By Sushma Hirani, MD | 10/24/2019

Thyroid Management, Relief from Hypothyroidism

Thyroid Management, Relief from Hypothyroidism

The "Great Masquerader"

Hypothyroidism is considered the “Great Masquerader" because many of its symptoms resemble symptoms of numerous other Northern Virginia Hypothyroidism Treatment diseases. Improper thyroid functions are often misdiagnosed as depression, PMS, poor diet or any number of other conditions. Often times, hypothyroidism is treated as depression. Conventional medicine relies on medical blood tests for diagnosis and monitoring of the illness. Many people suffer because of wide variation in "normal ranges." Even after a correct diagnosis, it may be difficult to obtain optimal treatment because many people have autoimmune thyroid damage.

Causes of Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Disorders

Hypothyroidism can be caused by a number of reasons including autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common cause in the US). Other causes for low thyroid function include –

  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Radiation to the Neck and Head
  • Certain Medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Certain Congenital Defects and Pituitary Disorders

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism can cause a myriad of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair loss. Other common symptoms of hypothyroidism and thyroid disorders include muscle aches, joint stiffness, constipation, depression, heavy or irregular menstrual periods, headaches and mental slowness. If hypothyroidism is not controlled in a timely manner, a number of health problems can occur, including increased cholesterol levels, which can lead to cardiovascular problems, depression and other mood disorders and lowered mental functions. Additionally, long-term hypothyroidism can cause peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that causes pain, tingling and numbness.

The following questions will help you determine if you may be suffering from hypothyroidism.

  • Do you find yourself feeling tired or exhausted for no apparent reason?
  • Do you keep gaining weight in spite of eating reasonably well?
  • Are you experiencing dry skin, hair loss, and feel cold all the time?

If you find yourself answering yes to most of these questions, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism and would benefit from seeing a thyroid specialist. Click here to learn more about the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism.

Detecting Hypothyroidism

Testing for hypothyroidism can be done by a thyroid specialist using a simple blood test. However, thorough testing should ideally include a TSH, free and total T4 and T3 levels, and thyroid antibodies to check for autoimmune or Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. Optimal lab ranges for these may differ from normal conventional ranges. Additionally, other laboratory testing may be done to identify possible causes or associations with hypothyroidism, including male and female hormone assays, adrenal hormone assays, vitamin and mineral deficiency evaluations and evaluations for drug, chemical or heavy metal toxicities.

Want To Learn More?

Log in for our free webinar! November 6th at 7pm, Dr. Sushma Hirani will help break it all down for you. She will also be answering your questions LIVE! To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-integrative-approach-to-thyroid-conditions-a-free-webinar-tickets-76945308489 

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