Thyroid Disease

On a global scale, a staggering 200 million people have problems with their thyroid glands, with over 50 percent remaining undiagnosed. In the US alone, the number of people with thyroid symptoms is running close to epidemic levels and equally as worrying is the number of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed cases.
 

Causes of dysfunction

The two most common forms of thyroid disease are Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism and as their names suggest, they are at opposite end of the scale.
When it functions as it should, the thyroid will produce T3 and T4 at a 20% – 80% ratio. An under-production of these hormones will slow down the body’s metabolism, causing Hypothyroidism. Common Hypothyroidism symptoms of this condition are weight-gain despite eating sensibly, feeling cold, fatigue, depression and possibly increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

General Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Poor appetite
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)

 

Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)

  • Nervousness, tremor, agitation
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Reduced menstrual blood flow
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Heat intolerance
  • Most frequent bowel movements
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Skin thinning
  • Brittle hair
  • Increased appetite
  • Sweating

Hypothyroidism (Underative Thyroid)

  • Mental fogginess / sluggishness
  • Depressed mood
  • Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Feeling bloated, fluid retention
  • Joint aches & pains
  • Weight gain
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Feeling cold, increased sensitivity to cold
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Memory Loss
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate

Treatments for Thyroid Disease

During your visit, you will be given a comprehensive thyroid examination (not just THS). Based on the results of that examination, Dr. Childers will prepare a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you.

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