The thyroid is a gland which produces hormones that influence nearly all your body’s metabolic processes. When the thyroid ceases to produce enough thyroid hormone it is known as hypothyroidism. Too much thyroid hormone production is called hyperthyroidism. Because the symptoms of either of these conditions can severely impact a person’s well-being, it is important to seek medical intervention. Los Angeles Integrative Medicine offers thyroid treatment in Glendale, CA.
What are the symptoms of a thyroid disorder?
Thyroid conditions have such a wide variety of symptoms that they often get misdiagnosed. It is not uncommon for a person to see many physicians, each who address only one or a few specific symptoms rather than diagnosing the thyroid disorder. Some medications can even be harmful to the thyroid, making the underlying condition worse.
There is no single set of symptoms that definitively point toward a thyroid disorder. Since thyroid dysfunction is the foundation of so many symptoms and conditions it is important to be checked as part of any healthcare screening, not just in thyroid treatment.
Common symptoms of a hypothyroid condition include:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Low libido
Common symptoms of a hyperthyroid condition include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Rapid heartbeat
- Increased appetite
- Thinning hair
- Frequent bowel movements
How are thyroid conditions treated?
Each person is unique and so is each thyroid condition. Understanding an individual’s thyroid condition begins with detailed diagnostics. Dr. Nishant Rao takes time talking to you to get a full understanding of your personal symptoms and medical history. He uses lab work and other diagnostic testing to measure your exact level of thyroid hormones.
Once a full understanding of your condition emerges, a diagnosis is made followed by a thyroid treatment plan. Your personalized thyroid treatment will depend on your specific condition. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for thyroid conditions. Dr. Rao addresses the immediate symptoms you are experiencing and creates a long-term plan to bring the condition under control.
Your treatment may include medication, nutritional and herbal supplementation, and/or changes to your diet. The treatment is individualized to address your specific symptoms and condition. The thyroid treatment will be fluid, with necessary adjustments made as your condition improves and changes.
Conditions relating to the thyroid:
In addition to hyper- and hypothyroidism, there are other potential conditions which can cause thyroid conditions. Some of these symptoms are autoimmune disorders. In these cases it is important to address the immune system as part of the thyroid treatment.
Some underlying conditions that can cause thyroid disorders include:
- Graves’ Disease
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
If you recognize some of the above symptoms in yourself or if you have not had your thyroid hormone levels checked in a while, contact Los Angeles Integrative Medicine for your thyroid treatment in Glendale, CA.
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