For a small gland, the thyroid packs a big punch. When your thyroid is out of whack, it affects virtually every part of your body. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help right your system and help you feel normal again. A Newport Beach thyroid hormone treatment doctor could test your thyroid hormone levels and determine the right dosage for you through regular monitoring.
The thyroid gland is located in the neck, beneath the voice box. This butterfly-shaped gland is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism. It produces three hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3), tetraiodothyronine (thyroxine/T4), and calcitonin. This last hormone is responsible for maintaining the correct calcium levels in the bloodstream.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is not producing sufficient hormones. The condition is also known as underactive thyroid. Symptoms are mild in its earliest stages, but worsen with time. Although anyone may develop hypothyroidism, it is more common in women over age 60, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
Some of these symptoms are also related to menopause, so testing for thyroid levels can reveal whether thyroid hormones are low. If thyroid levels are within normal range, some patients may find symptom relief through the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Hypothyroidism is more common in humans than its opposite, hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormones. Grave’s disease, most often found in women, is one form of hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include:
Simple blood tests can reveal the level of thyroid hormone in the body. The thyroid stimulating hormone test, known as TSH, is considered the most accurate. The test measures the amount of T4 the thyroid is producing. Some patients may need to undergo diagnostic imaging tests so that the doctor can view the thyroid gland. For help with regulating your thyroid hormone levels, get in touch with a Newport Beach thyroid hormone treatment.
Along with thyroid testing, the doctor takes a complete medical history and -performs a physical examination, looking specifically for evidence of thyroid problems. It is important for patients to tell the doctor about any medications taken, as some may lower thyroid levels.
Rather than prescribing synthetic thyroid hormones, the doctor could prescribe bioidentical thyroid hormones to treat thyroid disease. Bioidentical thyroid hormones are natural, derived from porcine thyroid glands and identical on the biological level to the thyroid hormones produced by the human thyroid gland.
Bioidentical thyroid hormones are created individually for each patient in compounding pharmacies. Not only are such hormones natural, but they are free from the fillers and additives found in synthetic thyroid hormones. Some of the fillers include glucose or lactose, which may cause additional problems for some thyroid patients.
Since the compounding pharmacy makes all medication, the doctor can change the amount of T3 and T4 in the prescription for the best needs of the patient. In general, patients take their medication twice a day.
If you are experiencing symptoms of thyroid issues and would like to know more about whether you are a candidate for Newport Beach thyroid hormone treatment, call the Newport Beach office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. If Dr. Jacobson is not available for an in-person consultation, he can be reached remotely via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone.