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Thyroid

Inactivity or overactivity of the tiny thyroid gland can result in big health issues. Restoring balance is the goal.

In good health, we don’t think much about the small, butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the front of our neck.

But when significant symptoms arise, such as fatigue, weight loss or weight gain, depression, and joint and muscle pain, the little gland responsible for the healthy functioning of your metabolism shouldn’t be dismissed.

Ideally, our thyroid produces the right amount of hormones to ensure metabolism operates at the correct speed—supporting energy output, mental clarity, temperature control, and a healthy weight.

However, this regulator of body and mind can sometimes go awry, producing too many hormones (hyperthyroidism) or too few (hypothyroidism).

Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

Nervousness Muscle weakness Rapid, irregular heartbeat
Irritability Heat intolerance Frequent bowel movements
Mood swings Sleep issues Weight loss
Fatigue Hand tremors Goiter

Some symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

Weight gain Constipation Decreased perspiration
Puffy face Cold intolerance Heavy or irregular periods
Joint & muscle pain Dry skin Depression

Fatigue

Brain fog

Dry, thinning hair

Anxiety

Decreased heart rate

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a consultation with Dr. Burns will be your first step in getting your thyroid back into balance.

Blood tests can help diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, in addition to other thyroid conditions, such as goiters, thyroid cancer, thyroiditis, and Graves’ and Hashimoto’s autoimmune diseases.

Upon diagnosis, Dr. Burns can help determine your best treatment option, which may include synthetic or natural thyroid, surgery,  or radioiodine therapy.