It is estimated that 60% of people with hypothyroidism are unaware that they have this disease. More than 12% of the people in the United States will have this illness at some point during their lifetime. Presently upwards of 20 million people have hypothyroidism. Of this number, eight (8) out of ten, are likely to be women rather than men. Pregnant women with hypothyroidism are more prone to suffering a miscarriage or other pregnancy problems. It is not known for sure why people develop this illness; however, it is usually a lifelong thyroid disease, which must be managed.
What is hypothyroidism and what are its symptoms?
In the middle of the lower neck is where we find the thyroid gland. It is relatively small and produces a hormone that manages the metabolism; therefore, it affects every organ, tissue or cell in the body. When it starts to malfunction or not produce sufficient thyroid hormone, a person is said to have hypothyroidism. Graves disease, which is a genetic, autoimmune disease, is derived from hypothyroidism as well.
People with this illness have certain common symptoms. According to Medicinenet.com, they include fatigue, depression, modest weight gain, cold intolerance, excessive sleepiness, dry or coarse hair, constipation, dry skin, muscle cramps, increased cholesterol levels, decreased concentration, vague aches and pains and swelling of the legs.
What causes hypothyroidism?
The incidences of hypothyroidism are said to increase with age. Physicians theorize that the following are some causes of the illness: iodine deficiency, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroid destruction (this might result from radioactive iodine or surgery), medications, lymphocytic thyroiditis (this might result after hyperthyroidism), pituitary or hypothalamic disease.
How hypothyroidism is usually diagnosed and treated
Doctors usually perform a blood test to confirm the presence of hypothyroidism. It is possible to measure the levels of thyroid hormone in the blood and make a diagnosis. They also have to be mindful that low levels of this hormone could be caused by a malfunction in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland as well. Therefore, they can administer a TRH test to pinpoint exactly what is causing the defect in the body.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat hypothyroidism?
Many people would not assume that chiropractors have anything to do with treating hypothyroidism; however, that is not the case. Many doctors, like Dr. Holly, successfully treat patients who seek chiropractic care for hypothyroidism. Dr. Holly says that being a chiropractor involves more than just aligning the spine and back. This illness is an autoimmune disease and as such, Dr. Holly helps to treat the nervous system which has a direct relation to, and effect on, the immune system.
If you suffer from hypothyroidism and would like help, Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens, may just be the solution you’ve been looking for! You’ll never know unless you give chiropractic care a try, right? Give us a call at 980.422.2000 to schedule an appointment, or fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with the doc.
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