Your thyroid is an essential part of your body’s endocrine system because it regulates many of its functions, including your energy level. This tiny organ is shaped like a butterfly and can produce too little or too much of the hormones your body needs for optimal functioning. An underactive thyroid means you have hypothyroidism while an overactive one signifies hyperthyroidism. Problems with low energy and a slow metabolism are often the first clues people have that they may be dealing with hypothyroidism.
Indications You May Have an Underactive Thyroid
An underactive thyroid can create dozens of uncomfortable symptoms. Some of the most common ones include:
- Cold intolerance
- Generalized weakness
- Unexplained weight gain or increased difficulty achieving weight loss
- Low libido
- Aching muscles
- Skin dryness
- Hair loss unexplained by genetic pre-disposition or another health condition
- Increased coarseness of hair
- Anxiety and depression
- Difficulty concentrating and lapses in memory
More People Struggle with the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism than with Hyperthyroidism
It is most common in women and people over age 50, but people of any age or either gender can experience it. The symptoms typically come on subtly and you may not notice the changes taking place in your body at first. It isn’t until they are dealing with the impact of several symptoms at the same time that most people seek treatment.
The typical medical approach is to treat one symptom at a time without exploring what could be causing a cluster of symptoms. Dr. Mark Neumann works with men and women to determine if hypothyroidism is at play or another hormonal imbalance. He then creates a treatment plan tailored to your symptoms, age, gender, and overall health. For some people, this may be receiving HCG injections while others may benefit from nutrition counseling or natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or another treatment.
If you suspect that you could have hypothyroidism, contact MSN Healthcare for an immediate evaluation. The sooner you do, the sooner you can start feeling better.