Thyroid Treatments in Orlando, FL
Thyroid imbalances can have a detrimental effect on the function of every system in your body.
If your thyroid is not producing the correct amounts and combination of hormones, you will never enjoy optimal health, and can develop serious and worsening medical issues over time.
There are 30-45 million adults or more in the U.S. suffering from thyroid imbalances – primarily hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid – but nearly half of them are unaware of the problem, and are improperly treating their symptoms due to incorrect diagnoses (or are not addressing symptoms at all). If you are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue not explained by lack of sleep, weight gain, muscle or joint pain, hair loss, or dry skin, and remedies you have tried have not worked, you may be a candidate for successful thyroid treatment.
What is a Thyroid Imbalance?
The thyroid is a small endocrine gland located just under the Adam’s apple in the center of your neck. The hormones produced by this little butterfly-shaped gland – most importantly tri-odothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) – control the metabolic functions in the body. When the thyroid stops functioning correctly due to genetic predisposition to certain autoimmune diseases, radiation therapy, certain medications, or a range of other causes, the imbalance (usually under-production) of thyroid hormones upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions throughout the body.
What's the Difference Between Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism is an over-production of thyroid hormones. This condition is seen in far fewer patients than its opposite, hypothyroidism. The over-production of hormones results in an increase in the body’s metabolic rate, leading to symptoms such as heat intolerance, excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, tremors, unexplained weight loss, inability to concentrate, nervousness and fatigue. In elderly patients, or in cases of severe hyperthyroidism that has been left untreated, irregular heart rhythms, high blood pressure, fever, delirium and heart failure can occur (called a “thyroid storm").
Hypothyroidism is Associated with Fatigue and Weight Gain
When the thyroid is not producing enough of the important hormones, the condition is called hypothyroidism. Women over the age of 60 are the most prone to hypothyroidism, but the condition can strike people of any age and either gender. In its early stages, symptoms are mild or scarce, but left untreated it can result in a wide range of health issues, including muscle and joint pain, obesity, and heart disease.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism include:
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive
- Significant mood swings, anxiety, and/or depression
- Fatigue during the day even after a full night’s sleep
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Consistently low body temperature
- Cold extremities
- Pale, puffy face
- Excessive hair loss
- Swelling of the neck (goiter)
- High LDL cholesterol levels
- Enlarged heart
- Dry, cracked skin and brittle nails
- Worsening snoring or hoarseness when speaking
- Peripheral neuropathy (numbness/tingling in extremities)
- Failing memory or inability to concentrate
If you are regularly experiencing a two or more of these symptoms, you should be tested by a functional medicine physician to check your thyroid hormone levels. Fortunately, accurate thyroid function tests are currently available, and treatment of the condition is usually simple, safe, and effective.
Thorough Diagnosis and Treatments for Men's Thyroid Conditions
General practitioners often fail to diagnose thyroid imbalances without the proper diagnostic assessments, because a routine physical exam does not address hormone levels. At Premier Men’s Medical Center, our physicians will run all of the diagnostic tests necessary (for thyroid T4, T3, and TSH), and work with you to discover the severity and root cause(s) of your thyroid imbalance.
Premier Men’s Medical Center offers cutting edge treatment programs for thyroid issues. Treatment usually consists of thyroid hormone replacement with a synthetic hormone. Your treatment may be complemented by dietary supplements containing potent ingredients. Once treatment has begun, you should begin to see improvement in your symptoms almost immediately.