Many patients are referred to a Brooklyn endocrinologist when their primary care doctors notice a number of common medical symptoms develop in patients for which other diagnostic tests have proved negative. As a matter of fact, the symptoms of hypothyroidism can be overlooked for many years as nuisance ailments, but when presented in totality, the following symptoms may point to the patient’s thyroid gland not producing enough of certain important hormones. Early signs of hypothyroidism include:
- Elevated blood cholesterol level
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Constipation and/or weight gain
- Dry skin and/or puffy face
- Muscle stiffness, tenderness
- Depression, Impaired memory
Getting an Accurate Hypothyroidism Diagnosis
Today, hypothyroidism is a common health problem for women, especially those that are entering their menopausal or peri-menopausal stages of life. Because the symptoms of hypothyroidism can mimic many other common ailments, it is believed that millions of women are not getting the proper treatment due to inaccurate diagnosis.
If you suffer from multiple symptoms as listed above, you should seek the help of a Brooklyn endocrinologist that will examine more than brain hormone levels or TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) – but will also consider other hormone deficiencies which are often overlooked and can also contribute to hypothyroidism, namely:
- High Cortisol Levels of this stress hormone when over-produced by the adrenal gland can trigger inflammation along with metabolic and thyroid disorders. Prolonged symptoms include depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline.
- Estrogen Levelsare often overlooked as contributing to hypothyroidism. Estrogen dominance can occur in women who have used oral birth control pills in addition to synthetic estrogen replacement therapy.
- Iodine Deficiency is still controversial as to its relationship to promoting hypothyroidism, but the lack of iodine in our nation’s food supply is real and the lack is usually replaced by toxic halogens such as fluoride, bromine, and chlorine.
The thyroid gland needs iodine for the conversion of thyroid hormones: Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3)
- Low T4 to T3 Conversion Rates– when synthetic T4 thyroid hormone treatments do not make the proper conversion to T3, which could be due to low Selenium counts, heavy metals toxicity, or environmental pollutants.
When to See a Brooklyn Endocrinologist
According to Mayo Clinic, if you have a mix of the above listed symptoms accompanied by a hoarse voice, dry skin, or a pale, puffy face, you should periodically have your thyroid functioning testing by an endocrinologist. Additionally, for women who have had previous thyroid surgery, radiation therapy to the upper portion of the body, or have been treated with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid medications, there is a higher rate of hypothyroidism conditions.
Contact Maimonides Medical Center, a Brooklyn-based endocrinologist and metabolic specialist, for the latest in diagnosis, treatment options, and consultation of hypothyroidism.