Endocrine disorders

Hypothyroidism

About Hypothyroidism

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities are your body's metabolism. If your thyroid gland is not active enough, it does not make enough thyroid hormone to meet your body's needs. This condition is hypothyroidism.Hypothyroidism is more common in women, people with other thyroid problems, and those over 60 years old. Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is the most common cause. Other causes include thyroid nodules, thyroiditis, congenital hypothyroidism, surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid, radiation treatment of the thyroid, and some medicines.The symptoms can vary from person to person. They may includeFatigueWeight gainA puffy faceCold intoleranceJoint and muscle painConstipationDry skinDry, thinning hairDecreased sweatingHeavy or irregular menstrual periods and fertility problemsDepressionSlowed heart rateTo diagnose hypothyroidism, your doctor will look at your symptoms and blood tests. Treatment is with synthetic thyroid hormone, taken every day.NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • A puffy face
  • Cold intolerance
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Dry, thinning hair
  • Decreased sweating
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods and fertility problems
  • Depression
  • Slowed heart rate

All Medications for Hypothyroidism

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Hypothyroidism

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Keep adjusting your medication until you get the right dose. It's annoying to keep doing blood tests but it's worth it

What’s your best coping strategy?

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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Eltroxin

  • While waiting to get up to the final dose, I was dealing with heart palpitations and tiredness. I found if I got 20 minutes of moderately intense cardio exercise, a few times a week, those symptoms decreased dramatically.