Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid disease, is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones to keep your body functioning normally. The thyroid is the gland that controls your body’s metabolism and how well you burn calories. When there is a lack of thyroid hormones in the blood, your metabolism slows down and your body has less energy. There are many different causes of hypothyroidism, such as autoimmune disease, removal of the thyroid gland, certain medications, radiation therapy and more.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism can often be mistaken for other illnesses. The most common symptoms include:
When the thyroid hormone levels drop, your body will start to feel sluggish and you may start feeling depressed. Your body will feel much colder and your hair and skin will start to become dry. Since most of these symptoms vary from person to person and can be caused by other factors, the only sure way to know if you have hypothyroidism is a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) or T4 blood test.
Although there is no cure for hypothyroidism, treatments exist that can control the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood to normalize body functions. Your doctor will prescribe artificial thyroid hormones that will immediately start to get your metabolism back to normal. The most important part of treatment is to get your blood tested regularly while on thyroid medications to ensure that your prescription is replacing the correct amount of the thyroid hormone. Adjustments may be made to your prescribed dosage in order to keep levels normal. Too much or too little of the thyroid hormone can be dangerous.
Extremely low levels of thyroid hormones can be life-threatening so seeking help is important. If you are experiencing the symptoms above and believe you may have hypothyroidism, call us here at Pure Medicine immediately to set up an appointment. Our expert physicians will help correctly diagnose the problem and start you on the right treatment.