Hypothyroidism Specialist in Boca Raton, FL

Individuals with an under-active thyroid have a condition known as hypothyroidism. When the thyroid is not as active as it is supposed to be, it means that the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones that are essential for various functions all across the body.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

There are several different potential causes to any case of hypothyroidism. Most often, this condition is the result of an underlying medical condition, or of a related problem of the thyroid. Individuals with a family history of thyroid complications are also at an increased risk of encountering problems with the thyroid themselves.

Autoimmune diseases and disorders lead the body to attack its own tissues, often including those of the thyroid. Hashimoto’s disease is one such autoimmune disease that frequently cause hypothyroidism in women specifically. Pituitary disorders, iodine deficiency, and thyroiditis associated with pregnancy are all included in the other types of conditions that can lead to under-productivity of the thyroid.

Any sort of medication, radiation therapy, or surgical treatment administered to the thyroid or surrounding tissues can affect its function. Dysfunctions of the thyroid are also common following cancer treatment for the head and neck areas.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

The primary purpose of the thyroid is to stabilize the body’s metabolism. Those with hypothyroidism will typically encounter a slowed metabolism, making it difficult for them to lose weight. Hypothyroidism is also characterized by several other common symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased irritability
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Frequent muscle cramps
  • Memory impairment
  • Constipation
  • Inability to tolerate cold temperatures
  • Decreased libido
  • Hair thinning or loss
  • Depression

Individuals with hypothyroidism may not experience each and every symptom listed above, and are likely to have a few symptoms affect them more than others. Because the thyroid controls so many different activities of the body, it can be difficult to pinpoint the specific source of a patient’s symptoms. For this reason, individuals experiencing any of the abnormal occurrences listed should contact a medical specialist like Dr. Berger immediately to have their symptoms accurately diagnosed.

TSH Testing

A thyroid stimulating hormone test (TSH) may be ordered to determine if a patient’s thyroid gland is in proper working order. This test is also able to detect dysfunctions of the thyroid before an individual may even begin to experience symptoms of hypothyroidism or other thyroid disorders.

A TSH test simply requires a small sample of blood from the patient. This sample is then sent to our laboratory facilities, where it will be analyzed to determine how much or how little thyroid stimulating hormone is present in the blood. Individuals with mild hypothyroidism are likely to show slightly elevated levels of TSH, but should still be able to maintain normal thyroxine hormone (T4) levels. Those with overt hypothyroidism often show even higher levels of TSH in the blood, and are also prone to experiencing thyroxine levels that are well below average.

Conditions Related to Hypothyroidism

While an under-active thyroid may not seem like a pressing concern, avoiding proper treatment can lead to significant complications and increased risk for several other conditions. Hypothyroidism has been known to encourage the development of a number of different health problems, such as:

  • Infertility
  • Heart issues
  • Myxedema
  • Severe depression and other mental health problems
  • Development of a goiter
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Increased risk for birth defects in offspring

Treatment for Hypothyroidism in Boca Raton, FL

In order to effectively treat a person’s hypothyroidism, Dr. Hara Berger must first determine the cause of the condition and its influential factors. Most cases of hypothyroidism can be managed using daily medications to balance the thyroid hormone levels in the body. This is often achieved prescribing thyroid hormone  to help make up for the hormones that the thyroid is unable to produce on its own.

To explore other treatment options, or to learn more about hypothyroidism and how it may be affecting you, please call Women’s Health Partners today to schedule a consultation with our specialists.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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