Primary Care Practice & General Internal Medicine located in Winter Garden, FL & Trinity, FL
Five out of every 100 people have hypothyroidism, experiencing symptoms like excessive fatigue and unexplained weight gain. At Medhealth Clinical in Winter Park, Florida, primary care specialist Pedro F. Garcia, MD, and a team of professionals can evaluate your symptoms to diagnose hypothyroidism and offer a customized care plan. Call if you have symptoms that suggest hypothyroidism, or schedule an appointment online today.
Hypothyroidism Q & A
What is hypothyroidism?
Located in your neck and a major part of your endocrine system, the thyroid gland produces a collection of hormones that regulate essential functions like heartbeat, metabolism, body temperature, and digestion.
Hypothyroidism indicates that your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones, meaning the cells and organs can’t function to their optimal levels. When you aren’t stimulating enough thyroid hormone, critical bodily functions slow down, negatively affecting your health and well-being.
When should I suspect I have hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism symptoms develop over time, so you might not notice them right away. Indications of low thyroid hormone include:
- Excessive fatigue
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin and thinning hair
- Muscle aches
- Slow heart rate
- Puffy face
These symptoms can also suggest other conditions, so if you experience any of them, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Medhealth Clinical for a complete evaluation.
What causes hypothyroidism?
The autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto’s disease is a common cause of hypothyroidism. Your immune cells mistakenly attack and destroy your thyroid gland, so it can’t function optimally.
You may also develop hypothyroidism after undergoing treatment for hyperthyroidism or after thyroid surgery or radiation treatment for thyroid cancer.
How is hypothyroidism managed?
A simple blood test can diagnose hypothyroidism. The team at Medhealth Clinical routinely measures your thyroid levels at annual wellness exams but if you have symptoms, ask for a separate appointment.
The team at Medhealth Clinical treats hypothyroidism with the synthetic hormone levothyroxine. Taking this medication restores your blood hormone levels and alleviates symptoms almost immediately.
It may take some finesse to find the correct dosage, depending on the severity of your condition and how your body responds.
You’ll benefit from regular follow-up appointments to check your thyroid hormone levels and symptoms. Once the team finds the proper dosage, your symptoms should subside; your energy returns, and weight loss becomes easier.
Expect to come in every six months or so to recheck your thyroid hormone levels and evaluate symptoms. You may need regular adjustments to your medication to maintain good health.
If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism, contact Medhealth Clinical for an appointment. Call the office or schedule online today.
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