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Hypothyroidism

EZ HealthCare

Internal Medicine & Obesity Medicine Specialists located in Sugarland, TX

Also known as an underactive thyroid gland, hypothyroidism is a condition that slows down your bodily functions. At EZ HealthCare in Sugarland, Texas, the team helps patients address their symptoms and restore their hormonal health. Led by internal medicine physician Seema Jabeen, MD, the practice specializes in simple and effective health care solutions. To speak with the team about your hypothyroidism, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Hypothyroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland, a small gland near the lower front of your neck. Thyroid hormones help regulate your metabolism, ensuring your body has the energy it needs to function. When you don’t have enough thyroid hormones, your body’s processes slow down.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

During the early stages, hypothyroidism may not produce any noticeable symptoms. As the body continues to slow down, however, you may experience several common symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Thinning hair
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Impaired memory

Some patients with hypothyroidism develop a goiter or enlarged thyroid gland. In some cases, goiters grow large enough to be seen or felt with your hand. If you experience symptoms, EZ HealthCare can help you determine the right treatment for your condition.

What causes hypothyroidism?

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the thyroid gland. Hashimoto's disease prevents your thyroid gland from producing enough hormones, leading to a decline in your bodily functions.

Hypothyroidism can also be caused by certain treatments like radiation therapy, certain medications, as well as the removal of the thyroid gland. In some cases, patients being treated for hyperthyroidism can develop hypothyroidism as a result of iodine or anti-thyroid medications. Although there is no cure, there are effective ways to identify and treat hypothyroidism.

How is hypothyroidism treated?

Before you begin treatment, Dr. Jabeen has to confirm your diagnosis. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed through a blood test. Dr. Jabeen uses a sample to check the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. Treatment usually involves hormone replacement therapy to regulate your thyroid hormones.

If you need specialist care, Dr. Jabeen works with you and the specialist to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific health needs. The dosage needed to regulate your hormones change over time, so you’ll need to have your TSH levels checked regularly (typically once a year).

Dr. Jabeen provides medical management to ensure successful long-term treatment of your condition. To discuss your symptoms, book an appointment by phone or request one online today.