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Hypothyroidism and Its Causes

Wednesday, January 18th 2023 10:00am 4 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

People with hypothyroidism may experience a constellation of vague symptoms like fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation, swelling, etc., Until it’s diagnosed correctly, an individual with these symptoms may go from doctor to doctor until the real culprit is discovered.

The thyroid is an endocrine organ that has a major impact on the metabolism of the whole body. Do we need to take medicine for life if we suffer from hypothyroidism?

The many symptoms of hypothyroidism

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ on the front of the neck that secretes thyroxine, which controls many critical bodily functions. Levels of thyroxine can impact weight, heart rate, breathing, and mood. Many body functions will slow down due to inadequate levels of thyroxine. The disease caused by insufficient secretion of thyroxine is called hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism vary and may include: weight gain, fatigue, cold intolerance, constipation, slow reflexes, dry skin, thinning hair, body puffiness, slow heartbeat, joint and muscle pain, memory loss, and depression.

Women may also experience infertility, heavy menstrual bleeding, or irregular menstruation.

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