Thyroid Specialist

Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center

Hyperbaric and Functional Medicine located in Kannapolis, NC

Why do you have thyroid problems if your tests are normal? Are you feeling less energized? Is the number on your scale creeping up even though your diet and exercise routine hasn’t changed? Your thyroid may be to blame. Dr. Lora Hurley at Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center in Kannapolis, North Carolina, is a board-certified naturopathic physician that offers thyroid testing to assess health and wellness. Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center believes in looking at all seven markers and four antibodies related to the thyroid to give the whole picture. Call today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button for a consultation.

Thyroid Q & A

Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland found in your neck that synthesizes and secretes hormones that regulate your metabolism and makes sure your heart, brain, and all the other organs and muscles work properly. If your thyroid is making too much or not enough of these important hormones, you may experience a number of symptoms.

Thyroid disease is quite common and affects as many as one out of every 20 Americans.

What symptoms would I experience with thyroid problems?

Symptoms caused by thyroid problems depend on whether your thyroid is making too many hormones, referred to as hyperthyroidism, or not enough, referred to as hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism

If your thyroid gland is secreting high levels of thyroid hormones, you may experience a number of different symptoms. Some of the most common include:


  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increase in bowel movements
  • Thinning hair or nails


You may also experience an increased sensitivity to heat with hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism. Common symptoms include:


  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Difficulty remembering things


These symptoms usually develop slowly over time, so you may not relate the symptoms to a disease or health problem.

What type of testing is needed to assess the thyroid?

Dr. Hurley offers thyroid hormone testing to assess the health of your thyroid. Testing may include a blood test that assesses thyroid hormone levels or your antibody levels in the case of autoimmune thyroid; Hashimoto's, graves, etc. The test may look at:

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

TSH is made in your pituitary gland and tells your thyroid when it’s time to make thyroid hormones. If your TSH levels are high, it may indicate hypothyroidism.

T4 and T3

A T4 and T3 test measures the thyroid hormone levels in your blood. The T4 test is usually done first to determine hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. If Dr. Hurley suspects your thyroids levels are high but your T4 level came back normal, she may also conduct a T3 test to confirm her suspicions.

Thyroid antibody test

For many people, thyroid issues arise from an autoimmune disorder, which is when your body’s immune system attacks the gland. The thyroid antibody test helps Dr. Hurley determine if your thyroid issues are related to an autoimmune condition.

For thyroid testing, call Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center, or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hurley.