It’s the cold, gray time of year when the winter blues can set in. But if you’ve experienced these symptoms during other months and seasons, you may suffer from hyperthyroidism, a thyroid condition that often goes undetected.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that controls your metabolism and energy. It produces hormones that transport energy throughout the body. In people with hypothyroidism, their thyroid produces less than normal amounts of hormones resulting in many body functions slowing down. Autoimmune diseases are the cause for the vast majority of hypothyroidism diagnoses.
Hypothyroidism symptoms can include:
o Weight gain
o Dry skin or dry thinning hair
o Intolerance to cold
o Puffy face
o Sore muscles
o Heavy/irregular menstrual flow
A blood test can measure levels of thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH). If a patient is found to have hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone replacement therapy is the treatment option most often pursued. Patients take a daily dose (in pill form) of the T3 hormone.
Not everyone with hypothyroidism experiences the exact same symptoms. It’s important for patients to discuss their specific symptoms and determine the best treatment options for their individualized experience.