5 Facts About Hypothyroidism
Fatigue? Trouble losing weight? Inability to get warm? Hair loss? Joint and muscle pain? Constipation? Dry Skin? Irregular or Heavy menses? If any of these symptoms ring a bell you may have hypothyroidism. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located at the base of the neck. This gland’s main function is to make hormones that help the body uses energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should. In hypothyroidism the thyroid gland is not making enough thyroid.
1.) The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto is an autoimmune disorder where your body produces antibodies that attack and destroy the thyroid gland.
2.) Women are more likely to develop hypothyroidism, as well as the elderly, pregnant women, and patients with other autoimmune disorder
3.) Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by checking TSH and T4 labs on blood work. Lower than normal T4 levels usually means hypothyroidism
4.) Treatment of hypothyroidism normally includes a synthetic man made T4 thyroid hormone. Some patients will have more symptom control on a natural compounded medication or a mixture of T3 and T4
5.) Thyroid medication is normally needed for life. It should be taken on an empty stomach with a full glass of water at least 30 minutes to an hour before breakfast. Also, avoid taking within 4 hours of calcium and iron containing products.
For more information on hypothyroidism please contact a health care provider, or call your pharmacist team at Kearney Park Compounding Pharmacy. We are conveniently located in Mesquite but we offer free delivery options throughout the Dallas Texas area.