The term Underactive Thyroid is used for a condition in which an individual is unable to produce enough hormones in the thyroid gland. In such cases the patient has symptoms like acute weight gain, feeling of depression, their skin and hair would tend to get much dryer than usual, they would also experience muscle pain followed with fatigue.
HOW IS UNDERACTIVE THYROID DIAGNOSED?
Thyroid conditions can easily be misdiagnosed as symptoms are similar to a range of other health conditions. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by thyroid function tests, blood tests and a medical examination. Diagnosis is made by monitoring the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and types of antibodies found in the blood.
HOW IS UNDERACTIVE THYROID TREATED?
Prescribing regular intake of synthetic hormone T4 would be one way of treating Underactive Thyroid. The doctor would want to know the details of all form of medication the patient is taking since any of them could interfere with the way the synthetic hormone is absorbed into the system.
DID YOU KNOW?
That you will need to have periodic blood tests done to check the thyroid levels?