Your thyroid gland may be small, but it produces hormones that control many vital body systems. Thyroid issues can cause many symptoms that affect your life and health. Larisa Litvinova, MD, is an internal medicine physician who treats the whole person from her concierge medical practice in Montclair, New Jersey. She provides treatment for thyroid issues that may improve health and function. Call the office today or book an appointment online.
Your thyroid is a tiny gland found in your neck that produces many different hormones that are collectively referred to as your thyroid hormones. These hormones serve as chemical messengers in your body and regulate many body functions. Your thyroid hormones play an important role in managing and regulating your metabolic rate, body temperature, heart rate, and growth.
There are many conditions that affect your thyroid and its hormonal production. Some conditions cause the thyroid to produce too many hormones, referred to as hyperthyroidism, while others cause a decrease in production, referred to hypothyroidism.
Common conditions of the thyroid include:
Finding the underlying cause of your issue is key to improving symptoms and health. Dr. Litvinova conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in for care to identify the source of your thyroid disorder. Her evaluation includes a physical exam, review of your symptoms and lifestyle habits, and specialized blood tests.
Dr. Litvinova not only measures your thyroid hormone levels, but thyroid antibodies that may indicate an underlying autoimmune issue.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that causes your body to decrease its production of thyroid hormones. Dr. Litvinova specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
If you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, your immune system attacks the gland and ultimately kills it. However, if caught early, Dr. Litvinova may be able to provide treatments that protect your gland from your immune system to prevent further damage.
Dr. Litvinova develops personalized treatment plans for your thyroid problem based on the underlying cause. Your treatment may include:
Dr. Litvinova also offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help restore hormone levels. Bioidentical hormones are derived from the hormones naturally found in food and are considered safer than synthetic hormones. Plus, Dr. Litvinova can customize your hormone therapy to meet your very specific needs.
Thyroid problems are common but can be improved naturally. For a holistic approach to your health, call Larisa Litvinova, MD, today or request an appointment online.