Certain drugs such as lithium may also cause this condition, so ask your doctor about the effects of the medication that you are taking may have on your thyroid gland.
The good news is that hypothyroidism can be tested and diagnosed with a thyroid function test, and safely and effectively treated with a synthetic thyroid hormone.
With this medication you will start to feel less tired in one to two weeks, your cholesterol levels will gradually decrease, and you will start losing the extra weight.
The treatment usually lasts a lifetime. Your doctor will find the right dose for you and may change it from time to time based on your annual thyroid function tests.
Your doctor might recommend annual thyroid hormone tests if you are above a certain age, but it is always important to listen to your body and be aware of suspicious changes.
Always be proactive and consult your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. Your thyroid might be asking for help!
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Reviewed February 3, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith