Are you having thyroid symptoms, despite being on thyroid medication?
Some 20 million Americans are affected by thyroid disorders….that’s 1 in 13 people… 1 in 8 for women.
More than half of those people are unaware that they even have a thyroid problem! That’s a problem because the thyroid gland affects so many of your vital systems. Your metabolism. Your mood. And even more concerning, thyroid problems can be an early indicator of more severe chronic illnesses down the road. You want to deal with the root cause of your thyroid problems as quickly as possible!
We don’t just treat your thyroid symptoms, we take a science-based approach to heal the root cause of your thyroid disorder.
We begin with a physical exam, metabolic testing and blood work to pinpoint the source of your thyroid dysfunction. Our blood panels are more sensitive and more comprehensive than the blood work you get done by your regular doctor. Our tests include a:
CMP (Complete Metabolic Panel)
CBC (Complete Blood Chemistry with auto differential)
We’re one of the only clinics in Madison able to deal with the true causes of thyroid disorders and their symptoms. Once the underlying source of the problem is determined, we can use a custom treatment plan that is designed to alleviate your specific problem.
If medical doctors haven’t helped, why don’t you see if we can?
The 3 most common thyroid disorders can be defined as followed:
Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland, which isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone.
Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid gland, which is producing too much thyroid hormone.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and possibly leading to hypothyroidism.
Each type of thyroid dysfunction can cause a variety of symptoms. For many people, the symptoms are so minor they go unnoticed, while for others the symptoms disrupt their ability to live a healthy life.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, does not produce enough thyroid hormones, resulting in a slow metabolism, causing issues like:
Fatigue, tiredness, or sluggishness
Cold feet and/or hands
Needing excessive amounts of sleep
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
Difficult or infrequent bowel movements
Depression or irritability
Lack of motivation
Morning headaches that fade throughout the day
Thinning hair or excessive hair loss
Dry skin and/or scalp
Muscle cramps and aches
If you’re a hypothyroid patient, you may be experiencing a combination of symptoms, one main symptom, or no symptoms.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
One cause of hypothyroidism is damage to cells in the thyroid due to inflammation, preventing the gland from producing the appropriate amount of hormones. Most often, the inflammation is the result of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Medical treatments can also cause hypothyroidism. For example, surgery for thyroid cancer may require the removal of part or all of the thyroid. In rare cases, a person with a healthy thyroid may have hypothyroidism due to a problem with the pituitary gland.
Signs and Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones and leads to its own set of symptoms:
Increased pulse (even at rest)
Sudden weight loss or difficulty gaining weight
Nervousness, anxiety, and mood swings
More frequent bowel movements
Causes of Hyperthyroidism
The most common cause of hyperthyroid disorder is Graves’ disease, an auto immune disorder causing too much thyroid hormone production. Other conditions, including Plummer’s disease (toxic multinodular goiter), toxic adenoma, and thyroiditis, can lead to hyperthyroidism, as well as consuming too much iodine from food, supplements, or medications. Hyperthyroidism in women can also develop during pregnancy or within a year after childbirth.
Signs and Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. This disorder can lead to hypothyroidism and result in some or all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, as well as:
A goiter (enlargement of the thyroid)
Paleness or swelling in the face
Muscle and joint pain
Difficulty getting warm
Irregular or heavy menstruation
Slowed heart rate
Causes of Hashimoto’s Disease
The cause of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is not fully understood. Some doctors and scientists think a virus or bacterium may cause the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, while others believe it is a genetic flaw. Whatever the cause, certain risk factors make a person more likely to develop Hashimoto’s:
Has other autoimmune disorders
Family members have thyroid or autoimmune diseases