Hypothyroidism


A condition in which your thyroid doesn’t produce enough needed hormone. Hypothyroidism upset the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body. Signs and symptoms vary based on the severity of the condition, with symptoms developing slowly over the years, increasing in severity if not treated.

Symptoms include –
– Fatigue
– Cold hands/feet
– Constipation
– Dry skin
– Weight gain
– Puffy face
– Hoarseness
– Muscle weakness
– Elevated blood cholesterol levels
– Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
– Irregular or heavier menstrual cycles
– Thinning hair
– Slowed heart rate
– Depression
– Impaired memory

Constant stimulation of your thyroid gland to release more hormone may lead to an enlarged thyroid (goiter), affecting emotional state leading to forgetfulness, slower thought process, foggy brain, as well as feeling depressed.

Advanced hypothyroidism, known as myxedema, is less common, though life-threatening. Symptoms include low blood pressure, decreased breathing, decreased body temperature, unresponsiveness and even coma. In extreme cases, it can be fatal.

Hypothyroidism in infants

Although hypothyroidism most often affects middle-aged or older women, others are not exempt, including infants. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include –
– Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
– Frequent choking
– A large, protruding tongue
– A puffy appearance to the face
– Constipation
– Poor muscle tone
– Excessive sleepiness
– Poor growth, resulting in short stature
– Delayed development of permanent teeth
– Delayed puberty
– Poor mental development

Autoimmune involvement

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a common cause of hypothyroidism, which involves the body’s own immune cells attacking the thyroid gland.

Other causes include
– Congenital disease – born with defective thyroid gland or no gland at all. Can be due to genetic defects as well as lack of pre-birth nourishment.
– Pituitary disorder – failure of the precursor gland that stimulates thyroid gland production due to a benign tumor of the pituitary gland.
– Pregnancy – Where some women develop hypothyroidism following pregnancy often due to production of antibodies to their own thyroid gland, following a stressful/traumatic event or others that may seriously affect the developing fetus.
– Iodine deficiency – A trace mineral needed for the production of thyroid hormone. Iodine is primarily found in seafood, seaweed, plants grown in iodine-rich soil and iodized salt.

Complications

Untreated hypothyroidism can lead to a number of health problems –
– Goiter
– Heart problems
– Mental health issues
– Peripheral neuropathy
– Myxedema
– Infertility
– Birth defects

Diagnosis

Based on symptoms and blood tests as TSH, FT3, FT4, T4 and others.

How we treat Hypothyroidism naturally:

We will begin by taking a thorough history, assess lifestyle habits that include diet, exercise sleep, detoxification of the body, medications/supplements, mental/emotional state and lab work to determine what may be contributing to the development of hypothyroidism.

Based on the results, we will make necessary adjustments where appropriate for healing and restoration of proper function. Simply providing synthetic hormone is not sufficient to restoring proper function as well as improved quality of life. For this reason, we also address the function of other glands and holistically balance all, utilizing herbs, dietary changes, supplements or other methods for optimal function.

Each treatment plan will be tailored to the individual. Our goal is to improve your overall quality of life, not simply treat the symptoms.


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