About the Thyroid
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck that is responsible for producing several hormones that regulate your body's metabolic processes. At Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, we can provide you integrated care that can help ease your thyroid problems.
Common Thyroid Disorders
A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland, which often does not require treatment like other thyroid conditions. However, a goiter can swell your neck so much to make you cough or have problems in breathing or swallowing.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid produces too many hormones, and it makes your body functions to go faster than usual. There are several potential causes of hyperthyroidism, including Grave’s disease. Grave’s diseases affects your immune system. There are nodules caused by hyperthyroidism known as toxic adenomas. The toxic adenomas secrete thyroid hormones which can cause subacute thyroiditis or inflammation in the hormones.
The opposite of hyperthyroidism is hypothyroidism, in which there is not enough hormone production. By not having enough hormones, you may be exposed to be Hashimoto's disease, thyroid removal, and exposure to too much iodide. Hypothyroidism can result in energy loss even if you get plenty of sleep. Depression is also a symptom of hypothyroidism. Left untreated, severe hypothyroidism can trigger a myxedema coma.
Thyroid cancer is among the most serious of thyroid condition because most people may not experience any symptoms. Nodules may be present for several years before thyroid cancer is detected. Some people may be more at risk of developing thyroid cancer because of previous radiation treatments to their head or neck.
Treating Thyroid Conditions
Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism require lifelong care. Various professionals can assist with diagnosing and treatment of thyroid illnesses. A patient's primary care doctor may make the initial diagnosis before referring a patient to an endocrinologist, who specializes in hormone problems. Your doctor may recommend iodide treatment, medication, or even surgery.
You can also get integrated care at Health Advantage Physical Care. A chiropractor may provide nutritional guidance or integrated medicine, which reduces pain that may be caused by thyroid disorders. They may use spinal manipulation to reduce that tension you may have in the muscles.
Contact Us for More Information
If you're concerned about your thyroid function or would like additional help to manage pain caused by a thyroid disorder, Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena is here to help. Call us at (626)-798-7805 today.