Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid is underproductive. The thyroid is an organ at the base of the neck that produces hormones that regulate the metabolism, which controls things such as temperature, energy, and heart rate. It is the opposite of hyperthyroidism.
Symptoms include tiredness, inability to focus (brain fog), intolerance to cold temps, unexplained weight gain, depression, decreased sexual interest, heavy periods, numbness in the hands, and constipation. The symptoms of hypothyroidism usually develop over a period of time which makes diagnosis difficult as individuals might not realize something is wrong.
Diagnosis of hypothyroidism is done through the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test. Once a diagnosis is provided and the patient's hormone levels are understood, an endocrinologist can recommend a treatment plan, usually involving medication (such as levothyroxine) to regulate thyroid hormone production.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms related to hypothyroidism, the team at Schneck is ready to help.