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How to Know if You Have a Thyroid Hormone Imbalance

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February 14, 2024

The thyroid gland has many different functions, from regulating body temperature and energy levels to hormone production. When it stops functioning as it should, you can feel tired, sick, and generally down. Find out more about thyroid hormone imbalance and the treatment options available:

Thyroid Disease & Women’s Health

The thyroid is responsible for producing several important hormones, including thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and calcitonin, which help with metabolism and nervous system function. When any of these hormone levels are too low or too high, the imbalance results in a form of thyroiditis– hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, which we will discuss next. Both men and women can suffer from thyroid disease; however, women are particularly susceptible, especially if they have a family history of thyroid issues or a preexisting condition such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Signs of Thyroid Hormone Imbalance

The symptoms of thyroid hormone imbalance can be unnoticeable for a long time but can eventually manifest in a variety of ways. If your thyroid isn’t making enough hormones, you have hypothyroidism. The most common cause is an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s. Hypothyroidism symptoms could be any of the following:

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  • feeling tired all the time
  • increased sensitivity to cold
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • abnormal weight gain
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • depression
  • muscle aches

On the other hand, hyperthyroidism is the result of the thyroid producing too much of a hormone. The autoimmune condition called Graves’ disease is typically the culprit behind hyperthyroidism, and symptoms can look like:

  • increased sweating and feeling hot
  • racing heart or irregular heartbeat
  • anxiety, nervousness, and irritability
  • lighter or less frequent menstrual periods
  • frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • unexplained weight loss
  • changes in energy levels
  • hand tremors
  • difficulty sleeping
  • hair loss

Even if you’re not sure you have possible symptoms of thyroid problems, it’s a good idea to get your levels checked routinely. While thyroid disease is a life-long condition, the good news is that a thyroid hormone imbalance can be treated. You can find relief from your symptoms and start feeling like yourself again!

Thyroid Treatment at Harrison Pharmacy & Wellness

After undergoing thyroid hormone testing, you and your doctor will discuss treatment options such as thyroid hormone therapy. That’s a specialty we know a lot about! We can make compounded thyroid medications that are personalized to the specific dosage you need, and we can also remove allergens and other unwanted ingredients.

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What about supplements? There are several dietary supplements such as l-tyrosine, that are extremely beneficial for thyroid health. Consider Thyroid Support Complex, a blend of vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts designed to support optimal thyroid hormone production and function. Ingredients include vitamins A and D, zinc, selenium, Ashwagandha, turmeric extract, iodine, and l-tyrosine.

Whether you have a diagnosis or are simply looking for answers regarding your symptoms, we are here to support you through your health journey. A thyroid hormone imbalance is completely treatable, and you deserve to feel your best. Get in touch with our Ohio compounding pharmacy to learn more about how to begin the process of treating your thyroid.