If you have hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism is more common in women, especially over the age of 60. Left untreated, underactive thyroid may result in obesity, heart disease and joint pain. When the thyroid is not functioning properly, the hormonal reactions in your body may be affected. Symptoms of underactive thyroid include: fatigue, constipation, cold sensitivity, dry skin, weight gain, menstrual irregularities, muscle aches, joint pain and depression.
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck. Thyroid hormones are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones affect all aspects of metabolism in your body. Your doctor will order blood tests to determine if your thyroid is functioning properly. If you are found to have hypothyroidism, the hormones can be replaced with daily synthetic or natural replacement medication. Treatment is usually lifelong; your physician will order periodic thyroid hormone levels to assess for any needed dosage changes.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers comprehensive thyroid testing and treatment management to her patients. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.