Understanding Thyroid Problems
There are two major categories of thyroid dysfunctions: Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism. Although they both affect the same gland, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism have opposite effects on your body.
The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland in the front of your neck acts as the control center for your body. Hormones secreted by the thyroid help maintain the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs, and help the body to use energy properly. So when something goes awry that leads to underactive thyroid or overactive thyroid, your metabolism either revs up too high or slows way down. These two conditions — hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism — affect the thyroid in different ways and therefore have distinct symptoms.
In hypothyroidism, the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. The most common form of low thyroid is Hashimoto’s Disease, a condition where the immune system makes antibodies that destroy thyroid cells and stop them from making the thyroid hormone.
In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone. The most common form of low thyroid is a condition called Grave’s disease. Some people with Grave’s disease have swelling in the front of their neck from an enlarged thyroid gland, called a goiter, as well as eyes that appear enlarged due to inflammation.
Our goal at Triad Health Center is to uncover the root cause of the thyroid dysfunction. We use very specific thyroid testing to analyze where your body is at on the thyroid scale, including Thyroid Antibodies, rT3, free T4, free T3, serum selenium, and TSH most commonly. We will also investigate to see what toxins are present in your body that may be contributing to the thyroid storm, such as Heavy Metal testing, Lyme panel, or Biotoxin panel. Once we uncover the source, we will customize a plan to help remove it along with restoring the health of your thyroid.