A butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, the thyroid secretes hormones that regulates metabolism. Low levels of this hormone can lead to symptoms listed above and eventually lead to the disorders and diseases. Women, more than men, are more likely to have a problematic thyroid as they age. Most women experience these symptoms gradually, making them unnoticeable. But in some, they are abrupt and can happen within months or even weeks.
As soon as one notices any of these symptoms, one must consult a doctor. The doctor will ask for a thyroid function test to be done (three tests to be precise, T3, T4 and TSH) and it is done by taking a blood sample on empty stomach first thing in the morning. After assessing the readings, the doctor will prescribe medication. Fortunately, the thyroid hormone can easily be replaced with a synthetic hormone and it is available in the form of a pill to be taken once a day in the morning. But the dosage has to be set right and this is done by the doctor through constant monitoring. Once the optimal dosage is set, the results can be immediate and visible.
Hence, if you find any of these symptoms do not delay in consulting your doctor.
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