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Thyroid Dysfunctions

The thyroid and parathyroid glands produce and secrete hormones.  The thyroid hormone affects the metabolic rate of the body.  The parathyroid controls levels of essential minerals in the blood.  A blood test can diagnose thyroid dysfunctions that involve overactive or underactive thyroid production.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism or Overactive Thyroid Gland is a raised level of thyroid hormone in the body. Thyroxine is a hormone made by the thyroid gland and helps to keep the metabolism working at the correct speed. When the thyroid gland is overactive, it produces too much thyroxine which causes many of your body’s functions to speed up. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease called Graves’ disease. The disease affects more women (2 in 100) than men (2 in 1,000), typically occurring between the ages of 20 and 50 years old.  Hyperthyroidism can also produce thyroid nodules which are benign (non-cancerous) lumps which can develop in the thyroid gland.

Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

  • Nervous, antsy, and restless behavior.
  • Being irritable.
  • Hand tremors.
  • Overactivity and lack of sleep.
  • Weight loss despite an increased appetite.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Increased thirst and sweating.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Diarrhea and feeling of urgency to use the restroom.
  • Thinning hair.
  • Itchy skin.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism or Underactive Thyroid Gland is a reduced level of thyroid hormone. Thyroxine is a hormone made by your thyroid gland that helps to keep the metabolism working at the correct speed. When the thyroid gland is underactive, it doesn’t produce enough thyroxine which causes many of the body’s functions to slow down. Autoimmune thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease which makes antibodies that attach to the thyroid gland, and the thyroid gland is then unable to make enough thyroxine. The disease affects more women (1 in 50) than men (1 in 1,000) and is more likely to occur with aging.  If patients have untreated or improperly treated hypothyroidism, there is an increased risk of developing heart disease because a low thyroxine level causes lipids such as cholesterol to rise.

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue.
  • Dry skin.
  • Brittle Hair.
  • Weight Gain.
  • Constipation.
  • Feeling cold.

Goiter

Goiter or thyroid swelling is an enlarged or swollen thyroid gland. The disorder may be a result of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism but can occur in patients with normal thyroid hormone production.  A goiter swells because of one or more lumps developing in the thyroid.  A normal sized thyroid gland cannot be felt or seen in its position at the front, lower part of the neck directly in front of the windpipe.  If the thyroid enlarges, it causes a swelling in the neck which can be felt and seen. Thyroiditis is an inflamed thyroid which is painful and typically the result of an infection from a virus or bacteria. Graves’ disease and an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can damage the thyroid gland and cause a goiter. Nodular goiter(s) is a single lump or several lumps which develop and may be caused by a non-cancerous tumor or cyst.

Common Symptoms of a Goiter:

  • Swelling in the neck.
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing because the goiter is pressing against the windpipe.

Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the fatty tissues and muscles in the eye socket to become inflamed and swell. The swelling pushes the eyeball forward and creates a variety of eye symptoms. Thyroid Eye disease usually is associated with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease. The disease is also known as ophthalmopathy, dysthyroid eye disease, ophthalmic Graves’ disease or Graves’ ophthalmopathy.   There is an active phase of the disease while inflammation and swelling occur which can be months to two years then is followed by a healing response. Treatment involves steps to protect the eye and control the thyroid hormone as the disease runs its course.

Common Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease:

  • Aching behind the eye, especially with eye movement which can be worse in the morning.
  • Red and irritated eyes.
  • Dry eyes.
  • Double vision.
  • Sensitivity to light.

Alternative Treatment for Thyroid Dysfunctions:

Sunridge Medical has an alternative treatment for thyroid conditions as well as complimentary treatment for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.  Our care for the disease is a custom formulated treatment plan that differs depending on the symptoms and underlying cause of the illness that the patient is experiencing.

Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of thyroid dysfunctions but they do not address the root of the problem. Generally, by undergoing comprehensive natural medicine testing, the root cause of disease can be found.

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