Thyroid Dysfunction

Thyroid dysfunction is a common medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, produces hormones that regulate many essential bodily functions, including metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. When the thyroid gland is not functioning correctly, it can result in various symptoms and health issues.

At CoreMed Plus, we understand thyroid dysfunction’s impact on a person’s health and well-being. That’s why we offer comprehensive evaluations and treatments for thyroid dysfunction tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals.

Our experienced healthcare providers have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating thyroid dysfunction. We use the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose the condition and accurately develop a personalized treatment plan. We aim to effectively manage thyroid dysfunction and help our patients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Thyroid dysfunction can occur in two forms: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive and does not produce enough thyroid hormones. This can lead to a slowing of bodily functions, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, depression, and constipation.

On the other hand, hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. This can cause an acceleration of bodily functions, resulting in symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, and diarrhea.

Several potential causes of thyroid dysfunction include autoimmune disorders, iodine deficiency, radiation exposure, and certain medications. The condition is more common in women than men and is more likely to occur with age.

At CoreMed Plus, patient education and support are crucial in managing thyroid dysfunction. We empower our patients with knowledge about their condition and treatment options, helping them make informed decisions about their health. Our healthcare providers provide ongoing support and monitoring throughout treatment to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Thyroid dysfunction is a common medical condition that can significantly impact a person’s health and well-being. At CoreMed Plus, we offer comprehensive evaluations and treatments for thyroid dysfunction tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals. Our experienced healthcare providers use the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose and effectively manage thyroid dysfunction accurately, and we prioritize patient education and support to promote better outcomes.

What is Thyroid Dysfunction

Thyroid dysfunction is a medical condition that occurs when the thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is not functioning properly. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate many essential bodily functions, including metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels.

There are two types of thyroid dysfunction: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive and does not produce enough thyroid hormones. This can slow bodily functions, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, depression, and constipation.

On the other hand, hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone. This can cause an acceleration of bodily functions, resulting in symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, and diarrhea.

Various factors, including autoimmune disorders, iodine deficiency, radiation exposure, and certain medications, can cause thyroid dysfunction. It is more common in women than men and is more likely to occur with age.

Diagnosing thyroid dysfunction involves:

  • A physical examination.
  • Blood tests to measure thyroid hormone levels.
  • Potentially imaging studies of the thyroid gland.

Treatment options depend on the type and severity of the thyroid dysfunction and may include medication, lifestyle modifications, and in some cases, surgery.

It is essential to seek medical attention if you suspect you may have thyroid dysfunction. Left untreated, thyroid dysfunction can lead to complications like heart disease, infertility, and nerve damage.

At CoreMed Plus, our experienced healthcare providers offer comprehensive evaluations and treatments for thyroid dysfunction. We understand the impact thyroid dysfunction can have on a person’s overall health and well-being and are committed to providing personalized and effective care to each patient.

Our healthcare providers are trained in the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose and treat thyroid dysfunction. We work closely with each patient to evaluate their medical history and overall health to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for their specific condition. Our goal is to improve our patient’s quality of life by effectively managing their thyroid dysfunction and helping them achieve optimal health.

Thyroid dysfunction is a common medical condition that can significantly impact a person’s health and well-being. It is essential to seek medical attention if you suspect you may have thyroid dysfunction to prevent complications and ensure the best possible outcomes. At CoreMed Plus, our experienced healthcare providers offer comprehensive evaluations and treatments for thyroid dysfunction to help our patients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction

Thyroid dysfunction, whether hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, can cause a range of symptoms that can vary in severity. Here are some of the most common symptoms of thyroid dysfunction:

  1. Fatigue: Feeling tired or exhausted, even after getting enough sleep, is a common symptom of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  2. Weight Changes: Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, while hyperthyroidism can cause weight loss, even when a person eats normally.
  3. Changes in Heart Rate: Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause changes in heart rate, such as a slower or faster heartbeat.
  4. Mood Changes: Hypothyroidism can cause depression and anxiety, while hyperthyroidism can cause nervousness and irritability.
  5. Changes in Body Temperature: Hypothyroidism can cause a person to feel cold all the time, while hyperthyroidism can cause a person to feel hot and sweaty.
  6. Muscle Weakness and Pain: Hypothyroidism can cause muscle weakness and joint pain, while hyperthyroidism can cause muscle weakness and tremors.
  7. Changes in Bowel Movements: Hypothyroidism can cause constipation, while hyperthyroidism can cause diarrhea.
  8. Changes in Menstrual Cycle: Hypothyroidism can cause heavy or irregular periods, while hyperthyroidism can cause lighter or fewer periods.
  9. Hair and Skin Changes: Hypothyroidism can cause dry skin and hair loss, while hyperthyroidism can cause thinning hair and oily skin.
  10. Swelling: Hypothyroidism can cause swelling of the face, hands, and feet, while hyperthyroidism can cause swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck.

