The thyroid affects everything.
You might not know this, but the thyroid is kind of a big deal. The thyroid is that small butterfly-shaped gland discreetly located at the front of the neck near the adam’s apple. This gland may only boast four to six centimeters in length but is extremely important for the overall functioning of your body. The thyroid gland secretes hormones into the bloodstream, and these hormones affect every cell of the body – doing things like regulating the body’s metabolic rate, as well as the heart and digestive functions. So when it starts to malfunction, you may begin to feel symptoms you wouldn’t initially blame the thyroid for if you didn’t understand its purpose.
Symptoms of thyroid disease:
- dry skin and hair
- brittle nails
- trouble sleeping
- memory loss
- lack of focus
- intolerance to cold
Many people with thyroid dysfunction go years without realizing that they have a problem. Symptoms are nonspecific, often being misdiagnosed as other conditions.
Options For Treatment
If and when a person is diagnosed with a thyroid condition, they are given very little information and treatment options for their problem. Basically, they are told to take synthetic hormones for the rest of their lives, with the hope that maybe their symptoms will improve. The lack of real solutions can be frustrating to anyone struggling with this disease.
One Trussville doctor offers a different approach. Dr. Channing King, chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner, works to uncover the underlying causes of his patients’ conditions to stop the symptoms and disease from progressing, causing more damage; not just bandage it. Dr. King says the thyroid alone may not be the problem, so he checks to see how the whole body is working. From there, he provides a customized treatment plan based on each patient’s individual needs. He then works to re-establish total body health to help the thyroid gland and other organs function properly again.
If you are struggling with thyroid disease, and hormone therapy isn’t helping, functional medicine may just have the solutions to your chronic thyroid issues.