Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder, and nearly one-third of patients with conventionally-treated hypothyroidism still exhibit symptoms. If you are struggling with thyroid dysfunction, working with the right doctor who understands the complexity of thyroid disorders is crucial.
At the Wellness and Aesthetics Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, we offer the most up-to-date testing treatment for hypothyroidism so you reach a state of complete healing – free from hypothyroidism symptoms.
It’s important to address thyroid dysfunction - not only because of its debilitating symptoms, but because untreated or under-treated hypothyroidism can lead to nerve damage, an enlarged thyroid gland that can interfere with swallowing or breathing, advanced cardiovascular disease and increased mortality.
Thyroid hormones must exist in a precise balance – too much or too little of a certain thyroid hormone can disrupt that balance and lead to health problems.
Hypothyroidism is the condition that results from either:
Worldwide, iodine deficiency is the most common cause of all thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism. If iodine intake is sufficient, the leading cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune thyroid disease called Hashimoto’s disease (chronic autoimmune thyroiditis), in which the person’s immune system produces cells and antibodies that attack the thyroid gland.
Other possible causes of hypothyroidism include:
Hypothyroidism can occur at any age in either gender, but it is most common in women who are post-menopausal.
Thyroid hormones play an integral role in a myriad of bodily processes, so a wide range of symptoms could signal hypothyroidism:
Conventional medicine often doesn’t provide the correct testing or test often enough to detect fluctuating levels of thyroid hormones.
At The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center we understand that the right thyroid hormone level testing is critical. If you are experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism, our goal is to uncover the source of your symptoms, so that we can effectively diagnose and treat your condition.
The underlying cause of the thyroid dysfunction must be addressed and repaired – whether that involves treating adrenal fatigue, autoimmune disease, yeast overgrowth or leaky gut.
Hypothyroidism has been treated for over a hundred years with desiccated (dried) thyroid extract (Armour thyroid). This is a combination of T3 and T4 - the same hormones the thyroid produces.
Primary treatment tools that cannot be overlooked include:
At The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center, we recognize that each individual requires a healing regimen customized specifically in line with the overall health profile and specific symptoms. We recommend that you compile a list of symptoms prior to your first consultation.
Dr. Vernon F. Williams is an expert in the field of functional medicine. Learn more about his training and expertise in treating Hypothyroidism and other complex medical conditions.
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located below the Adam's apple in the lower part of the neck that wraps around the windpipe. It produces thyroid-specific hormones which help the body use energy, stay warm and keep your brain, heart, muscles, and other organs in good working order.
In Hypothyroidism, the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone, whereas too much thyroid hormone is produced in Hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid disorders produce very consistent, predictable health issues and symptoms. A medical history, combined with a list of your symptoms and thorough testing, is used to develop an accurate diagnosis.
In some cases, when Hypothyroidism is caused by an underlying condition that is detected and resolved, proper thyroid function is restored. In other cases, ongoing hormone supplementation may be required to resolve your symptoms. In either case, our goal is to determine the cause of your Hypothyroidism develop a customized treatment plan, and ensure that you can live symptom-free.
The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center
540 Oak Centre Dr, Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 985-1700