Hypothyroidism is one of the most common thyroid problems, making people feel sluggish because the body does not produce enough energy. Here are some signs that you may have this issue.
When the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone, that leads to hypothyroidism. Symptoms of this issue typically appear gradually, over a period of several months or even years. They include thinning, coarse hair, skin that has a yellowish tint, brittle nails and slow body movements. People who had thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism also tend to have an inability to tolerate cold, feel weak, sluggish, or tired on a regular basis, and are also susceptible to memory problems or even depression.
There are several other less common symptoms as well, including muscle cramps and aching muscles, hoarseness, unexpected weight gain, swelling of the extremities and puffiness of the face. Like many thyroid problems, the severity of your symptoms will depend on several factors, including how long you have had the problem, your age, and others.
Treatments for Hypothyroidism
As serious as hypothyroidism can be, the good news is that it can be treated very effectively using hormonal medications. Once you start your treatment, you will need to visit your doctor on a regular basis to make sure you are being prescribed the correct amount. In many cases, symptoms will begin to subside within about a week or so after you start treatment, and then disappear altogether within a few months. People who are older or in poor health may not respond to medication as quickly.
If you would like more information on hypothyroidism or any other types of thyroid problems, please get in touch with one of our Jupiter Medical Specialists Clinics. Contact your nearest location online to make an appointment today!