Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland sitting at the base of your neck, just below the voice box, or larynx. The thyroid is an essential part of the endocrine system, responsible for producing hormones that regulate the rate at which the body converts and uses energy. Any issues with this gland can severely impact how you live your life every day.
We regularly help patients with various thyroid disorders. Our medical team is skilled in diagnosing and treating the symptoms and complications of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. So, come in for your complimentary consolation to discuss your symptoms, health history, and our proven treatments.
Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto, Graves’ Disease, and Other Thyroid Diseases
Hypothyroidism is a disorder where your thyroid gland is underactive or doesn't produce enough hormones required by your body. Many of your body's functions require the hormones produced by your thyroid gland for you to function normally. Hypothyroidism is common in women 50 or older, but can occur in anyone, male or female, at any age.
If you have a family history of autoimmune disease, you may have an increased risk of hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disease that damages your thyroid gland. It affects women more than men and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism symptoms include:
- Fluid retention
- Muscle pain
- Dry skin
- Trouble concentrating
Hyperthyroidism is a medical condition where your thyroid gland is overactive. Graves' disease, an autoimmune condition where your immune system triggers your thyroid to overproduce hormones, is the leading cause of hyperthyroidism. It is most common in women over the age of 20 but can occur in men too.
Hyperthyroidism symptoms include:
- Heat intolerance
- Rapid heartbeat
- Increased sweating
- Weight loss
Undiagnosed thyroid disease puts you at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, infertility, and cardiovascular disease. Pregnant women with undiagnosed hypothyroidism have an increased risk for preterm delivery, miscarriage, or the baby suffering from developmental problems.
Other signs and symptoms of most thyroid issues include:
- Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
- Feeling bloated and puffiness in the face
- Joint aches and pains
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol
- Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures
- Slowed heart rate
- Hair loss or hair thinning
Treatment Options for Thyroid Disorders
Taking a holistic approach to thyroid management leads to safe and effective treatment options with minimal side effects. Treating thyroid disorders involves addressing your specific symptoms. Our treatment options focus on harnessing your body's natural healing abilities and promoting overall improvements in health and wellness.
Treating patients in the greater Columbus, Ohio area, our practice is dedicated to providing you with the best in evidenced-based, highly integrative medicine that's not only safe and effective but provides measurable results.
Our doctor is trained to provide you with a custom treatment plan, personalized to your specific condition. We'll guide you every step of the way, monitoring your results to optimize your health and improve your quality of life. To explore your possibilities, reach out, and schedule an appointment today.