Chicago Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism Specialists

Learn More About Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism Treatment in Chicago Illinois

Our Chicago Bioidentical Hormone Doctors have expertise in treating hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and many other thyroid conditions. The thyroid is a gland located below the Adam’s apple and above the neck. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, which releases hormones responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism, including heart rate and how fast the body burns calories. There are five types of thyroid disorders, which are hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, goiter and thyroid nodules. Diseases of the thyroid include thyroid cancer, thyroid adenoma, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease and Ord’s thyroiditis.

Hyperthyroidism

Contrary to hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, which is too much thyroid hormone production, is associated with muscle weakness, chest palpitations, trembling hands, anxiety, heat intolerance, insomnia, weight loss, shortness of breath, erectile dysfunction and premature or delayed ejaculation. Our bioidentical hormone doctors in Chicago have helped numerous men and women overcome the effects of a hyperactive thyroid gland, and their specialized programs have helped patients improve their overall quality of life.

Graves’ Disease

Graves’ Disease is a condition in which the thyroid produces more thyroid hormones than the body needs, and it is the leading cause of hyperthyroidism. This disorder is common in women and those over 60. Several symptoms of Grave’s disease can be improved with a bioidentical hormone therapy program, and men and women can reduce the many symptoms of Graves’ disease.

Additional symptoms of excessive thyroid hormone production include:

  • Nervousness or Irritability
  • Thyroid nodules (i.e., growths in or on the thyroid gland)
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue or muscle weakness
  • Heat intolerance
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hand tremors
  • Rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Goiter (i.e., enlarged or swollen thyroid gland)

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone to keep up with the needs of the body. Thyroid hormone is essential to healthy bodily functioning, and having low thyroid hormone production is known as hypothyroidism, which leads to symptoms such as hair loss, fatigue, dry skin, reduced heart rate, development of a goiter, low sex drive, constipation, weight gain due to a slower metabolism and cold intolerance.

Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease, and it is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s disease occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid until it can no longer produce hormones.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Thyroid nodules (i.e., growths in or on the thyroid gland)
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight gain
  • Goiter (i.e., swollen or enlarged thyroid gland)
  • Impaired memory
  • Irregular periods
  • Joint pain, stiffness or swelling
  • Slow heart rate
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Thinning hair
  • Muscle aches, pains or weakness
  • Elevated blood cholesterol levels

Goiter

Goiter is a non-cancerous swelling of the thyroid gland for any reason. It may be due to hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or normal thyroid functioning. Symptoms include swelling or tightness in the neck, difficulty breathing or swallowing, coughing or wheezing and hoarseness. The Bioidentical Hormone Doctors in Chicago can help men and women suffering from goiter to reduce symptoms and potentially prevent the further growth of goiter.

Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules are growths inside or outside of the thyroid usually caused by iodine deficiency or Hashimoto’s disease. Primary symptoms include breathing and swallowing difficulties, goiter and pain. If thyroid nodules are due to hyperthyroidism, symptoms can include high pulse rate, nervousness, increased appetite, weight loss and clammy-feeling skin. If due to hypothyroidism, symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin and intolerance to cold.

Treating Thyroid Disorders with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Thyroid disorders can be treated with Bioidentical Hormones and can be combined with nutritional therapy for even greater benefits. Hypothyroidism can be treated with T4 (levothyroxine) or T3 (liothyronine). T3 is the active thyroid molecule, meaning it exerts its effects on the body’s cells. The body also produces T4 and converts it to T3 in the blood vessels. The most commonly prescribed thyroid supplement is T4. For many, this is sufficient to treat their symptoms of low thyroid, but some need T3.

What are the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy on the Thyroid?

Hyperthyroidism is generally treated with beta blockers to counteract the effects of the thyroid hormones in the body. Radioactive iodine is then given to destroy the thyroid from the inside. Hormone supplementation in the form of T4 or T3 is prescribed for the remainder of the patient’s life. In severe cases, surgery is needed to remove the thyroid and T4 or T3 is given to the patient in place of the active thyroid.

The benefits of Bioidentical Hormones for hypothyroidism include:

  • Decreased Fatigue
  • Healthy Heart Functioning
  • Healthy Mental And Cognitive Functioning
  • Improved Weight Management
  • Healthy Cells
  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Improved Sleep Patterns
  • Relief From Symptoms Of Perimenopause And Menopause
  • Weight Management
  • Less Irritability
  • Pain Management

The bioidentical hormone programs in Chicago have helped numerous men and women improve their thyroid conditions. A Chicago Bioidentical Hormone Doctor can help guide patients to the right treatment plan in order to reduce the symptoms of thyroid disorders and improve their quality of life.

Find Chicago Thyroid Doctors and Thyroid Disorder Specialists Near You

Anti-Aging Medical Group

Anti-Aging Medical Group

477 E Butterfield Road, Suite 408
Lombard, Illinois 60148

Kenneth Raskin, M.D.

Kenneth Raskin, M.D.

1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 250
Schaumburg , Illinois 60173

Marsha E. Gorens, M.D.

Marsha E. Gorens, M.D.

300 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Michelle Schultz, M.D.

Michelle Schultz, M.D.

1804 North Naper Blvd., Suite 470
Naperville, Illinois 60563

Center for Holistic Medicine

Center for Holistic Medicine

240 Saunders Rd.
Riverwoods, Illinois 60015

Healthy Natural Aging

Healthy Natural Aging

6920 W. Ogden Ave.
Berwyn, Illinois 60402