Common Thyroid Disorders and Their Effects
The thyroid gland produces hormones that control your metabolism. Too much or not enough hormones produced by your thyroid gland can affect your heart, digestion, mood, and muscle control. The functional medicine care you will receive at Hoyt Integrative Health in Murrieta, CA will treat any underlying causes and effects of your thyroid disorder and not just the symptoms.
Common Symptoms Associated with a Thyroid Disorder
- Cold Sensitivity
- Muscle ache
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Increased or decreased heart rate and palpitations
- Anxiety or nervousness
Common Thyroid Disorders
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is the opposite of hyperthyroidism. Your thyroid is not producing enough hormones to meet the needs of your body. Without enough thyroxine in your system, many of your body functions will slow down. The result of a lack of thyroxine in your system slows down your heart rate and can lead to weight gain. It also can make you feel fatigued and weak. Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. This disease is a condition where your autoimmune system attacks your thyroid. The inflammation caused by Hashimoto's disease leads to an underactive thyroid.
Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism is a condition where your thyroid gland is overproducing the hormone thyroxine. Thyroxine is vital in the control of your metabolism, heart rate, your digestion, and the control of your muscles. Too much thyroxine in your system increases your heart rate and can cause weight loss. A hyperactive system will cause you to feel tired while performing ordinary activities. It also can make you feel anxious. Graves' disease is one cause of hyperthyroidism. It is an autoimmune disorder that makes the thyroid overproduce. It can cause your thyroid to enlarge (goiter) and your eyes to bulge. It can cause your hands to shake, your skin to become sensitive to heat, and your skin to become red on your shins and top of your feet.
Thyroid nodules: Nodules can form and grow on your thyroid gland. All causes of the nodules are not known but have been contributed to Hashimoto's disease or, outside the U.S., an insufficient level of iodine. The nodules can be solid or filled with fluid. Most nodules are found to be benign, but some have been found to be cancerous.
Comprehensive Thyroid Approach Can Help Alleviate the Effects of Thyroid Disorders
The effects associated with thyroid disorders have an impact on your life. A natural thyroid approach is needed to help your thyroid to work properly or to provide the needed amount of thyroxine in your system. The fine work being accomplished at Hoyt Integrative Health serving the Murrieta and Temecula, CA communities is helping sufferers deal with thyroid disorders. Set up an appointment with us today for a thorough examination. You can call us at 951-973-0773!