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Notice: As part of our Acute Injury Treatment Practice, we now offer Functional Medicine Integrative Assessments and Treatments* within our clinical scope for chronic degenerative disorders. Learn More* Call Us Today: 915-850-0900

Functional Medicine Explained

Hypo Thyroid

Hypo Thyroid: Hypothyroidism, aka (under-active thyroid), is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough specific and important hormones. Hypothyroidism upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body. It rarely causes symptoms in its early stages, but left untreated; it can cause several health problems, i.e., obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease. The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary and depend on the severity of the hormone deficiency. In general, the symptoms tend to develop slowly, usually over several years. At first, the symptoms are barely noticeable, such as fatigue and weight gain. Often these are attributed to getting older. But as the metabolism continues to slow, more obvious signs and symptoms may develop. Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Elevated blood cholesterol levels
  • Hoarseness
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Impaired memory
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
  • Puffy face
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Thinning hair
  • Weight gain

Untreated, symptoms can become more severe. For example, constant stimulation of your thyroid gland to release more hormones may lead to an enlarged thyroid (goiter). In addition, greater forgetfulness, slower thought processing, and depression. Advanced hypothyroidism, aka myxedema, is rare, but when it happens, it can be life-threatening. Symptoms include low blood pressure, decreased breathing, decreased body temperature, unresponsiveness, and even coma. In extreme cases, it can be fatal.

Fortunately, accurate thyroid function tests are available, and treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone is usually simple, safe, and effective once a doctor finds the right dose for a Hypo Thyroid.

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional or licensed physician and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. In addition, we provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure.

We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. In addition, we provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com

Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*

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