Hormone Replacement Therapy in Colorado
Find Relief From Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is the body’s way of alerting the brain that something is wrong. If a person falls and scrapes their knee, it is understood that pain is something that person is likely to experience. But what happens when we have ongoing intense pain, along with other symptoms, and are unsure what the root cause is?
Many Americans with chronic pain are being treated with medication to block the pain signals. While this may provide temporary relief, it can lead to long-term consequences. Treating pain symptoms without addressing the root cause can result in hormonal imbalances, which can lead to secondary symptoms including fatigue, malaise, irritability, inability to concentrate, loss of sex drive and mood swings.
Hormones & Pain Signals
Hormones play an important role in regulating the body and its functions. These messengers are often overlooked when doctors are treating patients with chronic pain. At Colorado Clinic, our expert pain management doctors evaluate these hormone deficiencies and design treatments to get them back in working order!
There are a variety of hormones at work in the body that need to be in balance for optimal health. Let’s take a look at some key players.
When it comes to the thyroid, one of the first things you need to know is that it has two hormones that need to be in balance with each other; the thyroid stimulating hormone and the free T4. These two should always be proportional to each other in testing so that when one is low, the other is high.
It is important that the thyroid is producing proper amounts of hormones, because it is fundamental to regulating metabolism, mental wellness, gut motility, menopause, insomnia, and pain. When out of balance, any symptoms related to those functions can manifest. It is recommended that all people 35 years of age and older have their thyroid hormone levels checked every five years.
Testosterone is more prominent in males, but present in both males and females. It is responsible for regulating energy and libido. The hormone is produced in the ovaries, testes, and adrenal glands and is important for normal functioning. If a person is experiencing a decreased sex drive or chronic fatigue, low testosterone levels should be considered.
Estrogen is the hormone that regulates the reproductive system, health of the bones, skin, and cardiovascular system. When in balance, estrogen keeps the body working properly. However, low or high levels of estrogen result in health problems.
Estrogen levels are linked with thyroid hormone production, and a decrease in estrogen causes a lower thyroid hormone release. Additionally, high levels of estrogen have also been linked to spinal and joint pain.
Estrogen levels naturally drop in women during menopause, and it can result in some painful, if natural, symptoms. Hormone therapy may be an effective treatment for women having difficulty during menopause.
After investigating the hormones that play important roles in the body’s function, it becomes clear that hormonal imbalances should be considered when looking for potential causes of secondary symptoms in those taking chronic pain medications. Hormones are key players in regulating the normal functioning of various systems within the body. Hormones, such as the thyroid hormone and estrogen, are partly responsible for pain and bodily functions.
Colorado Clinic offers full hormone evaluation for its patients and customized hormone replacement. This can help rectify these symptoms discussed along with further reducing patient pain!
Call the Colorado experts in pain management today at the location closest to you.