Thyroid Disorders

THYROID DISORDERS


Always Tired? You May Need a Thyroid Doctor

Are You Always Tired?

In today’s fast-paced world people often find themselves tired or fatigued. Whether it is due to hectic daily tasks such as work, household chores, or errands, most people attribute their fatigue to the lack-of-sleep, an abundance of work to do throughout the day, or even to missing their morning cup of coffee. While those may all play a factor in your fatigue, what if there is something more too it?

Do you suffer from daily fatigue? Do you feel as if your body randomly fluctuates between energetic periods where you feel your heart racing back to periods of feeling extremely tired? Perhaps the palms of your hands randomly become drenched in sweat – or maybe they begin to shake uncontrollably? Or maybe you always feel tired even if you feel as if you had a great night of sleep; or you feel chronic pain that is unexplainable; or maybe something in your body just seems off in general.

These issues may all be a sign of a thyroid disorder such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or Hashimoto’s disease.

The Facts

The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in the way you feel. Located in your neck, the thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands. The thyroid gland controls how quickly your body uses energy, makes proteins, and dictates your body’s sensitivity to other hormones through producing thyroid hormones such as triiodothyronine and thyroxine – which in turn regulate the growth and function of many other systems in the body. Any sort of abnormality within the thyroid gland can lead to issues such as fatigue, anxiety, chronic pain, and weight loss/gains – all of which can be caused by hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and Hashimoto’s disease. Find out more about the three main types of thyroid disease below.

Hyperthyroidism is caused by the body producing too much triiodythronine (T3) and/or thryoxine (T4). Affecting nearly 300,000 people annually, hyperthyroidism is eight times more likely to develop among women than men, and typically affects people over the age of 60.

While the most common way for a person to suffer from hyperthyroidism is due to the thyroid gland overproducing T3 or T4, some may become infected by hyperthyroidism due to nodules in the thyroid gland that cause the thyroid to enlarge and produce too much hormones; or even due to a bacterial infection in the thyroid. Hyperthyroidism can also be caused by other conditions such as Grave’s disease and Plummer’s disease.

Common complications caused by hyperthyroidism include anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, diarrhea, constant sweating, a rapid heart rate, increased appetite, irregular menstrual periods, hair loss, and muscle fatigue, among others. 

Hypothyroidism is essentially the opposite of hyperthyroidism; wherein the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones. Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism is more common in women than men, and is more likely to affect people over the age of 60.

Though hypothyroidism can often go undetected, it can cause significant issues over time if it goes untreated.

Among the common complications that can stem from hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, the inability to lose weight, depression, sensitivity to cold, muscle aches, thinning hair, brittle hair or nails, infertility, low libido, and even non-refreshing sleep.

Hashimoto’s Disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease wherein the thyroid is attacked by the body’s immune system. Because or immune system’s primary goal is to keep us healthy, it will send antibodies to attack any type of bacteria or virus that is foreign to the body. However, sometimes are immune system’s falsely identify regular portions of our body and inadvertently send antibodies to attack. For some people, antibodies will fight proteins in the thyroid gland, gradually destroying thyroid cells and causing Hashimoto’s disease.

As those antibodies continue to destroy the proteins in the thyroid gland, the body tries to react by releasing store thyroid hormones and causing the body’s thyroid hormone levels to be high. In doing so, Hashimoto’s disease takes control of the person’s body and causes uncomfortable circumstances.

Among common side effects of Hashimoto’s disease include anxiety, accelerated heart beat, sweating, twitching, diarrhea, rapid weight loss, and panic attacks. Once a person becomes afflicted with Hashimoto’s disease, failure to treat it will allow the antibodies to continue to attack the thyroid and killing more and more proteins until the body can no longer produce enough thyroid hormones – leading to extreme situations that may require lifelong medication.
Is there hope?

In short – the answer to your question is “YES”.

Several doctors - like Dr. Thakkar at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic – specialize in assisting people like yourself to determine what is going on with your body, identifying the issue and developing a means to correct it.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, do not hesitate to seek the assistance of a medical professional. Through a series of simple tests, doctors can determine what is going with you are body, properly diagnosing you and providing you with the necessary means towards a successful recovery.

Medical professionals like Dr. Thakkar and his team are here to help and can assist you in overcoming many issues that stem from thyroid disease. If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thakkar at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic.

Do I Have a Thyroid Disease?

As one of the largest endocrine glands in the body, the thyroid gland controls how quickly your body uses energy, makes protein, and dictates your body’s sensitivity to other hormones. When your thyroid doesn’t function correctly, your body is at risk for a plethora of health risks such as weight gain/loss, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

But how can you tell that you are one of the nearly 60 million Americans that suffer from a thyroid disease? While you most certainly should consult with a medical professional, below is a list of common symptoms that result from thyroid disease.

Unpredictable menstruation or fertility issues can be a sign of thyroid disease – more specifically hypothyroidism. While something like infertility may be difficult for a person to recognize unless they are deliberately trying to become pregnant, regularly monitoring menstruation cycles and volume should be done regularly in order to identify any erratic changes or issues.

