A surprising number of people in America suffer from hypothyroidism. It is estimated that 20 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism, and about 60 percent of them are unaware of the condition. It is important to know the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism and see a doctor if any apply to you.
One of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism is unexplained fatigue. You may feel extremely tired most of the time, with few if any short bursts of energy. You will feel more tired than usual at work, get tired easily when exerting yourself such as going up a flight of stairs, or find yourself completely unable to exercise due to tiredness and weakness. Severe fatigue of this sort can be explained by a number of conditions, but the most common is hypothyroidism.
Another common symptom of hypothyroidism is weight gain. Many people who have thyroid problems gain weight inexplicably. Those with some extra pounds and hypothyroidism will have a difficult time losing weight, and may find it impossible to do. This is because the thyroid has a direct effect on your metabolism. When you have hypothyroidism, your metabolism slows considerably. The same amount of calories you have always taken in each day may no longer be appropriate and cause weight gain.
There are several hormones that affect hair growth, and one of them is the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. When you have hypothyroidism that is untreated, it is very common to experience hair loss. It may begin as a gradual shedding, but soon you will begin losing hair in earnest. This is often the most troubling symptom for women and men.
If you are experiencing these symptoms of hypothyroidism, contact our offices today for an appointment. We will be able to accurately diagnose your condition and treat it using holistic and natural medicine.