We treat all disorders of the thyroid.

Thyroiditis (Thyroid Inflammation)

This is a swelling of the thyroid which results in the gland leaking large amounts of thyroid hormone into the bloodstream, resulting in symptoms similar to overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) – this lasts until the hormone is used up, at which point underactive thyroid can occur (hypothyroidism).  In some cases the thyroid functions normally. Thyroiditis can be caused by autoimmune disorder, pregnancy (called “postpartum thyroiditis”), medications, or infections.

The most common type of thyroiditis is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a chronic autoimmune condition in which a person’s own immune system may cause the thyroid gland work inefficiently and often gradually destroys it. As a result, many (but not all) people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis develop hypothyroidism and require lifelong treatment. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is suggested when the specific antibodies (called TPO or thyroid peroxidase antibodies) are detected in a person’s blood.

There are no symptoms specific to thyroiditis.  The symptoms depend on the phase of thyroiditis and the underlying cause.  If the thyroid function is normal, there may be no symptoms at all.  Sometimes thyroiditis may cause mild or severe pain in the neck, or even fever.

Treatment depends on the type of thyroiditis and the clinical symptoms.  Often treatment is not required and thyroiditis resolves spontaneously.  If symptoms such as palpitations or pain occur, they are treated with corresponding medications.  In some cases thyroiditis causes permanent hypothyroidism and is treated as such (hypothyroidism)

How Does TVC Help people with Thyroiditis?

TVC clinicians can help to diagnose a specific type of thyroiditis in people with suggestive symptoms or laboratory findings, and advise if treatment is needed (which is not always the case).  If you already have been evaluated by another physician, TVC clinicians can provide you with a second opinion on diagnosis and treatment.  If treatment is needed, TVC clinicians will recommend the best treatment for your specific situation.

TVC clinicians will order necessary blood tests or other diagnostic studies when needed, professionally interpret the findings, provide recommendations, and refill your medications in advance. TVC clinicians are always available to answer any questions you may have and will make any appropriate adjustments to your treatment plan, after communicating with you via secure messaging, video/audio conferencing, or live chat through our secure patient portal.