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Hypothyroidism results from an underactive thyroid gland that isn’t producing sufficient amounts of vital hormones. These hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), affect your entire metabolic system, body temperature, and heart rate. Because of this, thyroid hormone levels have a tremendous impact on your health. While thyroid issues may not be noticeable during the early stages, untreated hypothyroidism will eventually present itself through a range of symptoms depending on the level of hormone deficiency. These deficiencies can cause severe problems over time, and extremely low levels can cause a life-threatening condition called myxedema.
Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed through a blood test and treated with a synthetic thyroid hormone prescription. You should begin to feel an immediate improvement once taking the medication, although it could take some time to find the correct dosage. Through AZOVA™, you can schedule a virtual consultation to discuss your thyroid issues with one of our medical providers. Once diagnosed, your doctor will be able to prescribe your thyroid medication, monitor your response, and adjust your dosage virtually.
There are several causes for hypothyroidism, including:
Likewise, hypothyroidism can result from congenital disease in babies born with a defective thyroid or without one at all. Some women can also develop an under-active thyroid during or after pregnancy.
While there are over 200 potential symptoms of hypothyroidism, the major symptoms are:
If you’re feeling abnormally tired, cold, or experiencing any other symptoms of hypothyroidism, it’s important to schedule a virtual consultation with an experienced healthcare professional as soon as possible to address hypothyroidism in the early stages.
During your virtual doctor’s visit, your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms, medications you’re taking, and if you’ve had thyroid surgery or radiation treatment. Blood testing is the most common method used to confirm an under-active thyroid. The test will measure the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and T4 present in your blood.
If THS levels are high, your brain (specifically your pituitary gland) is attempting to stimulate your thyroid gland due to low levels of thyroid hormones which indicates an under-active thyroid. THS levels are also an essential factor in managing hypothyroidism, which will help your doctor determine your thyroid medication dosage.
The standard treatment for hyperthyroidism is a synthetic thyroid hormone that helps to rebalance hormone levels. The name of the medication is levothyroxine which includes the brands Levo-T and Synthroid. Your doctor will likely want to check your THS levels after six to eight weeks to ensure you’re receiving the proper dosage and then revisit those levels six months later. Once the correct dosage is determined, your doctor will check your THS levels every year to make adjustments. Levothyroxine will likely be a life-long treatment taken daily.
Alternative treatments include a natural extract of thyroid hormones derived from pigs' thyroid glands, which contain both T3 and T4 hormones. In contrast, synthetic thyroid medications only contain T4 from which your body will create T3. These extracts are available by prescription only. They should not be confused with over-the-counter supplements sold at health stores which the FDA doesn’t regulate.
AZOVA™ provides an excellent alternative to in-person hypothyroidism treatment. Our HIPAA secure platform allows you to schedule a virtual appointment and discuss your thyroid issues from the comfort of your home in the confidence of an experienced healthcare professional.
To get started, select the “thyroid issues” option, then create your AZOVA™ account. Our website will then direct you to complete a step-by-step health review. At the time of your appointment, your doctor will conduct an initial evaluation and recommend your best course of action. Your doctor will give you directions for any necessary blood tests and then write your thyroid prescription based on their results. You will be able to select your delivery options through the AZOVA™ mobile app, and your medication will be delivered directly to your door regularly.
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