The thyroid is located in the cervical region and produces thyroid hormones that control metabolism and heart rate. Thyroid diseases affect the female gender more than males. The condition can present as either too little or too much production of thyroid hormones. Hyperthyroidism is a medical situation whereby the hormonal levels are high. Whereas, hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid hormone is less than the standard levels expected in circulation.
Furthermore, thyroid levels affect women in menopause or after pregnancy. Women experiencing hypothyroidism take synthetic thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. Patients with hyperthyroidism can take beta-blockers or undergo surgery or radio-iodine therapy. You can monitor your progression of thyroid disease treatment via assessing the symptoms of dysfunction of the gland.
Studies on thyroid hormone function indicate that hypothyroidism leads to chronic fatigue in patients. The thyroid hormone participates in the modulation of metabolism hence affecting your body’s ability to store and utilize energy. If you take levothyroxine as prescribed by your physicians, regular fatigue reduces. Effective therapy will allow you to function optimally throughout the day with energy and vigor.
Diminished fatigue and restoration of regular sleep patterns.
Diminished fatigue is an indicator of effective treatment. Additionally, if you are on an effective remedy, sleep disturbances will reduce. You will be able to get enough sleep without feeling tired. Sleep disturbances arise from an overstimulated nervous system that makes it harder for you to sleep. Therefore, an effective therapy will be indicated by the ease to fall asleep, reduced night sweats, leg tremors, and restlessness.
Thyroid function is a known culprit of inducing depressive-like symptoms such as anxiety, brain fog, and irritability. Studies indicate that slight changes in thyroid hormone production cause depression. An example of such changes is elevated thyroxine levels (T4), low triiodothyronine (T3), and elevated thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) in the cerebrospinal fluid. If you are taking levothyroxine, then the symptoms should reduce depression.
Additionally, your thyroid levels dictate your level of nervousness. Thyroid dysfunction disrupts metabolism rates, increasing them hence making you quickly irritated. Anxiousness is a sign of hyperthyroidism, and the effectiveness of therapy decreases jitteriness or nervousness.
Regular menstrual cycles.
Thyroid hormones control menstrual cycles in women since the hormone mediates the levels of prolactin and TRH. Decreased levels of TRH increases the prolactin hormone, thus lowering its levels in the system hence causing irregular menstrual periods. Normal ranges of the thickness, duration, and occurrence of periods is an indicator of an effective thyroid dysfunction therapy.
Low thyroid hormone levels predispose women to infertility since thyroid hormone has a direct effect on progesterone and estrogen hormone levels. Low thyroid hormone results in estrogen dominance, causing breast tenderness, weight gain, heavy and irregular menstrual flow. An effective treatment intervention would reduce the symptoms mentioned if you experienced any of these symptoms before taking a thyroid therapy treatment.
Normalization of weight.
Although many conditions can result in weight gain, thyroid hormone levels play a critical role in the process. Weight gain due to abnormal thyroid gland function stems from your metabolism rate. T3 mediates the rate of calorie burning, and a drop in the hormone levels results in less burning and more storage of calories. Therefore, an effective treatment will increase your T3 hormone levels, increasing calories burning, and thus a reduction in weight.
Furthermore, hypothyroidism complicates the condition by reducing thyroid hormone production further. Successful treatment should increase thyroid levels and improve your health. With an effective thyroid therapy, you should be quickly losing weight.
Conversely, hyperthyroidism causes severe weight loss in patients. If you have hyperthyroidism, getting a physician-prescribed medication will improve your appetite. An increase in appetite will lead to an increase in weight or reduction in weight loss, thus an indicator of successful hyperthyroid therapy.
Skin and skin structures improvement.
Thyroid hormone controls and regulates hair, nails, and skin structures. Normal levels of thyroid hormone result in moist skin, healthy hair, and nails. Additionally, changes in thyroid hormone concentration results in over thinning and damage of hair, dermatitis, and nail breakages. If you are on effective treatment, your hair will become thicker, skin smoother, and nails healthy.
Reduction of sensitivity.
Hyperthyroidism results in high metabolism, consequently causing an increase in your body temperature. Your doctor may prescribe drugs such as beta-blockers or radiotherapy as treatment plans. Alleviation of sensitivity to hot things or heat is an indicator of successful treatment.
Conversely, hypothyroid patients experience a slower metabolism, which decreases the total body temperature. If you are hypothyroid on levothyroxine treatment, you will develop tolerance to cold. Therefore, you will not feel cold quickly.
If you, your family member or friend is experiencing problems with thyroid hormones. We are always available to assist you in solving challenges concerning your thyroid. Ready to get started, call us today at (205) 352-9141.