Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough hormone. More that three million cases of hypothyroidism occur in the United States each year. Although each hypothyroidism patient experiences different combination of symptoms, the symptoms of most people’s hypothyroidism are usually mentioned in this list:

If you have an autoimmune disorder (a condition in which your body’s immune system attacks its healthy tissues), like rheumatoid arthritis, Addison’s disease, or type 1 diabetes, and you are experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism, you need to talk to your doctor about getting tested for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

There are many potential causes of hypothyroidism, which branch into three categories: abnormal growths, medications, and thyroid issues. It is possible for abnormal growths to invade your thyroid, taking the place of your healthy tissues.

Disorders that cause this are:

Hypothyroid Medications

Some medications are known to cause hypothyroidism. These medications are:

Issues with the Thyroid

Diagnosing Hypothyroidism

HypothyroidismYour doctor will administer what is known as the TSH test. TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. Your thyroid stimulating hormone is created by your pituitary gland, a tiny organ below your brain and behind your sinus cavities. Your pituitary is part of the feedback system in your body; it maintains a stable amount of the thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine in your blood. TSH tests are frequently done alongside other tests. If you are suspected to have an autoimmune-related thyroid disease, your doctor may administer a T3 test and a thyroid antibody test. These tests performed together are referred to as a thyroid panel.

If you are pregnant, and your thyroid goes untreated, it can lead to delays in physical and intellectual development in your baby. This disorder is known as cretinism is a congenital disorder passed by a mother with hypothyroidism that isn’t treated. However, most of the cases of cretinism in the world are caused by an iodine deficiency.

Preventing Hypothyroidism

Although there is no way to guarantee the prevention of hypothyroidism, you can keep it from becoming debilitating if you recognize the signs, diagnose yourself early, and get treatment before your hypothyroidism progresses into something worse.

It is up to you whether you want to go with prescriptive approach to hypothyroidism, a natural approach, or a combination of both.

Synthetic Thyroid Hormone Replacement: Standard prescriptive treatment for hypothyroidism. Levothyroxine is the oral medication that will likely be administered to you. Levothyroxine restores hormone levels and reverses the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. However, determining the proper dosage can be tricky. Your doctor will work with you, monitoring your dosage and side effects to find the correct amount for you.
Natural extracts of thyroid hormone derived from the thyroid glands of pigs is available to you, as are other alternative medicine treatments. Together, you and your doctor can find a treatment plan that is right for your body’s specific needs.

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