How to Treat Hypothyroidism
If you have an underactive thyroid gland, you may have a condition called hypothyroidism. Many seek out thyroid hormone treatment to help with this condition. Hypothyroidism can be caused by an autoimmune condition such as Hashimoto’s disease, but there are other causes.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland at the base of your throat that produces some of the hormones that keep you looking and feeling good. The thyroid gland can stop producing these hormones for a number of reasons, including thyroid cancer, but it usually stops producing its hormones for much less ominous reasons.
What Are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can be difficult to detect in the early stages, as many of the symptoms are quite commonly not specifically linked to the condition. Symptoms include:
- Tiredness, fatigue and muscle weakness
- Dry skin, coarse hair and skin or thinning hair
- Weight gain and a puffy face
- Menstrual cycles that are irregular or unusually heavy
Given that hypothyroidism is most common in middle-aged women, most of these symptoms can be overlooked as normal aspects of aging. However, if you have a number of these symptoms, it’s worth getting them checked out. Treatment may be available to help alleviate any or all of these symptoms.
If you have mild hypothyroid symptoms, they may resolve on their own without treatment. But if your symptoms persist or make your life more difficult, pursue a diagnosis.
Your gynecologist, family practice physician or general practitioner can do a simple test. If your test shows the markers for hypothyroidism, you may be referred to an endocrinologist.
What Is the Treatment for Hypothyroidism?
It would be helpful to know what foods you could eat to support a healthy thyroid gland. Unfortunately, there’s really no diet that helps keep the thyroid healthy.
While getting enough iodine is important to thyroid function, even vegetables that have traditionally been high in iodine are often grown in soil that’s depleted of iodine. This means less iodine in the vegetables themselves.
There are various treatments for hypothyroidism. One is with prescription medication that replaces the hormone your thyroid gland no longer produces. The most common medication is levothyroxine, which is often referred to by the trade name Levoxyl or Synthroid.
At Balance Hormone Center, we most often use bioidentical thyroid therapy, which is naturally occurring and includes both T3 and T4 thyroid hormones. However, it’s important to work with a clinic that considers your unique situation to determine the right treatment for you.
Learn More About How to Get Relief From Hypothyroidism
If you suspect you have hypothyroidism, get the help you need today. The caring professionals at Balance Hormone Center are eager to get to the bottom of what’s preventing you from thriving. Call 480-718-9960 or send us a message to make an appointment today.