Hypothyroidism

When the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone, this causes a condition known as hypothyroidism. An underproductive, underactive thyroid can result in variety of serious health complications and can make life difficult. Using traditional rigid guidelines to determine thyroid issues will miss many cases of thyroid disease. Aggressive diagnosis and treatment of thyroid problems is critical to regaining health.

If you think you may be dealing withhypothyroidism, call (410) 266-3613 orcontact us online to schedule a consultation.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

As with all thyroid conditions, there are a number of causes of hypothyroidism. These factors can weaken or eliminate your thyroid hormone production:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Chemotherapy / Radiation therapy
  • Certain medications
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Infections

Some medications prescribed for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) seek to lessen hormone production, but may actually be too effective and cause hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

An underproductive thyroid gland can have a massive impact on your health. The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person and typically develop over time.

If you're suffering from hypothyroidism, you may notice:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Aches
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Yellowed skin

If hypothyroidism isn't treated, it can develop more serious and even life-threatening side-effects such as low blood pressure and slowed breathing. It's important to treat hypothyroidism as soon as possible.

Hypothyroidism Treatment

The best, most-effective hypothyroidism treatment is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. In essence, BHRT replenishes your thyroid gland with hormones and restores your thyroid levels to their natural state.

Options for treating hypothyroidism using T4, T3, or a mixture of the two using desiccated thyroid hormone. The underlying cause of the issue must be addressed as well as the preferences and uniqueness of each patient.

BHRT can also be supplemented with:

  • Improved diet
  • Improved exercise
  • Some over-the-counter medications

Get Healthy

Hypothyroidism should not be taken lightly. If left to fester, it can worsen and even threaten your life. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy provides a safe, natural way to restore balance to your system.

If BHRT sounds right for you, don't hesitate to call (410) 266-3613.