More than half of people with thyroid disorders are unaware of their condition. In fact, 20 million Americans are believed to suffer from thyroid diseases, yet many are unaware it exists.
If you experience thyroid issues, Gordon Hart, PA-C, and Lisa Hargis, NP, at the Balance Hormone Center in Norman, Oklahoma, can identify any problems you experience. With their vast knowledge of thyroid and hormone problems, they work with you to develop a plan to resolve your issues.
We specialize in hormone replacement therapy for men and women, focusing on improving your quality of life through personalized care and natural treatment methods.
Thyroid disorder treatment is an option for people suffering from a number of hormonal imbalances often related to aging, menopause, or vitamin deficiencies.
Understanding your thyroid
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped organ with a huge impact on your life. It’s usually about 25 grams, which weighs about the same as a paperclip or piece of gum. It’s located below your larynx. The hormones that your thyroid releases control your body’s metabolism.
These hormones influence numerous other body functions. These include:
- Energy consumption
- Regulation of body heat
- Activity of your nerves, muscles, heart, circulation, stomach, and intestines
- Your mental well-being
- Physical and psychological development (especially in children)
Major thyroid disorders
Your thyroid can produce too much hormone or not enough, causing several different disorders.
Hypothyroidism is characterized by a lack of thyroid hormone in your blood. Typical complaints can include:
- Slowed thinking or speaking
- Lack of drive
- Weight gain
- Puffiness of the face
- Excessive feeling of cold
- Reduced performance
Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid hormone levels are too high in your blood. The disorder is accompanied by symptoms such as:
- Weight loss
- A hot feeling
An enlarged thyroid gland is known as a goiter. The disease is often the result of an iodine deficiency. Up to 800 million people worldwide are suspected of having an iodine deficiency.
Possible consequences of an enlarged thyroid are narrowing of the airways due to the enlarged gland, trouble swallowing or breathing, coughing, wheezing, and hoarseness.
Treating thyroid problems
Diagnosing a thyroid disorder usually involves a simple blood draw. We then tailor your thyroid imbalance treatment based on the severity of symptoms you are experiencing as well as the condition you’re dealing with, either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Treatment with natural thyroid hormones may be beneficial for hypothyroidism.
Your body can’t absorb synthetic hormones as well as these thyroid therapy treatments. Moreover, using natural thyroid hormone therapy also prevents side effects because the hormones we use are molecularly similar to those in your own body.
We may prescribe beta blockers or antithyroid medications if you have an overactive thyroid. It may also be helpful to get IV therapy in-office for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Find out what we can do for you at the Balance Hormone Center before you live another day with a thyroid hormone imbalance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.