Thyroid Disorders and Treatment

Treating Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism, and Hyperthyroidism

If you suffer from hyperthyroidism or another thyroid condition, you are not alone.

Our thyroid specialist can perform tests, diagnose your condition, and recommend a personalized thyroid treatment to manage your health.

What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?

The thyroid gland produces hormones that are used by our brain, heart, muscles, bones, kidneys, skin, and other organs. It is a butterfly-shaped organ located in front of and at the base of the neck. About two inches long, the thyroid consists of two symmetrical lobes on either side of the trachea, or windpipe, connected by thyroid tissue called an isthmus.

An integral part of the endocrine system, it produces hormones known as triiodothyronine and thyroxine, which are regulated by hormones released by the pituitary gland in the brain. Thyroid hormones are made from iodine, which is obtained from the food you eat. They regulate heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and menstrual cycles. Even body temperature and mood are affected by thyroid hormone levels.

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Types of Thyroid Conditions and Diseases

A thyroid disorder can have many effects on the body. There are many symptoms and no single list of signs that point to problem with the thyroid. To diagnose a problem, a physician must perform a thyroid profile. One way to assess thyroid health is to measure the levels of thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH, in the blood. TSH from the pituitary stimulates the thyroid gland to produce its own hormones.

Common conditions affecting the thyroid gland include:

 

An overproduction of thyroid hormones can cause biological processes to speed up. Symptoms include sudden and unexplained weight loss, rapid heartbeat, increased appetite, insomnia, chronic fatigue, thinning hair, and frequent bowel movements. Anxiety is another sign of an overactive thyroid. In children and adolescents, accelerated growth, building eyes, and jitteriness are a few possible symptoms. Inflammation or a tumor on one of the four parathyroid glands on the thyroid can cause it to become overactive. Nutritional deficiencies have been linked to hyperthyroidism as well.

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With too little thyroid hormone, you might gain weight and experience hair loss, constipation, infertility, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Dry skin, cold sensitivity, low body temperature and, in children, decreased growth rate, early/late puberty, and lethargy are common symptoms. When cellular processes are slowed, it can be difficult to concentrate and, despite your best efforts, losing weight is next to impossible. Common causes include autoimmune diseases, thyroid surgery, medications such as lithium, and radiation used to treat cancer, while congenital diseases, pituitary gland disorders, and iodine deficiency are less common contributors.

An autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland. Also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s disease causes the thyroid to become underactive. It is the leading cause of hypothyroidism. Early on, there are often no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, you might develop swelling called a goiter and have low thyroid hormone levels in your blood. Unexplained tiredness, dry skin, constipation, and a pale, puffy face are reasons for suspicion and to see a doctor. If not treated, Hashimoto’s disease can lead to heart problems, mental health issues, birth defects, and a rare, fatal condition known as myxedema.

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Thyroiditis

A general inflammation of the thyroid gland that includes a number of disorders. In the United States, a common form is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (other types include subacute, silent/painless, and acute thyroiditis). Blood thyroid hormone levels might increase temporarily after pregnancy, leading to postpartum thyroiditis. Thyroiditis can lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism if glandular cells are damaged over time. Antibodies can attack the thyroid due to conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, while a viral or bacterial infection can cause the thyroid to become inflamed. Amiodarone, interferon, and other drugs can damage thyroid cells as well.

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Our Process

Thyroid disease affects a quarter of all women and one in nine men. Various treatment plans are available, including prescription medications. At Next Advanced Medicine, we offer educational seminars led by renowned thyroid specialists, to help people connect their symptoms with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. There is no cost to register and free lunch or dinner is included.

Feel free to RSVP for the latest seminar, listed here on our website, by filling out our registration form, to learn about:

  • The cause of your symptoms
  • The root causes of disease
  • The latest research
  • The use of deep testing
  • Functional medicine
  • Individualized treatment 

At Next Advanced Medicine, we specialize in customized treatment plans to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to thyroid treatment. You don’t have to suffer unnecessarily due to insufficient care. 

The causes of thyroid dysfunction range from metabolic to hormonal, to nutritional factors. Our deep testing protocol enables us to look for metabolic, hormonal, and nutritional markers; diagnose thyroid disease; and treat the root causes.

For example, checking pituitary hormone levels in the blood can help identify thyroid dysfunction. More TSH will be present to compensate for low thyroid hormone levels, while less TSH is produced when they are high. But a number of other factors can be at play, including genetics, medications, thyroid inflammation, iodine deficiency/excess, or thyroid cancer. The average TSH levels for an adult range from 0.4 to 4.0 mIU/L.

Once we determine the nature, cause, and scope of your condition, we can develop a customized treatment plan ranging from hormone treatment to nutrition planning. We also offer counseling to help you understand your condition and live a healthier lifestyle.

Thyroid Treatment by Next Advanced Medicine

We have developed a clinical model to treat the underlying causes of thyroid dysfunction. If you suffer from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, low libido, weight gain or loss, insomnia, depression, or other unexplained symptoms, we can provide answers and an action plan that achieves results. Contact us today to attend one of our seminars and learn more about personalized thyroid treatment options.

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"My association with Next Advanced has been an invaluable experience. I have learned so much and continue to learn about this disease and caring for a loved one."

James Davis, Age 32

"My association with Next Advanced has been an invaluable experience. I have learned so much and continue to learn about this disease and caring for a loved one."

James Davis, Age 32

"My association with Next Advanced has been an invaluable experience. I have learned so much and continue to learn about this disease and caring for a loved one."

James Davis, Age 32

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