Your thyroid gland is considered a master gland of the endocrine system. It is located at the front of the neck, below the larynx, with two lobes located on either side of the trachea. The functions of the thyroid gland include:

  • Metabolism
  • Growth and development
  • Heart function
  • Digestion
  • Brain development and function
  • Muscle function and maintenance
  • Maintenance of bone
  • Menstrual Cycles and Fertility for Women

Since there are many steps in the production and function of thyroid hormones there are many areas where dysfunction can occur. Thyroid conditions can also be genetic, so it is important to inform your healthcare provider of your family medical history. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can be:

  • Weight gain, or inability to lose weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise
  • Low body temperature
  • Abnormal fatigue or exhaustion
  • Slow pulse or low blood pressure
  • Hair changes (more loss, rough, coarse, dry, and brittle)
  • Skin changes (rough, coarse, dry, scaly, and itchy)
  • Brittle nails, or lines in nails
  • Thinning outer portion of eyebrows
  • Voice changes
  • Increased body aches and stiffness
  • Carpal tunnel, tendonitis, or plantar fasciitis
  • Constipation
  • Depression or mood changes
  • Brain fog or difficulty concentrating
  • The feeling of phlegm in the throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained puffiness and swelling
  • Menstrual Changes in Women

For years it was believed that TSH only was the gold standard for thyroid testing. There is now more emerging evidence that TSH as the only thyroid testing may not be as accurate as a full panel of thyroid function testing. The current “normal” range of TSH testing that was considered for the population as a whole may not be optimal for you. TSH only demonstrates how much thyroid hormone the body is trying to produce, not how much is actually being produced at the cellular level.

Our providers offer a full panel of hormone testing while taking into consideration your symptoms to guide thyroid treatment to find an optimal level for you. Contact Infinity Functional Healthcare today.


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