus is always on identifying and treating the underlying cause, and not just on addressing individual symptoms as they arise.

If you or a loved one is in need of diagnostics or treatment for thyroid disease, call Rejuv Medical Louisville today to set up a visit, or spend a few moments on the request appointment page.