Thyroid Specialist

Salem Wellness Clinic

Naturopathic Doctors & Primary Care Practices located in Salem, OR

Thyroid disorders can destroy your quality of life. However, at Salem Wellness Clinic in Salem, Oregon, we help our patients find solutions for a variety of thyroid problems. Dr. Laika Rodriguez provides treatments that help the body heal itself naturally. As a Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Kelly will help educate you on how your thyroid works, how your medications work and interact with your diet and other medications, and how to take your medications to get the most effective treatment. Dr. Rodriguez and Rebecca Kelly will work together to help you get the most effective treatment if your thyroid is malfunctioning. Many thyroid disorders can be resolved through nutritional counseling, dietary supplements, or other noninvasive options. To learn more about how Salem Wellness Clinic providers can address your thyroid issues, call today or book an appointment online.

Thyroid Q & A

Salem Wellness Clinic

How does the thyroid function?

The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system. It releases a variety of hormones which help control your metabolism. Hormones released by your thyroid can affect your heart rate, menstrual cycles, body weight, and more.

Sometimes, your thyroid doesn't produce the correct amount of thyroid hormones. If your thyroid hormones become unbalanced, it may lead to physical or mental health problems. Thyroid disorders can cause many debilitating symptoms.

What are some symptoms of thyroid conditions?

Thyroid conditions can be challenging to diagnose, as hormonal imbalances often trigger vague symptoms, like fatigue or weight gain. Many people with thyroid disorders don't realize their health issues are caused by a hormonal imbalance.

Common symptoms of thyroid disorders include:

  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Hair loss
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles

If you're struggling with fatigue, chronic pain, or unexplained health issues, you may have a thyroid disorder. A consultation with a Salem Wellness Clinic provider can help determine the exact cause of your symptoms.

How are thyroid conditions treated?

Some patients need medication to treat their thyroid conditions. Prescription medications help provide the hormones your body isn't producing on its own. If you have a thyroid disorder, Dr. Rodriguez and Rebecca Kelly, FNP can help discover which hormones need to be replaced in your body.

However, prescription medications aren't your only option. Dietary or environmental changes, along with supplements, can help support healthy thyroid function. Dr. Rodriguez and Rebecca Kelly can determine if certain chemicals or foods are triggering your symptoms.

How can Salem Wellness Clinic providers help with thyroid conditions?

Naturopathic Physicians and Family Nurse Practitioners work to restore your body's natural functions. Dr. Rodriguez and Rebecca Kelly, RNP can help you find out which elements of your diet or environment might be affecting your thyroid. They will work with each patient to choose treatments that encourage their body to heal itself.  

Dietary factors can play a significant role in supporting healthy thyroid function. Nutritional deficiencies sometimes cause thyroid imbalances and an unhealthy diet can worsen an existing thyroid problem. If you have a thyroid disorder, Dr. Rodriguez and Rebecca Kelly, FNP can help you make dietary choices that support a healthy metabolism.

If you need help managing your thyroid disorder, don't delay treatment. Call Salem Wellness Clinic today or book an appointment online.