When you have hypothyroidism, your thyroid gland underproduces thyroid hormones that govern many important bodily processes, including metabolism and body temperature. Experienced practitioner Gail van Diepen, DO, and the team at Ormond Internal Medicine provide helpful management for your thyroid issues so you can improve your overall health and well-being. Call their office in Ormond Beach, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.
Your thyroid gland sits in the front of your throat. A butterfly-shaped organ, the thyroid produces hormones that regulate your metabolic rate and maintain your heart and digestive function, bone health, brain development, mood, and muscle control.
Your thyroid gland produces a specially balanced level of hormones to help your body function at its best. When you produce too little, you’re diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Symptoms include unexplained weight gain, extreme fatigue, and feeling cold all the time.
Symptoms vary so much, however, that the best way to diagnose hypothyroidism is through a simple blood test that evaluates your thyroid hormone levels.
You may develop hypothyroidism due to an autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s disease.
Surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid, certain medications, too little or too much iodine in your diet, radiation treatment, and congenital hypothyroidism are other possible causes.
Hashimoto’s disease describes a condition when your body creates antibodies that cause thyroid hormone production to decrease, as in hypothyroidism. You may suffer hypothyroid symptoms such as:
Muscle aches and stiffness
Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism are treated with replacement hormones and lifestyle changes.
Hypothyroidism is usually a chronic condition. Exceptions are cases in which the condition resulted from viral thyroiditis or developed during pregnancy; often, thyroid function is restored when the virus passes or after delivery.
Hypothyroidism’s severity can change over time. Because it may become more or less severe, regular monitoring is essential.
At Ormond Internal Medicine, the team does regular blood checks and adjusts medication dosage as necessary.
If you take too little, the medication won’t resolve your symptoms, and if you take too much, you start to acquire symptoms of hyperthyroidism — an overactive thyroid gland.
When hypothyroidism is well-controlled, symptoms disappear, and the condition has no long-term effect on your quality or length of life.
If you think you have problems with your thyroid gland or are dealing with hypothyroidism, consult Ormond Internal Medicine for evaluation and therapy. Call today or book an appointment online.