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Sometimes, you simply do not feel right. Perhaps the symptoms are vague, but something is definitely wrong. It is possible that you are suffering from thyroid disease, with your thyroid gland producing either too little or too much thyroid hormone.

If you suspect you may be suffering from an underactive thyroid gland, consider seeking professional medical help. A Beverly Hills thyroid hormone treatment doctor could perform tests to determine your thyroid levels and devise appropriate therapy.

What Is the Thyroid Gland?

Located in the neck, the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland regulates many of the body’s metabolic processes. Among other hormones, the thyroid produces triiodothyronine (T-3) and thyroxine (T-4). These hormones regulate the body’s heart rate, nervous system, temperature, and cholesterol levels, as well as the menses, weight, muscle strength—even breathing. When the thyroid is not functioning correctly, serious side effects may ensue.

Low Thyroid Symptoms

Low thyroid, formally known as hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid glands do not produce sufficient amounts of hormones. Initial symptoms are often subtle, but get worse as time passes. Symptoms vary according to the individual, but may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Dry skin
  • Facial puffiness
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Depression
  • Memory issues
  • Hair thinning
  • Hoarse voice
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods in women

Grave’s Disease

Grave’s disease occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Women are more prone to Grave’s disease than men. Symptoms include cessation of menstruation, heart palpitations or a fast heart rate, anxiety, high blood pressure, copious sweating, irritability and heat intolerance. One telltale sign of Grave’s disease is eye protrusion.

Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto’s disease occurs when the patient’s immune system attacks their thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism. Middle-aged women are most vulnerable, but anyone can develop Hashimoto’s disease.

The disease may run in families, and anyone already diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder is at increased risk. An early sign includes throat swelling, which can lead to goiter down the road. Other symptoms are similar to those of hypothyroidism, but patients may also experience tongue enlargement.

How a Thyroid Hormone Treatment Doctor Could Help

A blood test can show a patient’s thyroid levels. In some cases, CT scans or MRIs are necessary so that the doctor may view the thyroid gland itself to look for abnormalities.

Fortunately, most types of thyroid disease respond well to treatment. Rather than using synthetic hormones to treat patients, the doctor could prescribe bioidentical thyroid hormones.

Synthetic thyroid hormones only contain T-4, while bioidentical thyroid hormones contain T-3 and T-4 in the proper balance. Because bioidentical thyroid hormones are created by a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy for each individual patient, therapy is more effectively targeted. Most patients would take their bioidentical thyroid hormones twice daily and start feeling better soon after treatment begins.

Learn More About Thyroid Hormone Treatment

If you would like to know whether you are a candidate for thyroid hormone treatment, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today. Arranging a consultation in person in Beverly Hills could be possible periodically, but alternatively, Dr. Jacobson is always available remotely over Skype, telephone, or FaceTime.