What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism (also known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough of its own hormone, called thyroxine (T4). T3 is an even less effective replacement than T4. When there isn’t enough thyroid hormone circulating in your body, it causes various problems including fatigue, weight gain, depression and other mood disorders.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism: Fatigue, Weight Gain, Depression and Mood Disorders
How common is hypothyroidism?
The prevalence rate of hypothyroidism is 1% or less in most developed countries. However, some studies have shown that up to 30% of women may suffer from the condition. Women with milder forms of the disease tend to develop symptoms earlier than those suffering from severe cases.
How is Hypothyroidism diagnosed?
A blood test will determine if you have hypothyroidism. If so, your doctor will prescribe medication to treat the condition. A physical examination will also be done to rule out other conditions that could cause similar symptoms. If these tests come back negative, then your doctor may recommend further testing such as a scan of your brain or thyroid glands.
How can I treat my hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism can be treated in several different ways. The most common treatment is the daily consumption of synthetic thyroid hormone which is either taken orally or administered via injections. Other treatments include using iodine supplements and even surgery to remove all or parts of the thyroid gland. It is important to remember that these treatments don’t come without side effects of their own.
How do I get my energy back?
For many people with hypothyroidism, the fatigue can be so bad it can interfere with daily life. For this reason, it is important to discuss your treatment options with a medical professional to see what could help you gain back your lost energy. There are several treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms of fatigue in hypothyroidism.
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