Fatigue and weight gain are two common signs of hypothyroidism, a condition that affects women more than men. The team of physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas diagnoses and treats the condition, which is often related to an immune disorder. The team recommends a medically appropriate, holistic treatment plan to rebalance your hormone levels. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online.
Your thyroid is a tiny gland at the base of your neck. This gland produces hormones that regulate essential metabolic functions, such as how quickly you burn calories and how fast your heart beats.
An improperly functioning thyroid can affect your whole body. It may secrete too much hormone, or too little.
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid produces an insufficient amount of hormone. The condition is more common in women and if you’re over the age of 60.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person and include:
You may also notice you’re extremely sensitive to cold temperatures.
An autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Other causes include:
Certain medicines also may result in hypothyroidism.
Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider takes a thorough medical history, performs a physical exam, and recommends appropriate thyroid tests. Your tests may include blood tests to evaluate the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone, thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin, and antibodies.
To complete your diagnosis, you may need imaging tests to view the structure of your thyroid gland. These tests may include CT scans, ultrasound, or nuclear medicine tests.
Once your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider completes your diagnosis, they recommend a treatment plan to stabilize your hormone levels.
Your provider typically recommends thyroid hormone replacement therapy to stabilize your hormone levels. The therapy uses a synthetic hormone called thyroxine (T4), which works just like your own thyroid hormone would if it was functioning properly.
The treatment calls for taking one daily pill. This results in a very stable level of thyroid hormone in your bloodstream. The goal of your treatment is to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
If you’ve been feeling unusually tired or you've gained weight for no reason, don’t delay in getting a diagnosis from Prime Internal Medicine Associates. Call the office today or book a consultation online.