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Hypothyroidism Specialist

Family First Wellness

Samantha Lindsay, MD

Family Medicine & Medical Spa located in Lutz, FL

Are you feeling lethargic or experiencing unexplained weight gain? These two symptoms are among the many life-altering effects that hypothyroidism can have on your body. At Family First Wellness, Samantha Lindsay, MD, specializes in diagnosing thyroid conditions, including hypothyroidism, to help her patients in Lutz, Florida, get the treatments they need. For more information on hypothyroidism, call the office or use the online scheduler.

Hypothyroidism Q & A

What is hypothyroidism?

Your thyroid is a gland located in your neck that produces thyroid hormones, which have an effect on almost every area of your health. Most people go through life without giving their thyroid a second thought as everything functions as it should. But when your thyroid underproduces critical hormones, the effects are so widespread that suddenly this small gland takes center stage. 

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Feeling colder
  • Dryer skin
  • Memory problems
  • Thinning hair
  • Muscle weakness or pain
  • High cholesterol

This list is by no means comprehensive as your thyroid hormones play a role in an incredibly wide range of areas, from keeping your body warm to maintaining optimal organ function. And people respond differently to lower-than-normal hormone levels so no two cases are alike when it comes to hypothyroidism.

What causes hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism can develop on the heels of:

  • An autoimmune disorder
  • Certain cancer treatments, such as radiation
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Certain medications

While these are the primary causes of hypothyroidism, there are several factors that place you more at risk, including:

  • Being a woman
  • Being older than 60
  • Heredity

No matter how the condition was brought on, the good news is that there is a solution.

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed and treated?

To determine whether hypothyroidism is behind your symptoms, Dr. Lindsay performs a thyroid-stimulating hormone test, which is the most accurate tool for measuring your thyroid hormone levels. To perform this test, she simply draws some of your blood, which is analyzed in the lab.

If she finds that you have insufficient levels of thyroid hormones, Dr. Lindsay is able to make up the difference through medications. Hypothyroidism can’t be cured, but Dr. Lindsay can effectively control the problem with synthetic thyroxine pills. 

It may take a little time to find the right dosage for your unique situation, but, rest assured, Dr. Lindsay is with you every step of the way as she works toward restoring hormonal balance in your body for better health and wellness.

If you suspect you may be dealing with hypothyroidism, call Family First Wellness or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.