Hypothyroidism is a common thyroid disorder, especially in women over the age of 50. Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:
- Weight gain
- Puffy, swollen face
- Hoarse voice
- Dry, coarse skin
- Stiff, painful joints
- Increased menstrual flow
It may be time to visit your family doctor if you are experiencing some of these symptoms in and feel tired for no clear reason. Hypothyroidism is usually treatable with oral medication that can help manage or even reverse these symptoms. If your thyroid tests are abnormal, referral to an endocrinologist may be helpful.
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The endocrine system is made up of glands, which regulate everything from organ function to metabolism to reproduction. The thyroid gland, located at the front of the neck, produces hormones that control your metabolism, which converts food into energy.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is underactive and does not produce enough hormones. Untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid is overactive, producing too much of a particular hormone and often significantly speeding up the body's metabolism. Untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to rapid weight loss, irregular heartbeat and anxiety.
Most thyroid conditions, including goiter (enlarged thyroid) and nodules (thyroid tissue growth), are treatable and manageable. Methodist Academic Medicine Associates offers expert care in conditions and diseases affecting the endocrine system. To learn more about your condition, visit our health library.