Thyroid Hormone Therapy

The treatment of thyroid conditions is complex and can vary drastically from one patient to another. The medications are precisely adjusted and may not be substituted haphazardly. One could argue that dosing for thyroid is as much an art as it is a science, and it is for such reasons that we often speak of the “practice” of medicine.

Low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) can lead to aching muscles, aching joints, anxiety, cold and heat intolerance, constipation, decreased heart rate, deep voice, depression, dry hair, dry skin, enlarged tongue, fatigue, fluid retention, headaches, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypoglycemia, hypotension, infertility, irregular menstruation, low sex drive, memory impairment, slowed metabolism, swollen neck, and weight gain.