What Does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid is a small but important gland that lies in the front of the neck, just below the throat. The thyroid produces hormones that impact the function of nearly every part of the body. Known as the “metabolism gland”, thyroid hormone influences the pace of the body’s processes, including digestion, heart rate and body temperature regulation. Thyroid hormones also influence cholesterol levels, mood, and even a woman’s menstrual cycles.
What Are The Symptoms of a Thyroid Imbalance?
Thyroid imbalance can present in two different ways: underactive or overactive. In underactive thyroid imbalance (otherwise known as hypothyroidism), symptoms may include fatigue, cold intolerance (you’re cold when everyone else around you is warm or comfortable), constipation, heart palpitations (often a slow heart rate or skipped heart beats), unexplained weight gain, thinning eyebrows (especially the outside edges), dry skin or hair loss. Hypothyroidism can also cause irregular or absent menstrual cycles, depression and contribute to low sex drive. In overactive thyroid imbalance (otherwise known as hyperthyroidism), the exact opposite symptoms are commonly seen, including difficulty sleeping, anxiety, palpitations (often a fast heart rate or skipped heart beats), diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, sweaty skin and thinning hair. Generally, hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism, and both are more common in women than men.
What Are The Causes of Thyroid Imbalance?
The most common cause of both hypo- and hyperthyroidism is autoimmune disease. In hypothyroidism, the body’s immune system does not recognize your thyroid as “self” and begins to attack it, causing it to function improperly. Autoimmune hypothyroidism is also called Hashimoto’s Disease. In autoimmune hyperthyroidism (also known as Grave’s Disease), the body produces immune chemicals that cause the thyroid to overproduce thyroid hormone. Besides autoimmune causes, a whole host of other causes–from nutritional to environmental toxins to stress–can contribute to thyroid imbalance.
How is a Thyroid Problem Diagnosed?
A simple blood test can reveal thyroid imbalances. WellnessScripts’ wide array of testing options can help uncover additional information to explain why the thyroid imbalance is occurring, including nutritional markers, stress hormone levels and the presence of environmental toxins. As with all WellnessScript tests, your thyroid laboratory evaluation can be completed in the comfort of your home.
If I Have A Thyroid Problem, How is it Treated?
Depending on whether your thyroid imbalance is hypoactive or hyperactive, autoimmune or not, we can customize your treatment approach to meet your unique needs. Your WellnessScript clinician can help you decide the approach that makes sense to you, and our pharmacists can provide all forms of thyroid medication, including Amour, NP-Thyroid, West-Throid or Nature-Throid as well as custom (compounded) options. Personalized thyroid support supplements, all packaged in convenient daily packets and delivered to your home along with your medications.
At WellnessScript, we believe every person is unique. We don’t practice “cookie cutter medicine”, striving instead to understand your specific needs and personalizing every step of your experience.
We bring together top holistic experts and make them easily available to help solve your health issues. Our clinicians have advanced training and years of experience in uncovering the root cause, unpacking and treating problems that traditional medicine fails to address.
We believe you shouldn’t go out of your way to address your concerns so everything we do–video appointments, lab testing, supplements and compounded medications–is easily available to you, right at home.
We believe that you shouldn’t feel alone when you’re dealing with a health problem. We’ll help you navigate the process, providing support, reminders, encouragement, and relevant information along the way.
What is WellnessScript?
At WellnessScript, we believe you deserve personalized, convenient and affordable care. We take the time to get to know you--your needs, preferences and lifestyle--and then partner with you to help you relieve symptoms and optimize health. WellnessScript is a comprehensive service that offers everything under one roof: yours.
- Personalized medicine consults: bring us your most troubling symptoms and your health goals and we’ll help get you there. Our experienced clinicians are compassionate, smart and have gone the extra mile to get trained in integrative, functional, anti-aging or naturopathic medicine.
- In-home pharmacy: Didn’t think you could have a pharmacy in your home? Think again. We deliver everything you need--from pharmaceuticals to supplements to compounded medications--to your doorstep. If traditional pharmacies annoy you as much as they annoy us, you’re going to love never having to set foot in one again.
- In-home lab testing: Labs can be done at home too? Yes. Nearly all lab testing we order can be conveniently and comfortably completed in your home or office.
- Obsessively dedicated support: responsive, compassionate clinicians and support staff are at your service.
Why hasn’t my doctor mentioned this kind of option for me?
Many people (including many healthcare providers) are unaware of the role different hormones and nutrients play in human health, or how seriously an imbalance can impact long-term health. Interestingly, optimal health is never discussed in medical and pharmacy school training! This leaves most clinicians woefully unprepared to help patients achieve personalized, optimal health and well-being.
If you’ve ever tried to discuss your fatigue, or your mood changes or your difficulty sleeping with your doctor and walked out with a stack of prescriptions you are not alone. There is simply not enough time in a traditional medical visit to be meaningfully helpful. We find this approach as frustrating as you do--so we set out to fix it. At WellnessScript, you will never experience “drive-through medicine”. Ever.
Aren’t hormonal changes normal?
They sure are. However, at a certain point in life (for some in their early 30's) hormonal changes can create symptoms that impact your quality of life. Many people think that they have to tolerate these symptoms--weight gain, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, low sex drive--as a fact of getting older. We don’t buy that.
In fact, research suggests that in order to maintain good physical and mental health, we should not accept it! Maintaining optimal balance and levels of hormones promotes and improves quality of life and prevents (and even reverses) many of the degenerative illnesses commonly associated with aging.
Do you prescribe bioidentical hormones?
Yes. Our certified compounding pharmacy produces high-quality bioidentical hormones, fully customized for you and shipped to your home.
Do you offer non-traditional medications for thyroid treatment?
We offer a complete functional medicine approach to thyroid treatment, including in-depth testing, prescribing of all thyroid medications (including Armour, NP-Thyroid, West-Throid and Nature-Throid as well as compounded thyroid medications). Our supplement packets can include specific nutrients for thyroid support and are customized for you based on actual blood levels (no guessing!).
What kind of lab testing do you offer?
We partner with labs that offer the highest clinical quality and have a long history of delivering results that can be trusted. Some examples of our lab partners include:
- Genova Diagnostics
- ZRT Laboratories
- Pathway Genomics
What types of supplements do you provide?
At WellnessScript, we only use physician-grade supplements in our daily packs. We partner with companies such as Orthomolecular, Metagenics, Pure Encapsulations, Integrative Therapeutics and Nordic Naturals because of their exceptional purity and quality standards. We only provide supplements we would take ourselves (and we’re picky!)