Your hormones play a large role in your overall health. When certain hormones and other chemicals are out of balance, you will feel the effects. We can hep you tackle your health issues with thyroid testing. If you experience unpleasant symptoms with no obvious cause, come to Medical Transformation Center for thyroid testing.
We take a functional whole-person approach to treating thyroid disease and helping you feel better. With our education and holistic treatments, you can get back to living your best life.
Why Your Thyroid Is Important
Your thyroid makes important hormones that control your metabolism and other bodily processes. Thyroid hormones can affect your heart rate, growth and development, and menstrual cycle. Some aspects of brain function even rely on the thyroid.
If you have issues with your thyroid, you may experience unpleasant symptoms like major weight gain or loss, feeling too hot or cold, and heart rate problems. When your body’s main controls are out of balance, you can’t function at optimal levels. Uncontrolled thyroid disease can lead to chronic health issues or even premature death.
It is important to know what your thyroid hormone levels are so you can address these medical problems. That’s where thyroid testing comes in.
Detailed Thyroid Testing
At our center, we perform in-depth thyroid tests and take the time to thoroughly evaluate the information that they reveal. Our testing covers three important thyroid hormones: T3, T4, and TSH.
T3 is an important thyroid hormone that controls your heart rate, body temperature, and metabolism. T3 stands for triiodothyronine and is important to evaluate on full thyroid test panels. If your T3 levels are too low, this could indicate hypothyroidism. If they are too high, you may suffer from hyperthyroidism.
T4, also known as thyroxine, is a thyroid hormone that can affect your mood, weight, menstrual cycle, and growth and development. T4 binds to proteins in your bloodstream, so you may have less available for use by your body.
Most tests evaluate the amount of T4 in your body that’s free for use. Just like T3, high T4 levels can be a sign of hyperthyroidism while low levels can indicate that you have hypothyroidism.
Thyroid-stimulating hormone is released when your thyroid is not producing enough T3 and T4 on its own. Your pituitary gland, which is responsible for controlling hormones and development, releases TSH.
High levels of TSH indicate that your thyroid is not producing enough vital hormones for your health (hypothyroidism). The opposite is also true; low levels of TSH can mean that your thyroid is making too many hormones (hyperthyroidism).
So what does it mean when you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism? There are treatment options available for both thyroid diseases.
Let’s dive deeper into these thyroid diseases so you can learn more before coming in for testing. Once you have the knowledge you need about thyroid health, you can make informed decisions about your treatment.
Low levels of T3 and T4 indicate hypothyroidism, a thyroid disease that occurs when your thyroid does not produce enough hormones. If you have hypothyroidism, your cells and tissues have a hard time processing and metabolizing food and other fuel. This can lead to extreme symptoms that impact your quality of life.
Some telltale symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Rapid weight gain
- Weak hair and nails
- Menstrual problems (like heavy flow)
- Feeling cold regardless of room temperature
- Brain fog
- Muscle weakness
These symptoms can make it difficult to feel comfortable and maintain social relationships. With proper treatment, your symptoms will improve. Many patients who get treated for hypothyroidism experience healthy weight loss and other quality of life improvements.
When your thyroid is overactive and makes too many hormones, you end up with hyperthyroidism. This thyroid disease can be caused by other medical conditions, specifically autoimmune diseases. Some of the symptoms are similar to hypothyroidism, which is why thyroid tests are so important.
Hyperthyroidism can produce symptoms such as:
- Inability to gain weight
- Rapid weight loss
- Excessive sweating
- Abnormally light, short menstrual periods
- Tremors and shakes
- Puffy eyes
- Feeling hot regardless of room temperature
These symptoms can make you feel out of control of your own body. Hyperthyroidism treatment involves decreasing your thyroid’s hormone production to control your symptoms. This can be achieved through several different types of treatments, and we will discuss the pros and cons of each with you.
Why Detailed Testing Is Necessary
Our detailed thyroid tests can make a big difference in a patient’s life. We need to analyze your thyroid hormone levels completely so that we can understand the full picture of your health. When medical practices only test for certain thyroid hormones, they can easily misinterpret them.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism may seem similar — and to an extent, they are. To figure out the exact root cause of your symptoms, you need a more in-depth thyroid test.
Our tests are easy to complete. All we do is draw your blood and then wait for the results to come in. You do not have to fast or do any special preparations before your tests with us.
Get Full-Spectrum Thyroid Testing for Your Health
At Medical Transformation Center, we believe in extraordinary patient care. We take the time to get to know you, your medical history, and your symptoms. We evaluate the results of your thyroid tests in great detail so that we can help you start to feel better sooner.
Contact us today to book your detailed thyroid testing appointment.