Thyroid Disorders

Are you feeling exhausted, not waking rested, struggling to lose weight, feeling a sense of sadness, or are your stools hard? Do you have itchy and dry skin, brittle nails, cold or hot intolerances in hands or feet, or does your hair fall out easily?

If you said yes to any of these signs and symptoms then you may be encountering a thyroid problem known as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Do you experience weakness, sweating, loose stools, or weight loss despite a good appetite, or difficulty gaining weight? Are you experiencing nervousness, irritability, fatigue, sleep disturbances or heat intolerance? Does your heart race or do you feel palpitations in your chest area? You may also be experiencing anxiety and fatigue? Is there swelling in the front of your neck (thyroid goiter)? Get help today and call your doctor as you may have hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis) or even Grave's Disease.

Thyroid Diseases are simply described below:

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid): the thyroid is underactive, thyroid levels are low and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is increased;

Hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune thyroiditis or lymphocytic thyroiditis): an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid and begins to destroy the thyroid gland over a period of months to years;

Hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis): the thyroid gland is overactive and TSH is low, there is an increase in free thyroxine and/or triiodothyronine;

Grave's disease: an autoimmune disorder and the most common cause of hyperthyroid; the thyroid is stimulated to release an excessive amount of thyroid hormones;

Thyroid goiter: an enlargement of the thyroid gland.

Or, have you had your thyroid tested with your primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or naturopath, and then been advised your thyroid labs are normal and, therefore, the reason for your symptoms is not related to thyroid disorders? Yet you are still experiencing thyroid symptoms? Unfortunately, this is more common than people know.

Perhaps you have been diagnosed with a specific thyroid condition and given a thyroid hormone; the hormone gave you a relief of symptoms initially, but now the hormone substance is no longer relieving your symptoms. You are back to feeling lousy, exhausted, and imbalanced. The root of the cause has not been found. There is a strong probability that there are other imbalances occurring in the body such as:

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Adrenal imbalance
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Autoimmune condition
  • Environmental exposures
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Neurotransmitter disturbance

There has been more medical research over the past few years with thyroid imbalances, as millions of thyroid patients have been misdiagnosed, misconstrued, and told their symptoms were in their head. A link has been found between thyroid imbalances and diagnosed mood disorders resembling anxiety, depression, or mood swing disorders and how the thyroid hormones regulate mood, emotions, appetite, behaviors, and hormonal imbalances. Patients should not be treated on laboratory testing alone but also symptomatology needs to play a crucial role in accurately diagnosing thyroid imbalances.

Laboratory testing becomes important here. When testing a possible thyroid condition, TSH alone cannot totally describe the reason for the imbalance. Other thyroid tests should be considered based on the presentation of signs and symptoms: Total Thyroxine, Free Thyroxine, Free Triidothyroxine, Reverse T3, Resin T3 Uptake, Thyroid-Binding Globulin, or Thyroid Antibodies.

Practitioners are beginning to realize the importance of healthy nutrition, the use of mind-body practices, the role of stress, environment, and the need for nutritional supplementation and antioxidants as the hormone medications are becoming fine-tuned per patient. There is also a well-known link between autoimmune conditions such as Celiac disease, adrenal insufficiency, fibromyalgia, pituitary dysfunction, etc., and thyroid disorders.

Treatment

At Cura' Naturale Therapeutic Healing, your treatment plan may consist of the following to bring the body back into balance and remove toxicity:

Don't continue to feel out of balance and exhausted. Your life will be more enjoyable if you have increased energy to do those activities you love to do or spend more time with those you love if you're not in a fog.

Call Dr. Donahue at Cura' Naturale Therapeutic Healing today to set up an appointment at 603-742-4114. We will work with you to heal your hormones and to free you from exhaustion.

Dr. Holly Donahue, N.D.

Naturopathic Medicine, Board Certified


Meet Dr. Holly Donahue, a Licensed Naturopathic doctor who believes that nutrition and lifestyle must work together to overcome illness and maintain health. Contact Dr. Donahue to learn how you can tap into your body's inherent natural force and win your life back once and for all.

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