Thyroid diseases and disorders affect approximately 20 million people in the U.S., the majority of whom are women. Thyroid disease is often a case of overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) or underactive thyroid (hypothyroid). Hypothyroid is much more prevalent in the U.S. and is most often due to the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. There are signs and symptoms of Hashimotos that can crop up long before the laboratory diagnosis of hypothyroidism can be made, and these symptoms often go overlooked by physicians. Dr. Brighten, on the other hand, works with many patients suffering from thyroid disease, both hyper and hypothyroid, and is experienced at spotting thyroid disorders, even at early stages.
The thyroid gland is responsible for so many functions in the body, from body temperature to metabolism to hormone regulation. When the thyroid does not function properly, the body suffers, and if not diagnosed properly, you may not know why you’re sick! If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a low functioning thyroid:
- Brain fog
- Dry skin
- Thinning hair or loss of outer portion of eyebrows
- Unexplained weight gain
- Joint pain or stiffness
- Mood swings
- Sensitivity to cold
- Heavy or irregular menses
- Memory trouble
Dr. Brighten will guide you in the right direction with blood diagnostic testing, diagnosis, and treatment, ultimately supporting and optimizing thyroid function. Thyroid treatment should be individualized. Appropriate supplements and nutrition are also different from person to person and should be utilized to support thyroid function and facilitate activation of thyroid hormone. While one medication may work for one person, it may not be effective in helping another.
If you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms or have concerns about your thyroid health, we invite you to schedule a complimentary 10-minute consult with Dr. Brighten today. Learn more about how Dr. Brighten works here.