Are you frequently tired and sensitive to the cold? Does your face seem puffy? Do you feel plagued by painful, aching muscles? These are just a few symptoms of hypothyroidism, a chronic condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Dr. David Alonso and the skilled practitioners at Amour Medical Aesthetics, Inc in Chico, California are skilled at diagnosing and treating this complex disease. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule your consultation.
Your thyroid, a tiny gland in your neck, hormonally regulates the way key systems throughout your body use energy, including your heart, nervous system, and reproductive organs.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland becomes underactive and doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The impact can be devastating and eventually lead to a goiter, infertility, neuropathy, and heart failure.
Hypothyroidism is often related to Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland and other areas of the body. It can often be caused by an inflamed thyroid gland (thyroiditis), thyroid nodules, and congenital hypothyroidism.
The condition can also develop following thyroid surgery or radiation treatments.
Although anyone can develop hypothyroidism at any time in life, the disease is most commonly seen in post-menopausal women over age 60.
Chronic conditions like Type 1 diabetes, Turner syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis also increase your risk. Other factors that increase your risk of developing hypothyroidism include:
The symptoms of hypothyroidism begin slowly and are often confused with other health problems like depression or diabetes. While its symptoms can widely vary, some common indicators include:
When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Alonso, or another skilled practitioner in his office, performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. A blood test is often recommended to analyze your thyroid and the thyroid-stimulating hormones in your body.
Thyroid hormone replacement therapy is one of the most effective strategies for managing hypothyroidism. However, it isn't a cure, so you will always need regular doses of the medicine.
Hypothyroidism is a serious disease that vastly impacts your quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alonso or one the clinic’s other skilled internal medicine practitioners. Call or book your appointment online today.
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