Do I Have Thyroid Disease? Symptoms, Causes And Testing Options

January 3, 2023

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With millions of Americans affected by some form of thyroid disease, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms, causes and treatments available. Thyroid disease is a common endocrine disorder, and can cause a wide range of symptoms, from fatigue and weight gain to depression and anxiety. 

Fortunately, there are a variety of tests and treatments available to help with early diagnosis and management of the symptoms of thyroid disease. In light of Thyroid Awareness Month AFC Urgent Care Dedham is here to help you stay informed about the dangers of thyroid disease and how to know if you have it.

Thyroid Disease 101

Thyroid disease occurs when there is an imbalance of the two main hormones the Thyroid produces : triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). If the gland produces too much, then, we’re looking at hyperthyroidism. If the gland under produces, then, we’re looking at Hypothyroidism. Let’s also keep in mind that there are other Thyroid Diseases, as well. Some of these Diseases include : 

  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid tumors

Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism are the two common categories when dealing with Thyroid disease.

Hypothyroidism:

With hypothyroidism your thyroid gland can’t make enough hormones to function well.. In hypothyroidism, the gland’s hormone production slows. This, in turn, slows your metabolism, which can lead to weight gain and other symptoms. 

Hyperthyroidism:

As its name suggests, hyperthyroidism occurs when your body makes too much of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), and becomes overactive. If you have hyperthyroidism, you may experience a fast heartbeat, increased appetite, anxiety, sensitivity to heat, or sudden weight loss.

Symptoms Of Thyroid Disease

Thyroid Disease symptoms can be different and very common. Symptoms can  vary depending if the Thyroid gland is overproducing or underproducing its hormones. 

 Underproducing symptoms (Hypothyroidism)

  • Having muscle weakness and tremors.
  • Experiencing irregular menstrual periods or having your menstrual cycle stop.
  • Feeling sensitive to heat.

Overproducing symptoms (Hyperthyroidism)

  • Having dry and coarse hair.
  • Having a hoarse voice.
  • Experiencing an intolerance to cold temperatures.

If you experience any of the symptoms above, it’s advisable to seek help from a medical professional. 

Thyroid Disease Testing Options

The best way to diagnose a thyroid condition is to get tested. Our medical providers at AFC Urgent Care Dedham have specific diagnostic tests to make sure your thyroid gland is doing what it’s supposed to be doing.

Some exams may include: 

  • Blood testing
  • Physical examination
  • Reviewing medical history

What To Do If You Develop A Thyroid condition

You’ve just been diagnosed with a thyroid condition. Don’t panic! It's important to manage it effectively. Managing your thyroid disease may include dietary changes, lifestyle changes, medications and/or other treatments.Most of the time, no drastic change or disruption will occur in a person’s daily life.

Get Your Thyroid Checked At AFC Urgent Care Dedham!

The risk is not knowing. Getting you thyroid checked at AFC Urgent Care Dedham is the best way for you to know your results and what to do next!


Our doors are open 7 days a week and we take in walk-ins as well as appointments. Our medical providers will give you a full checkup and administer blood work so that you can know your results. If you do end up being diagnosed with a thyroid disease, condition or disorder, know that with the right lifestyle changes and treatment options, you can get back on track to living life uninterrupted.

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