Muscle aches such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, or tendonitis could also be common amongst those people suffering from a thyroid disease. Weakness in the joints, regular muscle fatigue, and other muscle spasms may also be a sign of thyroid disease.

Brittle hair or the loss of hair is common among people battling thyroid disease. While brittle hair that will fallout easily is more common among people battling hypothyroidism, it can also be a symptom of other thyroid diseases such as hyperthyroidism.

Dry coarse skin is another sign of thyroid disease that may be detected early on. For those people suffering from hypothyroidism, skin may become thick, dry and even scaly, while those suffering from hyperthyroidism may find their skin becoming fragile and thin.

Constipation or diarrhea is another unfortunate symptom of a thyroid disease. Frequently associated with hypothyroidism, severe or long-term constipation can become dangerous if it goes without treatment. On the opposite sides of things, irritable bowel syndrome or constant diarrhea – often associated with hyperthyroidism – can cause those infected with extreme uncomfortable situations.

Depression and anxiety are two of the most common symptoms of thyroid disease; with hypothyroidism being commonly associated with depression and hyperthyroidism commonly associated with anxiety. If a person suffers from depression or anxiety that does not stabilize with medication, it may be a sign of a thyroid disease.

Dramatic weight gains or weight loss is yet another unfortunate symptom of thyroid disease. People that follow a strict diet and exercise routine yet struggle to lose or stabilize their weight may be suffering from an undiagnosed thyroid disease. While difficulty losing weight is a sign of hypothyroidism, unexplained weight gains may be a sign of hyperthyroidism.

Fatigue or exhaustion is the most common symptom of thyroid disease. People with thyroid disease often report feeling exhausted despite sleeping for the suggested eight to 10 hours. People with thyroid disease often report feeling of fatigue or exhaustion regardless of how well they feel they slept the night before or regardless of how active they were throughout the day.

If you find yourself suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a certified medical professional. Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic in Rockford and Schaumburg, Illinois can not only properly diagnose – they will work with you to determining the most suitable way to treat your thyroid disease and will work with you every step of the way as you work towards your goal of living a healthier, more comfortable life.
Are You Like Kelly?

The Story

Kelly, a middle-aged businesswoman, found herself struggling to lose weight despite exercising regularly and adhering to a nutritious diet. Not only did she struggle to lose weight, Kelly found herself tiring quicker. A former cross-country runner, Kelly knew that she was no longer in the shape she was when she was able to run five miles without any problems; however, she was curious as to why she would tire so quickly. Kelly started to notice that she was regularly fatigued but attributed her fatigue due to the fact that she lacked motivation to continue exercising as she has not seen any favorable weight loss results. To add to Kelly’s curiosity about what was going with her body, she started to notice that she was often cold, even when others around her complained of being warm; when Kelly would shower, she noticed clumps of hair clogging the drain; and Kelly would often wake up with aching muscles regardless of how she slept.

The Issues

As mentioned in the story above, Kelly was facing numerous issues, including:

• Inability to lose weight;
• Fatigue;
• Depression
• Muscle aches;
• Hair loss; and
• Increased sensitivity to the cold.

The Solution

Kelly’s symptoms can be attributed to Hypothyroidism, though her symptoms can also be attributed to other illnesses. Kelly – or people struggling with issues similar to those that Kelly is struggling with – should contact an accredited medical professional that can conduct tests and properly diagnose Kelly. Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic are equipped with the necessary tools to not only properly identify a thyroid disorder, but to provide the appropriate means to assist patients in treating and controlling a thyroid disorder as well. If you suffer from symptoms similar to Kelly, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic.
Are You Like Mike?

The Story

Mike, a 40 year old college professor, found himself unable to sleep at night. Initially, Mike believed that his restless nights were due to the stress and anxiety of keeping up with his demanding schedule. But then Mike started to notice other problems. Mike would become anxious prior to his courses – something he never dealt with before. He was no longer able to complete a typical one-hour long course without noticing sweat stains beneath his underarms; he would feel his heart beat rapidly randomly; and he always felt hungry. When Mike would return home his body would ache and he was tired, yet he was still unable to have a good night sleep. Mike was uncertain of what was going on with his body; but what he was certain of was the fact that something was wrong.

The Symptoms

Mike found himself battling numerous issues that negatively affected his daily life, including:

• Insomnia;
• Anxiety;
• Constant sweating;
• Rapid heart rate;
• Increased appetite; and
• Muscle fatigue.

The Solution

Mike’s symptoms are common with those that inflict people that suffer from hyperthyroidism. Like the approximate 300,000 other people that are affected by hyperthyroidism each year, Mike suffers from numerous issues that could be a result of the thyroid gland overproducing T3 or T4. It is strongly recommended that Mike – or people battling similar issues as Mike – contact a team of medical professionals that can properly identify and diagnose thyroid disorder while also providing the necessary treatment. Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic are that team. With years of experience in the medical industry, Dr. Thakkar will be able to determine if you suffer from a thyroid disorder and what means are necessary to allow you to lead the life you wish you live.
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