Brentwood Concierge Medicine -  - Integrative Medicine Doctor

Shera Raisen, MD

Integrative Medicine Doctor & Family Practice Physician located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Thyroid Hormone Balancing Specialist

When individuals are experiencing mood fluctuations and problems with energy, their thyroid could be compromised. At Brentwood Concierge Medicine, Dr. Raisen offers thyroid hormone balancing which can help patients get back to an optimal state of health. Residents of Los Angeles can visit Brentwood Concierge Medicine today for a comprehensive thyroid evaluation.

Thyroid Hormone Balancing Q&A

by Shera Raisen, MD

Where is the thyroid and what does it do?

The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck. The thyroid wraps around the windpipe and is located behind and just below the larynx. The thyroid produces several hormones which can affect mood, weight, nutrient intake, and many other aspects of a person’s health. Two thyroid hormones are critical, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones assist with oxygen delivery and control metabolism. Thyroid hormones can also affect menstrual cycles and fertility in women.


Thyroid imbalance can result in fatigueWhat happens when the hormones are imbalanced?

When the thyroid hormones are not balanced, many symptoms can occur. Assessment and treatment will depend on whether the thyroid is overproducing or underproducing hormones. Dr. Raisen will use a form to determine what is happening. Patients will rate statements from never to always and will include:

  • “I’m sensitive to cold.”
  • “My hands and feet are always cold.”
  • “I put on weight quickly.”
  • “I have dry skin.”
  • “I have trouble getting up in the morning.”
  • “I feel more tired at rest than when I am active.”

 

How does Dr. Raisen test for thyroid hormone imbalance?

Dr. Raisen will employ a test which will examine the thyroid antibodies present to determine how the organ is functioning. These are blood tests which can assess the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T4, T3, and free T4, which doesn’t respond to proteins like T3 and T4 can. On the day of the blood test, it is important not to take any thyroid medication used until after the test has been completed.

 

What will treatment involve?

Dr. Raisen understands the importance of exercise and nutrition. A program will be created which will work to reduce dehydration, processed foods, and the amount of grains consumed which can tax the thyroid and adrenal glands by causing the body to produce too much insulin. Supplements will also be provided to increase the amount of fatty acids such as omega 3. Employing an emotional health regimen will also be recommended. When the adrenal glands are overworked due to emotional stress, the thyroid tries to compensate. It can not do that forever. Another unique aspect of treatment that Dr. Raisen employs is the use of desiccated thyroid extract. Desiccated thyroid extract contains levels of T4 and T3 in addition to small amounts of T1 and T2, which can also be beneficial.

Location
Brentwood Concierge Medicine
11704 Wilshire Boulevard , Suite 200
Brentwood

Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-458-9200
Fax: 310-579-2223
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Shera Raisen, MD
11704 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90025