Found in the front of your neck, your thyroid gland is a small gland that regulates many functions in your body! Your thyroid gland isn’t just part of your physical health, but affects your mental health, as well.
It’s important to find out if your thyroid gland isn’t functioning properly so that you can resolve any health and wellness issues that have resulted. When you don’t realize that your thyroid is the source of a health problem, it can make effective treatment a challenge.
At Zephyr Health of Arvada, Colorado, Certified North American Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), Dr. Janna Gelderman-Moffett can help you identify the role of your thyroid gland in any health and wellness problems you may be experiencing. Here are some of the common warning signs of thyroid problems that Dr. Gelderman-Moffett often sees in her patients.
Your thyroid governs many of your body’s physical functions, including your menstrual cycle, your metabolism and digestion, and even your basic sense of temperature.
If you’re dealing with a thyroid problem or thyroid imbalance, you might notice that your weight fluctuates in ways that don’t seem connected with your diet. You might also notice that you always seem sweaty – or, conversely, that your skin and hair feel overly dry.
Your sleep cycle may also be adversely affected by thyroid issues. You could suffer from insomnia, or feel like you’re getting plenty of sleep but are still regularly fatigued.
Thyroid imbalances can even result in changes to the sound and pitch of your voice!
Your thyroid also governs your moods, and thyroid imbalances or other issues can also result in hard-to-manage emotional symptoms. You could find yourself experiencing debilitating mood swings, or become depressed and hopeless. Unusual or baseless anxiety and irritability can also be signs of a thyroid imbalance.
If you’re suffering from emotional or mental health symptoms related to a thyroid issue, it may be necessary to address the underlying problem for full recovery in addition to mental health support like therapy or counseling.
You could be dealing with hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid is underactive and doesn’t produce sufficient hormones. This issue is common among women, and is more likely to affect you as you get older.
You could also have a condition known as hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland that’s a potential cause of symptoms like weight loss, sweating, and anxiety.
Whether you have a thyroid disorder, imbalance, or other thyroid issue, Dr. Gelderman-Moffett and the Zephyr Health team are here to help. Dr. Gelderman-Moffett can diagnose your thyroid issues based on your symptoms, medical history, a physical examination, and blood and hormone level tests as needed.
If you notice troubling symptoms that could indicate a thyroid disorder or imbalance, get in touch with Dr. Gelderman-Moffett at Zephyr Health over the phone or online today, and find out how thyroid treatment could improve your physical and mental health and wellness.