Functional Medicine* and Integrative Wellness requires Doctors to engage in further education outside of their core training and within their scope of practice.

The thyroid controls many crucial actions throughout the body. The body communicates through intracellular pathways to help regulate and control homeostasis. These actions include heart rate, metabolism, and more. Thyroid symptoms are often treated with medication, but at Southwest Functional Medicine we create a plan centered around functional wellness. We use diagnostic testing to evaluate what is occurring inside the body and where these symptoms are originating from. Common symptoms include fatigue, inability to lose weight, depression, anxiety, joint and muscle pain, headaches, and more.

It is projected that one in seven adult Americans and 27 percent of women in the United States have low thyroid functions and signs of chronic thyroid disease.

The thyroid’s function is to help regulate metabolism and hormones, in addition to muscle control, temperature, bone maintenance, development, brain growth, digestive, energy, hunger, and heart function and much more. This means that when something is going within the body, the thyroid gland will show signs of function as it will become fatigued with trying to regulate a failing system. This is why is thyroid conditions are so common.

The thyroid gland is a small ”H” shaped organ that sits in the bottom of your neck. Although this gland is no bigger than a walnut, it’s a tremendous impact on your body. If your thyroid gland isn’t working correctly producing thyroid hormone, you can experience painful symptoms.

Factors that can contribute to Thyroid Disease:

  • Stress
  • Environmental toxins
  • Inflammation and Infections
  • Mineral Deficiencies
  • Gut microbes
  • Chronic Medication Use

Thyroid hormone receptors are found throughout the body. This means that the consequences of thyroid imbalance can be felt almost anywhere. Here are important signs of low thyroid function:

  • Fatigue
  • Cold Intolerance
  • Diffuse migraines
  • Joint/muscle pain, Morning stiffness
  • Dry skin, brittle nails
  • Diffuse hair loss
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Low libido
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Puffy face eyelids
  • Swelling

The team at Southwest Functional Medicine uses blood panels that are expanded and thorough to look for evidence of thyroid imbalance that could be missed. By zeroing in to discover which factors have contributed to thyroid conditions we begin our evaluation. With this knowledge, we customize a treatment strategy with the aim of restoring your thyroid function in order to preserve your body health — placing you back to complete wellness.

If you are having any of these disruptive and sometimes debilitating thyroid symptoms, please contact Southwest Functional Medicine to set up a consultation at 915-412-6677 or email us at

*Additional Education: M.S.A.C.P – Licensed in Texas & New Mexico. Scope of Practice Governed and Determined by State License & State Board Rules & Regulations.

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