Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone, or T4, to keep the body running normally (ATA-thyroid.org). When thyroid hormone levels are too low, the body’s cells can’t get enough thyroid hormone and the body’s processes start slowing down. This may lead to the following symptoms:
Health Care Providers will diagnose Hypothyroidism by testing Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone levels, or TSH. Once you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and your doctor has prescribed a treatment plan, it’s important to have your TSH tested periodically to determine if any adjustments need to be made to your dose or how you take your medication.