Learn About Your Thyroid
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones,
causing an imbalance in the chemical reactions of your body. Symptoms are often unnoticed as the individual may not connect them to something as severe as hypothyroidism. Some of these symptoms are fatigue, constipation, dry skin and/or weight gain.
Evidence of Hypothyroidism
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more-obvious problems. Over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease.
There can be a number of causes for hypothyroidism, including autoimmune disease, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery and certain medications, some of which are used to treat hyperthyroidism.
Although anyone can develop hypothyroidism, you're at an increased risk if you:
∙ Are a woman (assigned female at birth)
∙ Are older than 60
∙ Have a family history of thyroid disease
∙ Have an autoimmune disease, such as type 1 diabetes or celiac disease
∙ Have been treated with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid medications
∙ Received radiation to your neck or upper chest
∙ Have had thyroid surgery (partial thyroidectomy)
∙ Have been pregnant or delivered a baby within the past six months
But don't worry! If you think you're suffering from thyroid problems, blood tests can accurately diagnose whether your thyroid is functioning at a normal level or not. If you do require treatment for hypothyroidism it is usually simple, safe and effective. Medications, such as, levothyroxine hormone can help, but only in the correct dosage. This may take some time, but this is only to keep you safe, as excess of this hormone can cause:
∙ Increased appetite
∙ Heart palpitations
To determine the right dosage of levothyroxine initially, your provider will check your thyroid blood levels after six to eight weeks of taking medication. After that, blood levels are checked six months later.
If you have coronary artery disease or severe hypothyroidism, your provider may start treatment with a smaller amount of medication and gradually increase the dosage. Progressive hormone replacement allows your heart to safely adjust to the increase in metabolism.
If you have any questions about your thyroid, the health providers at The Renewal Room is here to help.
At The Renewal Room we take your questions and concerns seriously. You are more than just a patient to us. Our providers can help ease your concerns and help you feel your best.
Because self care is never selfish!