Constant fatigue and weight gain are classic signs of thyroid trouble. But, even knowing this, many conventional practitioners supply only the minimum testing. In addition, they tell you your thyroid is normal if your blood tests are within the “normal” lab range. They overlook hormone levels at the low or high end of the “normal” range where they can indicate a problem.
At the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine, we evaluate your thyroid function as well as search for the causes of your thyroid problems for a more lasting solution. We treat your thyroid with traditional as well as alternative approaches to get your best results. Visit the Sklar Center for Restorative Health in Long Beach, California, to take a whole innovative approach to your treatment. Call or book an appointment online today!
Thyroid Q & A
What Are Thyroid Diseases?
Thyroid diseases are the result of a malfunction of the thyroid. Your thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck which controls the following:
- Body temperature
- Heart rate
- Menstrual cycle
Having too much or too little thyroid hormone can affect all of these functions in your body. Your diagnosis depends on whether your thyroid makes too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little hormone (hypothyroidism). Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder. It affects women far more than men.
The two major autoimmune thyroid diseases are:
- Graves’ disease: thyroid produces too much hormone
- Hashimoto’s disease: thyroid doesn’t make enough hormone
What Are The Symptoms Of A Thyroid Problem?
The symptoms of thyroid disease vary depending on your hormone levels. The following are the most common symptoms of low thyroid function:
- Weight gain
- Sensitive to cold
- Dry hair and skin
- Cold hands and feet
- Menstrual cycle irregularities
- Mood swings, anxiety, depression
There are more commonly overlooked symptoms of thyroid disease. At the Sklar Center we also screen for:
- Fine bumps on the back of your arms
- Hair loss on the outer eyebrows
- Puffy face and eyes
- Concentration problems
- Body temperature that runs below 97.8°F most days
Our team provides thorough exams and blood panels to look for thyroid disease. We also examine your thyroid hormone and your nutrient levels. Your nutrients may be deficient. Moreover, your hormone levels may be within what most doctors consider the “normal” range, but they may not be in the range for you to feel optimally well and symptom free.
We Offer Many Thyroid Treatment Options.
At the Sklar Center, we take a “whole body” approach to thyroid. We start with a careful history and thorough exam. We then order a full thyroid panel as well as check for nutrient and iodine deficiencies. We look at the many underlying causes of thyroid disease.
Since gluten commonly causes Hashimoto’s, we can test for gluten sensitivity. Then based on your results, supply nutritional guidance to get your symptoms under control.
Because toxins can cause thyroid disease, we can evaluate and help you remove the toxins from your living areas.
Since stress also interferes with the thyroid, the Sklar Center Team can also provide stress reduction guidance.
After we assess all of these possible causes, the Sklar Center Team creates a thyroid treatment plan. We use thyroid replacement and supplements to restore levels of nutrients that are essential for thyroid function.
If you have or suspect you have a thyroid condition, get in touch with the Sklar Center online or by phone to discuss your thyroid treatment options.