Thyroid Disorders Treatment at the Bay Clinic of Chiropractic in Panama City
Though small and often overlooked, proper functioning of the thyroid gland is essential for your metabolic health. Critical hormones called triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine or thyroxine (T4) are produced in the thyroid, and without proper levels of these substances in the endocrine system, the body is unable to perform its critical functions and overall health sharply declines.
Because the influence of the thyroid on the rest of the body is poorly understood by many conventional physicians, many people are not correctly diagnosed when the experience problems with their thyroid (typically hypothyroidism, which means low functioning of the thyroid). What’s worse, conditions that cause persistent hypothyroidism can contribute to severe health problems such as heart disease and infertility, so proper diagnosis of thyroid problems is of critical importance.
If you have been experiencing more than a few of these symptoms, it is imperative to make an appointment at the Bay Clinic of Chiropractic or consult another qualified doctor:
- Digestive problems (constipation, weight gain, reduced appetite)
- Persistent aches in the muscles or joints
- Weakness, fatigue, or excessive sleepiness
- Swelling in the extremities, face, or tongue
- Skin problems (especially the skin turning pale, dry, or thick)
- Hair loss or hair becoming thin or brittle
- Unexplained cognitive or emotional problems (depression, memory loss, reduced concentration or mental acuity)
- Heavier menstrual periods
- Reduced senses of taste and smell
- Increased cholesterol levels
Hypothyroidism is not a condition in itself, but rather a symptom of one of several common conditions. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (also called Hashimoto’s syndrome) is a common autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the thyroid gland, weakening it and reducing its ability to produce T3 and T4. Thyroid problems are also a common side effect of radiation therapy or surgery, so many people who receive cancer treatment suffer from the above symptoms after their treatment. Risk of thyroid disorders also increases with age and with other glandular problems (pituitary or hypothalamus disorders in particular).
Though thyroid disorders are often difficult to diagnose and treat, the Bay Clinic of Chiropractic specializes in effective treatment of Hashimoto’s syndrome and other hypothyroid-causing conditions. After an advanced series of lab tests on the endocrine and metabolic organs to determine the exact source of a patient’s hypothyroidism, our staff works with the patient to create a sustainable, holistic path to wellness. Functional Medicine is central to any treatment of thyroid disorders at the Bay Clinic, as is a clinical nutrition plan and periodic lab workups.