Chandler’s Thyroid Specialist, Dr. Paula Lima
An estimated 12% of the population in the United States will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their life. At Essence Medical Center, Paula Lima, NMD, offers comprehensive diagnostic testing and customized treatment plans for common thyroid conditions at the office in Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Lima specializes in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other treatments that focus on rebalancing your hormone levels. She can also recommend acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and other naturopathic treatments to help you feel your best. Call Essence Medical Center to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for thyroid conditions or book an appointment online today.
Do You Need to See a Thyroid Doctor or Endocrinologist in Chandler?
What are the Symptoms of a Thyroid Condition?
The thyroid, a gland that sits just above your collarbone, is a vitally important part of your endocrine system. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that control many of your body’s functions, including your metabolism, your heart rate, and your body temperature. When your thyroid isn’t functioning as it should, it can lead to a variety of symptoms that interfere with your life.
The symptoms you can experience vary, but here are a few:
- Weight loss
- Vision problems
- Muscle weakness
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Goiter (an abnormally enlarged thyroid gland)
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight gain
- Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures.
- Thinning and drying of the hari
- Significantly decreased libido
At Essence Medical Center, the goal of our thyroid doctor is to treat the underlying condition causing these symptoms, not simply prescribe medication that will act as a “Band-Aid.” Our holistic approach to wellness will aim to help your thyroid function optimally on its own.
Common Thyroid Conditions
Whether you have genuine hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or an underlying condition that causes symptoms similar to thyroid issues, we can help you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Please speak to us about the following:
Doctor For Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s in Chandler, AZ
Hypothyroidism describes an underactive thyroid, a condition where your thyroid doesn’t make enough hormone (specifically, T4) to maintain normal function. If your thyroid is functioning poorly, it may be due to a deficiency in zinc, iodine (rare in the developed world), selenium, or other nutrients. Stress-induced cortisol production can also hamper your thyroid’s ability to function properly, as do other lifestyle factors.
Interestingly enough, the thyroid is very often not the root cause of the symptoms shown above. In the case of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid, hurting its performance.This autoimmune response may be caused by a leaky gut, gluten intolerance, or other autoimmune condition. Many patients suffering from hypothyroidism improve when they remove gluten from their diet.
Kidney and liver disease, like Fatty Liver, also lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism. In fact, this is common. That’s because the body converts the thyroid hormone T4 into the usable T3 hormone in the kidney and liver. Some doctors will prescribe thyroid medication, only to realize after a year that the thyroid was functioning fine all along, but the liver was the problem.
We will get to the bottom of your root causes as quickly as possible, and pursue a holistic treatment plan that improves your health.
Doctor For Hyperthyroidism in Chandler
Hyperthyroidism is a condition that describes an overactive thyroid, which causes your gland to produce more hormones than your body needs. While far less common than hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism can be an issue. Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition that encourages overproduction of thyroid hormones due to autoimmune attacks on the thyroid. Postpartum women may also experience mood swings and other symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.
How We Diagnose and Treat Thyroid Conditions at Our Clinic
Because these symptoms can relate to many different underlying health issues, Dr. Lima offers on-site blood tests to evaluate how well your thyroid gland is functioning. You might also need an ultrasound or other imaging test of your thyroid gland. The goal of treating a thyroid condition is to rebalance your hormone levels and relieve your symptoms. We do far more than hand you pills that will make your thyroid work harder – we help you understand how your body works, and optimize your health to allow your thyroid to thrive.
Dr. Lima may recommend medications to curb your thyroid’s overproduction, and you might also need therapy using bioidentical hormones that supplements your body’s natural production of thyroid hormones.
But you may also benefit from naturopathic modalities like:
- Botanical medicine
- Acupuncture in Chandler
- Nutrition counseling
- Medical weight loss in Chandler
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
If you have symptoms of a thyroid condition, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Essence Medical Center or book a consultation online today. Our thyroid doctor in Chandler will evaluate your conditions, help with labs and diagnostics, and create a personalized plan for you.