It is important to note that not everyone with thyroid dysfunction will experience all of these symptoms, and some people may not experience any symptoms at all. If you suspect that you may have thyroid dysfunction, it is vital to seek medical attention to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Treatment of Thyroid Dysfunction

The treatment of thyroid dysfunction depends on the type and severity of the condition. The two main types of thyroid dysfunction are hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive and produces too little thyroid hormone, and hyperthyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone.

The treatment of hypothyroidism typically involves the use of thyroid hormone replacement therapy. This involves taking a synthetic version of levothyroxine, which helps restore normal thyroid hormone levels. The dosage of levothyroxine is typically adjusted based on the patient’s thyroid hormone levels and their symptoms. Sometimes, lifestyle modifications such as exercise and dietary changes may also be recommended to help manage hypothyroidism.

Treating hyperthyroidism may involve using medications to reduce thyroid hormone production, such as antithyroid medications. Another treatment option for hyperthyroidism is radioactive iodine therapy, which involves taking a dose of radioactive iodine absorbed by the thyroid gland, destroying the overactive cells. Surgery may sometimes be necessary to remove part or all of the thyroid gland.

In addition to these conventional treatments, complementary and alternative therapies may help manage thyroid dysfunction. For example, some people may find that acupuncture, massage, or dietary supplements such as selenium or iodine can help to improve their symptoms. However, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any complementary or alternative therapy to ensure that it is safe and effective.

At CoreMed Plus, our experienced healthcare providers offer a comprehensive approach to treating thyroid dysfunction. We understand that each patient’s unique condition may require an individualized treatment plan. Our healthcare providers work closely with patients to evaluate their medical history, symptoms, and overall health to determine the most appropriate treatment options.

We believe in a holistic approach to healthcare, which includes conventional medical treatments and complementary and alternative therapies when appropriate. We aim to help our patients achieve optimal health and well-being by effectively managing their thyroid dysfunction and addressing any underlying health issues.

The treatment of thyroid dysfunction depends on the type and severity of the condition. Conventional treatments such as medication, radioactive iodine therapy, and surgery may be necessary in some cases, while complementary and alternative therapies may also help manage symptoms. At CoreMed Plus, we offer a comprehensive approach to treating thyroid dysfunction, including individualized treatment plans that address each patient’s unique needs and goals. Our experienced healthcare providers are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal health and well-being.

How CoreMed Plus Can Help You With Thyroid Dysfunction

At CoreMed Plus, we offer comprehensive evaluations and treatments for thyroid dysfunction tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals. Our experienced healthcare providers use the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose and effectively manage thyroid dysfunction accurately.

When a patient comes to us with symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, we begin by conducting a thorough evaluation, which includes a review of their medical history, a physical examination, and blood tests to check thyroid hormone levels. Based on the evaluation results, we develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medication, lifestyle changes, and other therapies as needed.

If a patient is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, we may prescribe thyroid hormone replacement therapy, which involves taking a synthetic version of the thyroid hormone levothyroxine to restore normal thyroid hormone levels. We will closely monitor the patient’s thyroid hormone levels and adjust their medication dosage.

If a patient is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, we may prescribe medication to reduce thyroid hormone production, such as antithyroid medications. We may also recommend radioactive iodine therapy or, in some cases, surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland.

In addition to conventional medical treatments, we offer complementary and alternative therapies that may help manage thyroid dysfunction. For example, some patients may benefit from acupuncture, massage, or dietary supplements such as selenium or iodine.

At CoreMed Plus, patient education and support are crucial in managing thyroid dysfunction. We empower our patients with knowledge about their condition and treatment options, helping them make informed decisions about their health. Our healthcare providers provide ongoing support and monitoring throughout treatment to ensure the best possible outcomes.

At CoreMed Plus, we offer a comprehensive approach to treating thyroid dysfunction. Our experienced healthcare providers use the latest techniques and technologies to diagnose and effectively manage thyroid dysfunction accurately, and we prioritize patient education and support to promote better outcomes. If you suspect you may have thyroid dysfunction, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Meet Dr. Mark Richter

I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. 

I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Meet Briahnnon Long NP-BC

Briahnnon Long, NP-BC, graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She then pursued her Master of Science in Nursing. She graduated from The University of Michigan Flint in 2020 and became board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

She works in the acute care setting as a hospitalist and in the subacute care setting at a skilled nursing facility. She has special interests in health and wellness, preventative medicine, and chronic care management in the primary care setting. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her husband and two children in hockey, and camping and boating in the summer. 

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.