Have you been depressed, fatigued or experienced rapid weight gain?
Hypothyroidism may be the underlying cause. Progressive Medical Center has an experienced team of physicians ready to identify and treat the underlying causes of your hypothyroidism and other thyroid-related disorders. Our integrative approach toward hypothyroidism treatment includes:
- Full diagnostics and medical history review
- Diet consultation and medical nutrition therapy
- Outpatient consultation and hypothyroid treatment management
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects the thyroid gland which is located in the front of the neck just below the voice box. The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine, also called thyroxine (T4) which play an important role in regulating your body’s metabolism.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland is not producing enough of these T3 and T4 hormones and is most common in women age 50 and above. The most common cause of Hypothyroidism is thyroiditis which is a swelling or inflammation of the thyroid gland. This can be brought on by:
- An immune system attack
- Respiratory infection or cold
- Pregnancy (postpartum thyroiditis)
- Certain prescriptions (amidarone or lithium)
- Birth defects
- Cancer radiation treatments to the neck or brain
- Surgical removal of thyroid
- Sheehan syndrome – severe bleeding during pregnancy
- Nutritional Deficiency
There are many symptoms associated with hypothyroidism and often individuals will experience different symptoms at different stages of the disease:
Early Hypothyroidism Symptoms
- Aches and Pains
- Weight gain
- Stomach issues
- Sensitivity to cold
- Brittle fingernails
- Brain fog
- Pale or dry skin
- Heavy menstrual periods
Late Stage Hypothyroidism Symptoms
- Hoarse voice
- Puffy face and feet
- Slow speech
- Thickening of skin
- Thinning eyebrows
Progressive Medical Center Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Disorder Treatment
Individualized treatment will be provided to each patient. This approach will include evaluating the diet and suggesting dietary interventions to improve thyroid function, a nutritional assessment to show where weaknesses exist that cause hypothyroidism, as well as medication when necessary.
Our staff is experienced in how to test all issues of thyroid dysfunction, and equally versed in comprehensive treatment choices. Comprehensive testing can identify exactly where the problem is and how to treat it. We are experts in managing the combination of medication with nutrients to not only treat, but repair underlying hypothyroidism dysfunction.
If you are experiencing any number of these symptoms please contact us to discuss your condition in more detail. Our expert team of physicians will meet with you to conduct a thorough review of your condition and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Progressive Medical Center’s integrative approach toward hypothyroid disorders reviews your system as a whole to identify the root cause of the thyroid imbalance and provide a personalized treatment and diet plan to help balance your thyroid levels so you can enjoy a healthy, active and fulfilling life again.