Bioidentical Hormone Specialists & Functional Medicine located in Golden, CO
When your thyroid hormones are out of balance, you have body-wide symptoms that affect your energy, weight, and cardiovascular health. Shasta Van Sickle, PA-C and Paul Battle, PA-C, at Remedi Health specialize in precisely determining your hormone levels and offering bioidentical hormone replacement, the treatment that you need for an underactive thyroid. To learn whether you may need thyroid therapy, call our office in Golden, Colorado.
Thyroid Therapy Q & A
What should I know about my thyroid gland?
The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate activities throughout your body, including metabolism and growth. One hormone produced by the thyroid gland, calcitonin, regulates bone metabolism and calcium absorption. But when most people refer to thyroid hormones, they’re talking about two others, T3 and T4.
T3 and T4 control virtually every part of your body, including your:
- Heart rate
- Body weight
- Muscle strength
- Cholesterol levels
- Nervous system
- Body temperature
The two most common problems affecting the thyroid gland are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
What symptoms develop due to hypothyroidism?
You have hypothyroidism when the gland doesn’t produce enough T3 and T4. Hypothyroidism is often caused by an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, treatment for hyperthyroidism, cancer, and certain medications.
As hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism, you experience symptoms such as:
- Weight gain
- Dry skin and hair
- Trouble sleeping
- Sensitivity to cold temperatures
- Joint or muscle pain
High cholesterol, goiter, infertility, and damaged peripheral nerves are a few health complications that may occur when hypothyroidism goes untreated.
What symptoms develop due to hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland overproduces hormones. This condition may develop due to an autoimmune condition called Graves’ disease, an inflamed thyroid gland, and a toxic thyroid nodule, which is a nodule that produces thyroid hormones.
Your metabolism accelerates when you have hyperthyroidism, causing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Increased appetite
- Weight loss
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Dry, brittle hair
- Sensitivity to heat
- Nervousness and irritability
- Tremor in hands and fingers
In rare cases, hyperthyroidism makes eyes protrude from their normal position.
What should I expect from thyroid therapy?
Treatment for an overactive thyroid is different from therapy for hypothyroidism. For hyperthyroidism, treatment is designed to shrink the thyroid gland or reduce hormone production.
When it comes to treating hypothyroidism, there’s only one effective option: You’ll need to take thyroid hormones. This type of hormone replacement therapy restores your levels of T3 and T4 back to normal, which relieves your symptoms and protects your overall health.
Your treatment begins with a biochemical analysis of your hormones, so Paul can determine the precise dose you need. Then he prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy because they’re formulated to have the same molecular structure as the hormones normally produced in your body.
If you develop symptoms of thyroid imbalances, call Remedi Health to schedule an appointment.