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Thyroid Treatments

The complications associated with a thyroid condition can have a serious impact on your health and lifestyle, but most of the treatments out there don’t go far enough

Thyroid problems are very serious, especially when you consider just how much this gland does for a person’s body. Its hormones regulate how fast your body burns calories, as well as the speed of your heartbeat. In other words, the thyroid has a direct bearing on your metabolism, and issues with the gland are likely to lead to serious complications.

Conventional medicine is capable of helping people with thyroid problems, but often the focus is on addressing symptoms, not doing away with them. Plus, many of the treatment options emphasize maintaining current standards of health instead of improving them.

A functional approach to healing offers a unique, more patient-focused approach to treatment, and can be a welcome solution for those suffering from thyroid issues. Unfortunately, the approaches that center on pharmaceuticals are the ones that get the vast majority of exposure.

Complications and Symptoms You Might Face with Thyroid Problems

Whether your thyroid gland is overactive or under-functioning, you could be experiencing a variety of symptoms and complications. By no means are the items listed below exclusive to thyroid issues — some or even all of them could be the result of other health problems. In some cases, these symptoms could be part of serious illnesses your doctors have yet to diagnose. Only a medical professional can determine the root causes of these symptoms, which include:

  • Heart palpitations and an elevated heart rate (which might be symptoms of hyperthyroidism)
  • Weight gain that occurs without any changes in diet or lifestyle (can indicate lower than usual thyroid gland activity)
  • Increased cholesterol levels (found in patients diagnosed with hyperthyroidism)
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold (under-functioning thyroid sufferers can feel cold on a constant basis, while overactive thyroid glands can cause heat intolerance)
  • Difficulty concentrating, and feeling sluggish or depressed (mental function might fluctuate due to levels of thyroid hormones that are too high or too low)
  • Aching muscles (this symptom isn’t specific to any one type of thyroid issue)

The Impact Thyroid Disease Symptoms Can Have on a Person’s Lifestyle

Thyroid problems don’t just create short-term discomforts and inconveniences. Over time, symptoms that might seem like mere annoyances at first can contribute to a decreased quality of life.

If your thyroid problem has left you with a lack of energy, you could find yourself struggling to get through even the simplest of tasks. Constant fatigue can make routine tasks like running errands or going to the store feel like massive hurdles to overcome. Your relationships may also suffer, as the depression that can stem from thyroid disease is capable of spilling over into every aspect of your life. Your love life can come under strain from a lack of libido, and your self-confidence can suffer. Many individuals with thyroid issues end up dealing with hair loss, dry skin and weight gain.

Issues like these will only worsen over time unless you take the right steps to address them. Putting a temporary band-aid on symptoms might help in the short-term, but ultimately that kind of approach just isn’t enough. The best way to return your lifestyle to a healthier, happier level is to address the underlying problem so the rest of the issues can resolve.

Treatments and Medicines People Typically Use for Thyroid Problems

Conventional treatment for thyroid disorders typically relies on prescribed medications and surgery. For hyperthyroidism, treatment centers on suppressing the gland’s production of hormones, while for hypothyroidism, hormone replacement is usually a requirement. The treatments chosen for you take into account your health status and history, as well as the specific nature of your thyroid issue. However, for the most part, suppression of thyroid hormone production occurs through the following:

  • Radioactive iodine treatment — this involves ingesting radioactive iodine to damage the cells of the thyroid to limit its ability to manufacture hormones. This method can actually lead to the development of hypothyroidism.
  • Anti-thyroid medications — these might be necessary for up to a year or longer, after which regular tests will confirm symptoms don’t return.
  • Surgery — usually only done for people who can’t tolerate the medications, or for people who have cancerous nodules or large goiters.

For hypothyroidism, conventional medicine can only provide patients with a lifelong program of thyroid hormone replacement. The synthetic hormones can interfere with other medications you might be taking, however, and unpleasant side effects are common. Certain minerals can also interfere with the effectiveness of replacement hormones.

Contrary to What You Might Think, the Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders Can Be Resolved

At Valhalla Wellness, our approach adopts elements of functional medicine, alternative herbal remedies and conventional practices. We provide patients with multifaceted programs to heal the body on a cellular level and optimize its ability to fight off illnesses. This functional approach to treating people places a focus on the underlying issues, not the symptoms. Although we will prescribe short-term “Band-Aids” to provide quick relief, the key emphasis is always on finding a long-lasting resolution.

Thyroid disorders can vary, and every person is different, which is why we use lab work in addition to your genetics and health status to formulate the best program for your needs. We make adjustments to your treatment as needed, but the goal will always be to optimize your body’s ability to heal itself. We aim to get you off the medications and improve your overall health for a better quality of life.

We approach your illness from every direction, and our methods include working on your diet, improving your lifestyle and teaching you the best ways to exercise. Therapeutic doses of herbal supplements and vitamins can help you reach new levels of health. Also, if you’re in need of heavy detoxification, we will provide it as an additional aspect of your plan. Our integrated approach will make you feel better, and once we achieve that, your symptoms and complications will begin to disappear.

Before long, you’ll wonder why you ever settled for treatments that focus on your symptoms and not on making you feel better for the long-term. Give us a call today for a consultation, and learn if you’re the right fit for our program so you can start on the path to a healthier you.