At Prime Internal Medicine Associates, we take a comprehensive and individualized approach to diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism, a common but often misunderstood condition. Our team of experienced internal medicine doctors and providers utilizes the latest technologies and research-backed methods, in addition to holistic techniques, to ensure a reliable diagnosis and effective treatment plan for our patients.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition wherein your thyroid gland, located at the front of your neck, doesn't produce enough thyroid hormones. These hormones play a key role in regulating your body's metabolism, that is, how your body uses energy. If untreated, hypothyroidism can cause a range of health problems, such as obesity and heart disease.
Hypothyroidism looks different for everybody, so your set of hypothyroidism symptoms is likely going to be unique to you and your circumstances. However, there is a list of symptoms commonly associated with hypothyroidism. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Persistent fatigue
- Sensitivity to cold
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Muscle weakness
- Thinning hair
- Difficulty with memory
The list of symptoms above is by no means comprehensive, meaning there are various other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism that you may be experiencing. If you feel you may be struggling with the effects of hypothyroidism, we encourage you to come in and see Drs. Katikaneni and Mathew at your earliest convenience. They'll be happy to sit down with you, listen to your concerns, and provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
Blood tests play a critical role in our providers' assessment of your potential hypothyroidism. A common blood test called TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) test is often the first step in our diagnostic process. This hormone, produced by the pituitary gland, prompts the thyroid to produce and release its hormones. If TSH levels are high, it could indicate that the thyroid is not producing enough hormones, a characteristic sign of hypothyroidism.
To ensure a comprehensive understanding of your condition, our primary care doctors may also order a T4 test, which measures the level of the actual thyroid hormone in the blood. These two tests work hand-in-hand to provide our internists with the information they need to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Each of our blood tests can be performed on-site for your convenience.
Hypothyroidism can be effectively managed with the appropriate treatment. The most common form of treatment is medication management, specifically with a synthetic thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. This prescription medication replenishes the lack of thyroid hormone in the body, helping to restore normal metabolism and energy levels. Regular doctor visits with our Dallas internists are recommended to appropriately adjust medication dosage based on your specific needs and response to treatment.
Hypothyroidism Treatment in Dallas, TX
If you are looking for a primary care doctor near you, look no further than Prime Internal Medicine Associates. Our internal medicine doctors are proud to offer cutting-edge treatments and therapies to all patients struggling with GERD in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. If you have any questions about our treatment services, we encourage you to call us today at (972) 239-5445. To request an appointment with one of our providers, use our convenient online appointment request form.