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Pacific Coast Integrative Health

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, N.D.

Naturopathic Doctor & Functional Medicine located in Santa Cruz, CA

Located below your Adam’s apple, you may not give your thyroid much thought until you start to experience lulls in your energy or difficulties losing weight. But poor thyroid health can affect many vital functions in your body. Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND who has been serving patients at Pacific Coast Integrative Health in Santa Cruz, CA , specializes in thyroid health and can determine if your symptoms are related to the gland. For a consultation with the naturopathic doctor, call the office or use the online booking tool.

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What is the thyroid?

Your thyroid is a bowtie-shaped gland that sits in front of your windpipe below your Adam’s apple. The gland is part of your endocrine system and is responsible for synthesizing and secreting a group of hormones collectively referred to as the thyroid hormones. These hormones support many body functions, including:

  • Metabolism
  • Heart rate
  • Digestion
  • Mood
  • Energy
  • Body temperature

When your thyroid is in good health, it’s able to produce an adequate supply of these hormones to maintain optimal hormone balance. However, if your thyroid isn’t producing enough of these hormones or excreting too many, then you may experience symptoms and health issues. 

How do I know if my thyroid is in good health?

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND can determine if your thyroid is in good health during your consultation. However, your body may provide some clues that your hormone levels are off, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Excess sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, or simply don’t feel like your usual self, Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND may be able to uncover the underlying cause of your symptoms and provide targeted care. 

What can I expect during a consultation for my thyroid?

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND takes an individualized approach to care and you can expect a comprehensive consultation when you come in with concerns about thyroid health. During your initial 90-minute visit, Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND reviews your health history and health concerns, as well as:

  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Energy
  • Digestion
  • Current medication and supplements

She also reviews all of your body systems and conducts a physical exam, paying close attention to the areas of concern. Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND provides whole-person medicine, so she also discusses your mental, spiritual, social, and emotional health during your consultation.

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND also requests conventional lab work, as well as specific testing based on your needs, such as nutrient analysis or hormone testing. 

What treatments can improve thyroid health?

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND develops personalized treatment plans for the management of thyroid health. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Diet modification with a food journal
  • Exercise program
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Medication
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy

After you’ve implemented your treatment plan, Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND has you return to the office within two to three weeks to assess your symptoms and progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed. 

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND continues to monitor your health and symptoms until you’ve reached a point where you no longer experience symptoms and feel healthy and happy.

For a comprehensive evaluation from a doctor who offers natural alternatives, contact Pacific Coast Integrative Health by phone or online today.