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Are you looking for the best thyroid doctor, specialist or metabolic endocrinologist in Chicago? Look no further! With hypothyroidism on the rise, we developed a unique diagnostic and treatment approach that is highly effective.

What Is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is the thyroid issue, associated with low production of thyroid hormones, low uptake of thyroid hormones by cells, or poor conversion of T4 into T3 (activation of the thyroid hormone) due to certain micronutrient deficiencies, stress, infection, other hormonal imbalances, etc. In general, this will result in chronic fatigue and lowered energy, but hypothyroidism has many other symptoms which can be easily detected with the help of a thyroid specialist in Chicago.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Hair loss
  • Brain fog, short term memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Constipation
  • Poor circulation
  • Cold intolerance, cold hands, and feet
  • Puffy face and swollen eyelids particularly bags under the eyes despite getting enough sleep
  • Swelling of the feet, legs, and hands
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression, anxiety, low motivation
  • Insomnia
  • Low body temperature
  • Low blood pressure
  • Irregular periods
  • Eczema, dry skin, and brittle nails

Here is a more complete list of possible causes of Hypothyroidism that can be detected by the best thyroid doctor in Chicago:

Inadequate Free T4 production in the thyroid gland

An inadequate amount of free T4 can be due to auto-immune issues like Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease, viral infections, toxins, deficiencies of zinc, copper, Vitamins: A, B2, B3, B6, B12, C.

Inadequate Free T3 or Too Much Reverse T3
This can be due to adrenal fatigue or exhaustion, aging, low-calorie consumption, diabetes, toxic metal exposure, prolonged illness, and stress. Too much Reverse T3 often happens as a result of yo-yo dieting or chronic inflammation

Lack of T4 to T3 Conversion
Many medications can affect this, including beta blockers, birth control pills and oral estrogen. As well, it can be affected by nutrient deficiencies, such as deficiencies in iodine, iron, zinc, selenium and Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12. T4 to T3 conversion can also be affected by dieting habits, diabetes, fluoride, aging, radiation, and stress.

Treating Hypothyroidism with Functional Medicine:
To begin treating hypothyroidism, Dr. Pavilonis who is one of the best endocrinologists in Chicago will first want to look for and eliminate whatever is causing the issue before going on to replacing and restoring balance to your thyroid levels.

The steps that we take:
* Performing advanced and thorough diagnostic exams to detect and correct macro and micronutrient deficiencies.
* Tackling stress through different techniques
* Customizing your diet plan based on your deficiencies, GI health, food sensitivities, etc.
* Starting or adjusting your exercise routine.
* Gentle natural chelation therapy to remove heavy metals.
* Eliminate offending medications.
* Liver Detoxification.

Without thorough assessments and all of the above adjustments, it is really difficult to achieve optimal thyroid balance. This is why our patients are extremely satisfied with the results, and consider Dr. Dina Pavilonis to be the best thyroid specialist in Chicago.