Thyroid & Adrenal Health

“IS IT REALLY NORMAL TO BE THIS TIRED?”

It’s a question we hear a lot from our patients. And in most cases, the answer is No. It’s not.

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism (and Hashimoto’s) and adrenal dysfunction are often overlooked by conventional endocrinologists. If you’re feeling sub-par and have been told by other doctors that your thyroid labs look “completely normal,” it may be time to see one of our physicians.

THYROID HEALTH

Hypothyroidism affects millions of Americans, most of whom are women. The majority of cases are caused by an autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s, a disease in which the immune system begins to attack the body’s own thyroid gland. We therefore use both thyroid-supporting as well as immune-balancing approaches when caring for our patients affected by hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog or poor memory
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty losing weight or unexplained weight gain
  • Dry skin and/or brittle nails
  • Thinning hair or shortening of eyebrows
  • Depression and mood imbalances
  • Feeling cold all the time
  • Heavy or irregular menses
  • Infertility
  • High cholesterol levels

Hyperthyroidism refers to a state in which the thyroid is over-functioning. This often happens in an autoimmune condition known as Grave’s Disease. Although it’s less common than hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause a heart attack. For this reason, we treat hyperthyroidism very mindfully and thoroughly.

ADRENAL HEALTH

The adrenal glands sit above the kidneys and produce, among other things, a stress hormone known as cortisol. The more demand and stress the body is under, the harder the adrenal glands work, and the more cortisol they produce. When these glands are worked too hard for too long, however, they become tired and work inefficiently. This state is often referred to as adrenal fatigue.

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Afternoon fatigue and possible dependence on coffee, chocolate, and energy drinks
  • Difficulty falling asleep, or feeling “tired but wired”
  • Craving sugar, salt, or fat
  • Frequent colds and illness
  • Low libido
  • Increased PMS and menopausal symptoms
  • Irritability, anxiety, and/or feeling very stressed out
  • Inability to cope with stress
  • Difficulty losing weight (especially for “apple-shaped” people)
  • High blood sugar levels

THE THYROID/ADRENAL CONNECTION

There is cross-talk between the adrenal glands and the thyroid. The adrenals kick into gear when the body is under stress, or when the brain perceives danger. When this happens, thyroid function goes down, since metabolism isn’t nearly as important as survival. When the adrenals are working hard, the thyroid takes a back seat.

For this reason, we take into consideration but thyroid and adrenal health when treating our patients.

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