The thyroid’s primary job is to create thyroid hormones from iodine that you receive in your body. When your thyroid produces too much or too little hormone, the effects can be devastating. Treat your thyroid dysfunction with Dr. Figg in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Thyroid Imbalances and Concerns

The endocrine system is a complex web of hormones and the glands that produce them. An essential part of that system is the thyroid, a butterfly shaped gland at the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s primary job is to create thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the bloodstream where they travel to every part of the body.

Thyroid hormones help your body use energy effectively to keep you body warm and ensure proper function of your muscles, brain, heart and other organs.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is one treatment option for thyroid disorders and BHRT doctors like Dr. Figg, who are trained in identifying and treating problems in the endocrine system, can help treat your thyroid dysfunction. BHRT can be used to supply your body with additional estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. As part of the endocrine system, your thyroid may be affected by any number of other hormone-related conditions.

Hyperthyroid

When your thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone, this is call hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is often caused by an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ Disease, which causes the body to produce antibodies that stimulate the thyroid and cause it to work overtime.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Menstrual cycle fluctuations
  • Mood swings
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Weight loss
  • Tremors

Hypothyroid

When your thyroid does not produce enough hormones, this is called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is often precipitated by an autoimmune disorder such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It can also be caused by iodine deficiency, radiation therapy and pituitary gland damage.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Low libido
  • Dry skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Menstrual cycle fluctuations
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Swollen thyroid gland
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty losing weight
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