April 24, 2024

Category - Hypo Thyroid

Hypo Thyroid: Hypothyroidism aka (under-active thyroid) is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones for the body to function. Hypothyroidism upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body and it rarely causes symptoms in its early stages however if it is left untreated, it can cause a number of health problems, like obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease. The symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary and depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. In general, the symptoms tend to develop slowly, usually over a number of years but when it goes through the later stages can cause chronic illnesses. At first, the symptoms are barely noticeable, such as fatigue and weight gain and often these are attributed to getting older. But as the metabolism continues to slow down, more obvious signs and symptoms may develop. Signs and symptom can include:

Dry skin
Elevated blood cholesterol levels
Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
Impaired memory
Increased sensitivity to cold
Muscle weakness
Muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
Puffy face
Slowed heart rate
Thinning hair
Weight gain

Untreated symptoms can become more severe and with constant stimulation of the thyroid gland to release more hormones may lead to an enlarged thyroid (goiter). In addition, many more symptoms can include greater forgetfulness, slower thought processing, and depression. Advanced hypothyroidism, aka myxedema, is rare, but when it happens it can be life-threatening to the body. In extreme cases, it can be fatal and the symptoms include low blood pressure, decreased breathing, decreased body temperature, unresponsiveness, and even coma.

Fortunately, there are accurate thyroid function tests that are available and treatments with synthetic thyroid hormones are usually simple, safe and effective once a doctor finds the right dose for a Hypo Thyroid.

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