What‘s Up With My Thyroid?

Could there be something wrong with my thyroid?

The thyroid is a small gland located in the front of the neck below the Adam’s apple. It produces hormones that regulate how fast we burn food (metabolism), and it helps to regulate body temperature, body energy, use of other hormones and growth and development of body tissues.

What can go wrong with the thyroid? The gland can produce too much or too little hormone, an issue that is more common in women than in men.

Symptoms of thyroid hormone overproduction include:

• Weight loss even if eating more
• Increased heart rate
• More frequent bowel movements
• Muscle weakness, trembling hands
• Goiter (enlarged gland)
• Change in menstrual cycles

Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include:

• Tiredness, brain fog, depression
• Slow heart rate
• Increased sensitivity to cold
• Tingling or numbness in hands
• Goiter
• Constipation
• Heavy menstrual periods
• Dry skin
• Dry, thinning hair; loss of outer eyebrows
• Swelling around the eyes
• Decreased circulation to the skin resulting in dry, coarse skin on       extremities
• Prominent redness in front of the neck

Children can also experience thyroid problems. Symptoms include being tired, poor growth, delayed tooth development, decreased sexual development, poor school performance, behavioral problems, anxiety, and being too active. Infants can be overly tired and constipated.

Lab tests which can tell us which type of thyroid problem you may have include CBC, CMP, TSH total and free T4, T3, Reverse T3, T3 uptake, TPO antibody, and TGB antibody.

If your thyroid is OK, there are other reasons for feeling tired all the time. The main possibility is adrenal fatigue, which is caused by physical and emotional stress. An overload occurs in the body and chemicals are released into your system. This wears out adrenals, often resulting in poor sleep, anxiety, depression, nervousness, dizziness when standing up, faintness, fatigue, and low energy.

Physical stressors include travel, injuries, toxins, lack of sleep, poor diet, and an unhealthy nervous system.

Emotional stressors include losses, threats, and toxic people.

What can you do to help your healing abilities? You can ignite the body’s healing spark!

First, we find out where life’s stresses are affecting your body, and then we develop a treatment plan which may include gentle Chiropractic “adjustments” as well as organic supplements that target specific organs and supply them with the exact nutrition needed to aid healing.

Chiropractic care allows your organs to heal through improving the health of your nervous system, so if this is part of your health problem, we can help you here as well.

My goal is to help you get and stay well and feeling great!

What’s the difference between Dr. Charlene Thorburn and other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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