Virginia Integrative Practice

Regenerative Medicine & Integrative Medicine located in Charlottesville, VA & Falls Church, VA

Your thyroid is a small but powerful gland that produces hormones that regulate body functions ranging from your metabolism to your sex drive. At Virginia Integrative Practice in Charlottesville and Falls Church, Virginia, Ina Grundmann, MD, and her team assess your thyroid function to diagnose hypothyroidism and offer natural therapies and hormone replacement therapy to restore your health. Call Virginia Integrative Practice or make an appointment online today.

Hypothyroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid is underactive and doesn't produce enough thyroxine (T4) or triiodothyronine (T3). Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is a common cause of an underactive thyroid.

Thyroiditis, or an inflamed thyroid, can also cause reduced hormone production. You might also develop a hypoactive thyroid if your pituitary gland doesn't produce enough thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).

Hypothyroidism is underdiagnosed. The range for thyroid hormone levels is relatively broad, and many patients on the low side of normal would benefit from an integrative approach to thyroid health. However, they go undiagnosed and untreated because their bloodwork is technically normal.

What are the signs of hypothyroidism?

Your thyroid controls a wide range of functions. As a result, it causes a variety of disruptive symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Depression
  • Thin and brittle hair and nails
  • Heavy, painful periods
  • High cholesterol levels

A variety of other health issues can cause similar symptoms, or they're often passed off as signs of aging. The team at Virginia Integrative Practice doesn't accept this approach. They understand the critical function of your hormones and work with you to identify and treat hormonal problems, including hypothyroidism.

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

Virginia Integrative Practice offers comprehensive testing to identify the condition causing your symptoms. Blood tests provide information about your hormone levels and pituitary function. They also check for other conditions that can cause similar health issues. 

How is hypothyroidism treated?

Virginia Integrative Practice provides a customized approach to improving your thyroid function and restoring your hormonal balance. In addition to medications like Armour® Thyroid, Nature-Throid®, and conventional thyroid hormone therapy, the team offers natural therapies to enhance your immune system function and support a healthy endocrine system.

Your provider at Virginia Integrative Practice might also recommend dietary changes and nutritional supplements to support thyroid function and your overall health. They can recommend vitamins, herbs, probiotics, and other supplements to enhance your health.

If you're concerned about your thyroid function, call Virginia Integrative Practice or make an appointment online today for thorough testing and personalized treatment. Serving Charlottsville, Falls Church, and Fairfax, VA.