If you’re experiencing an odd combination of symptoms including lethargy and sensitivity to cold, and aren’t quite sure what they all mean, you may want to start looking into hypothyroidism. This condition caused by a hormonal imbalance in the body presents itself with a series of seemingly inconspicuous warning signs. Let’s dive deep into what hypothyroidism is and how it can be treated.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid is underactive and doesn’t produce enough hormones for the body. The thyroid is a small gland near the Adam’s apple that is responsible for maintaining and regulating processes in the body that are critical to staying healthy by releasing hormones known as T3 and T4. When the thyroid is underactive, it produces a series of symptoms that all seem unassuming alone but can become overwhelming all together.
What are Signs I May Have Hypothyroidism?
There are many harmless signs that you may have an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism, including:
- General weakness
- Muscle aches and stiffness
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Memory problems
- Sensitivity to cold
- Hair loss
- Decreased heart rate
What Causes Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism doesn’t have one specific cause. While hypothyroidism is usually a cause of genetics, abnormalities in the thyroid or an iodine deficiency, other causes for hypothyroidism include age, autoimmune conditions, pregnancy, and pituitary gland disorders. The best way to find the cause of your hypothyroidism is to get an evaluation by Dr. Imtiaz during your one-on-one consultation.
How Can I Treat my Hypothyroidism?
Treating hypothyroidism can be as simple as taking a hormone supplement containing the T3 and T4 hormones your body is naturally lacking. During your consultation, Dr. Imtiaz will order blood work to measure the amount of T3 and T4 hormones in your blood, then provide you with a customized hormone replacement therapy plan based on your results. Throughout your treatment, Dr. Imtiaz will continue to monitor your thyroid hormone levels to ensure your body processes stay stable.
Are you starting to think hypothyroidism treatment is right for you? Call our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Imtiaz today. She’ll assess your symptoms, listen to your concerns and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your ultimate wellness goals.