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Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a prevalent hormone condition, impacting an estimated 5% of Americans. Also known as underactive thyroid, with this condition, the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones to properly regulate the metabolism. 

If hypothyroidism goes undiagnosed, it can lead to serious health complications, including a higher risk of heart disease and even infertility. So, understanding the symptoms of hypothyroidism (and seeking prompt medical care if you experience them) is key to preserving your long-term wellness.

Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Initial symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Dry, pale skin
  • Brittle hair and fingernails
  • Thinning hair
  • Irregular or heavier-than-usual periods
  • Weight gain
  • Puffiness in the face
  • Muscle weakness, aches, and stiffness
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Slowed heart rate (bradycardia)

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is most often caused by thyroiditis, a group of conditions involving inflammation of the thyroid. This can result from autoimmune problems, trauma to the thyroid, infection, or medications. 

Other possible causes of hypothyroidism include:

  • Genetic defects
  • Radiation treatments
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Pituitary gland problems
  • Pregnancy 

When to See a Physician for Hypothyroidism

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above with no other known cause, schedule an appointment with your Tampa physician for a complete evaluation. Your physician will likely complete a physical exam to evaluate the size of the thyroid and identify signs of hypothyroidism. They may also order blood tests to determine your thyroid hormone levels. 

Hypothyroidism typically involves replacing thyroid hormone with medication. In some cases, individuals with hypothyroidism have other hormonal imbalances, like low testosterone, which can be addressed with bioidentical hormone therapy. Regular follow-ups with your doctor are essential to maintaining healthy hormone levels and keeping your symptoms at bay. 

If you’re struggling with symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shemesh at Mind Body Spirit Care today!