Pouya Shafipour, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Wellesley Medical

Pouya Shafipour, MD

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

Thyroid Consultation Specialist

The thyroid is an important gland that can have an influence over many of the body's functions. As a result, management of thyroid disease or dysfunction is critical to your overall health. Dr. Shafipour offers skilled thyroid consultation and disease management to help patients in and around Los Angeles, CA, stay as healthy as possible.
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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.

What problems or diseases are associated with the thyroid?

Most thyroid diseases are caused either by an overactive gland (hyperthyroidism) that produces too many hormones or by an underactive gland (hypothyroidism) that produces too little. The thyroid may also become inflamed (thyroiditis) or develop nodules or tumors that can affect the production of hormones. The thyroid can also be affected by other diseases, including autoimmune disorders such as Graves' disease, and medicines such as lithium.

What are the symptoms and signs of thyroid disease?

Disease symptoms can vary markedly depending on whether hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism is involved. Hyperthyroidism 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 causes symptoms like:

  • lethargy

  • slower heart rate

  • numbness in the hands

  • constipation

  • enlargement of the thyroid

  • sensitivity to cold temperatures

Thyroiditis 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're experiencing any of the symptoms of a thyroid disorder, Dr. Shafipour will order blood tests to measure the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood. In some cases, a test using radioactive iodine may also be used to understand how the thyroid is responding to stimulation. Depending on your condition, the doctor may also order 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

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Pouya Shafipour is a great doctor easy to reach, friendly to talk and most importantly he can give the correct diagnosis!"

    Elina L.
  • Yelp

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

    Brian W.
  • Yelp

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

    Michael K.
  • Yelp

    "This is the only doctor I have met who is interested and educated re alternative/homeopathic treatments, a rare find!"

    Reza A.
  • Yelp

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

    Marcus E.
  • Yelp

    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."

    Clare C.
  • Google+

    "Dr. Shafipour is brilliant. He's my Primary Care Provider. I've come to him with questions and concerns other doctors couldn't answer."

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Wellesley Medical
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