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?
An Endocrinologist/General Physician diagnoses Underactive Thyroid by laboratory testing of thyroid stimulating hormone levels in the blood.
HOW IS UNDERACTIVE THYROID TREATED?
Underactive Thyroid is treated by taking the thyroid hormone replacement medicine levothyroxine (Levothroid, Synthroid).
DID YOU KNOW?
Untreated underactive thyroid may lead to goitre and heart problems.