Thyroid Specialist

Internal Medicine Clinic

Purnachandra R. Yerneni, MD

Integrative Medicine Provider & Medical Wellness located in Bogalusa, LA

Do you have unexplained changes in your weight or feel fatigued day after day? Or do you feel sweaty, anxious, and supercharged? Your thyroid gland may be at fault. Seek consultation with internal medicine specialist Dr. Purnachandra Yerneni at the Internal Medicine Clinic in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Dr. Yerneni will help you diagnose the nature of your thyroid problem and provide personalized, high-quality care to manage your symptoms. Getting the correct treatment is essential to feel your best again. Call or go online to schedule an appointment today.

Thyroid Q & A

What is the thyroid gland?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck below your Adam’s apple. It has two lobes, left and right, that lie on both sides of the windpipe and are connected by a band of tissue called the isthmus. It secretes thyroid hormones, which help the body regulate body temperature, use energy effectively and keep the heart, muscles, brain, and other organs working normally.

What are thyroid disorders?

Thyroid disorders consist of a variety of problems related to the thyroid gland. Approximately, 20 million people in the United States have some thyroid problem. Thyroid disorders are more common in women than in men. Some of the common thyroid diseases are:

  • Underactive thyroid (Hypothyroid)
  • Overactive thyroid (Hyperthyroid)
  • Enlarged thyroid (Goiter)
  • Nodules in thyroid
  • Thyroid cancer

No matter which thyroid disorder you have, Dr. Yerneni at Internal Medicine Clinic can diagnose and treat it.

What are the signs and symptoms of thyroid disorders?

Signs and symptoms of thyroid disorders depend upon whether the thyroid is underactive or overactive. Some of the symptoms include:

  • An unexplained change in weight
  • Swelling in the neck
  • Sudden slowing of heart rate or palpitations
  • Changes in energy and mood
  • Hair loss
  • Feeling too hot or cold
  • Dry skin and brittle nails

Dr. Yerneni at Internal Medicine Clinic can recognize and treat your symptoms.

How are thyroid diseases diagnosed?

The symptoms of thyroid diseases are the same as many other health problems. Dr. Yerneni at Internal Medicine Clinic may start with a medical and family history. He may give you a  complete physical exam and check the neck for any lump or nodule.

Depending upon your symptoms, Dr. Yerneni also orders extensive lab tests, including levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland. He may also check the levels of other thyroid hormones.

In some cases, imaging tests such as a thyroid ultrasound and a thyroid scan are needed to diagnose whether you have thyroid cancer or an abnormal growth of thyroid tissue called a nodule.

What are the commonly used treatments for thyroid disorders?

Dr. Yerneni may prescribe you thyroid hormones or antithyroid drugs, depending upon your diagnosis and lab results. Radioactive iodine is used in some cases to destroy hyperfunctioning or cancerous thyroid tissue. Some cases may not respond well to medications and require surgery to achieve relief.

Your body needs correct levels of thyroid hormone to function normally. To get the right treatment, call or schedule an appointment online with the Internal Medicine Clinic in Bogalusa, Louisiana, today.

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