Pouya Shafipour, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Pouya Shafipour, MD

Primary Care Physician & Weight Loss Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA

Thyroid Consultation Specialist

About 20 million Americans have thyroid disease, but as many as 60% of them don’t know it. Thyroid testing is a regular part of the integrative health services offered by Dr. Pouya Shafipour at his office in Santa Monica, California. If you have reason to suspect you may have a thyroid disorder, or you’ve been diagnosed with thyroid disease, book an appointment online or by phone to learn about the treatment options available to you.
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Thyroid Consultation Q & A

by Pouya Shafipour, MD

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that produces several hormones that primarily affect metabolism, which is the way your body uses energy. Your thyroid is a critical part of your endocrine system and controls how fast your body burns calories and how fast your heart beats, among other functions.

What problems or diseases are associated with the thyroid?

There are several problems associated with the thyroid, including:

  • Hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid
  • Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid
  • Thyroiditis, an inflamed thyroid, which is especially possible following pregnancy
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Goiter, an enlarged thyroid

Women are more likely than men to develop thyroid problems, and it can cause issues with the menstrual cycle, getting pregnant, or health issues for both mother and baby after pregnancy. If you’ve been diagnosed with anemia or have type 1 diabetes, your risk of thyroid problems is higher.

What are the symptoms and signs of thyroid disease?

Disease symptoms can vary markedly depending on what kind of problem you have. Because your thyroid affects your entire body, the symptoms manifest in numerous ways.

Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) involves the following symptoms:

  • Weight loss in spite of an increase in appetite
  • Fast heart rate or palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Nervousness
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Diarrhea
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Muscle weakness or tremors

Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) causes symptoms like:

  • Lethargy
  • Slower heart rate
  • Numbness in the hands
  • Constipation
  • Enlargement of the thyroid
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures

Thyroiditis (an inflamed thyroid) may cause:

  • Pain in the thyroid or neck
  • Neck pain when turning your head
  • Pain when swallowing

Thyroiditis often occurs following a viral infection such as flu or measles.

How will the doctor know if I have a thyroid problem?

If you experience any of the symptoms of a thyroid disorder, Dr. Shafipour orders blood tests to measure the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood, in addition to performing a physical exam and discussing your symptoms with you. He may also order a test that uses radioactive iodine to understand how the thyroid is responding to stimulation, or an ultrasound to gain a view of the gland itself, especially if nodules are present.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept major PPO plans and Medicare insurance plans. We also offer affordable options for those without insurance or with High Deductible insurance plans. We are not on network with any HMO plans or medi-cal. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office with any questions.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Blue Shield of California
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Health Net

Words from our patients

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    "Specifically, the reason why I would recommend him to anyone, is that he is very much of the mindset of prevention."

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    "Attentive and kind. He consulted with me for a lot more than what I made my appointment for."

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    "Dr. Shafipour is one of those special doctors who never stops researching and learning, in order to help his patients."

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    Dr. Shaifpour and his amazing staff are amazing. He has helped me navigate some difficult health problems and blows me away with his compassion and knowledge."

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Pouya Shafipour, MD
1821 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 301A
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: 310-734-3447
Fax: 310-400-5566
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Pouya Shafipour, MD
1821 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 301A
Santa Monica, CA 90403