Your thyroid, a small gland located in your neck, plays an enormous part in your overall health. If your thyroid is producing too much or too little of the needed thyroid hormones, your body will be out of balance. Getting your body back in balance is the goal of treating thyroid issues.
At Burns Integrative Wellness Center we work with patients to understand and resolve thyroid issues. Normally thyroid issues are detected through blood tests along with signs and symptoms that you give to your doctor. When the thyroid is over or under active, the conditions are called hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroid is when your thyroid is underproducing or doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. Signs and symptoms can vary per person, but some of the most common signs are:
- Weight gain
- A puffy face
- Cold intolerance
- Joint and muscle pain
- Dry skin
- Dry, thinning hair
- Decreased sweating
- Heavy or irregular menstrual periods and fertility problems
- Slowed heart rate
With hyperthyroidism, This is when your thyroid is overproducing or making more thyroid hormone then what is needed. Signs and symptoms can vary per person, but some of the most common signs are:
- Mood swings
- Muscle weakness
- Heat intolerance
- Trouble sleeping
- Hand tremors
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Goiter [enlarged thyroid that may cause the neck to look swollen]
Some other issues related to the thyroid are goiters, thyroid cancer, thyroiditis [inflammation of the thyroid], Grave’s disease [autoimmune disorder], Hashimoto’s [autoimmune disorder]. Only through proper testing can we best determine if there is an issue with the thyroid along with the best treatment options. Options typically include synthetic or natural thyroid, surgery or radioiodine therapy.