Kishwar Shareef MD, PC
Internists located in Randolph, NJ
If you feel exhausted or notice unusual weight gain or loss, you may have a thyroid problem. Board-certified doctor Kishwar Shareef MD, PC, in Randolph, New Jersey, is an experienced internist and metabolic specialist who diagnoses and treats common thyroid problems. Get the care you deserve today by calling or booking a consultation online.
Thyroid Problems Q & A
What is my thyroid?
Your thyroid is a small gland shaped like a butterfly that produces hormones that control the rate of your bodily functions. It’s found at the base of your neck. Thyroid hormones do many things like regulating how quickly you burn calories and how fast your heart beats.
An improperly working thyroid may affect your whole body. It may secrete too much or too little hormone. As a result, you may gain weight, feel severe fatigue, or experience other symptoms.
Thyroid diseases are more common in women than men and tend to occur after pregnancy or menopause.
What are common thyroid problems?
Issues with your thyroid can lead to the following problems:
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
- Production of too many hormones (hyperthyroidism)
- Production of too few hormones (hypothyroidism)
- Lumps in your thyroid gland
- Swelling of your thyroid
Another thyroid problem is thyroid cancer.
How do I know if I have a problem with my thyroid?
Your symptoms may develop gradually, depending on the nature of your condition. Signs to watch for include:
- Extreme fatigue
- An enlarged thyroid gland
- Feeling cold when it’s not cold out
- A swollen neck
- Slow heart rate
- Weight gain, even when your diet is the same
- Less sweating than normal
- Joint or muscle pain
- A puffy face
- Depression or sadness
- Pale, dry skin
- Dry, thinning hair
Some conditions, such as thyroid nodules, typically don’t produce symptoms. However, Dr. Shareef may feel the nodules on your neck during a physical exam.
How are thyroid problems diagnosed?
Dr. Shareef begins by taking a complete medical history and performing a physical exam. She may recommend blood tests or imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or CT scan. In some instances, she suggests taking a tissue sample of your thyroid for testing.
How are thyroid problems treated?
Dr. Shareef recommends a treatment plan tailored to your thyroid condition. Your treatment plan may include medications to help stabilize your hormone levels. Dr. Shareef's goal is to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
If you feel unusually tired or experience signs of a thyroid problem, don’t delay in getting effective, appropriate care from Kishwar Shareef MD, PC. Call today or book a consultation online.