Greetings from Dr. T.:
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), helps to regulate body temperature, body energy, use of other hormones, and growth and development of body tissues. The gland can produce too much or too little hormone, an issue that is more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of thyroid 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, mental slowness, depression
Slow heart rate
Increased sensitivity to cold
Tingling or numbness in hands
Constipation, heavy menstrual periods
Dry, thinning hair; loss of outer eyebrows
Swelling around the eyes
Decreased circulation to the skin resulting in dry, coarse skin on extremities
Redness over front of necklines in front of neck prominent
Have you been tested by your physician, told your thyroid is fine, yet continue to have any of these issues? Give us a call and make an appointment. We have non-invasive testing methods and whole food supplements that can help get you back to normal!
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition.