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    What is Hyperthyroidism?

    Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone. Having too much thyroid hormone can make a lot of things in your body speed up. You may lose weight quickly, have a fast heartbeat, sweat a lot, or feel nervous and moody. Or you may have no symptoms at all.

    Hyperthyroidism is easily treated. With treatment, you can lead a healthy life. Without treatment, hyperthyroidism can lead to serious heart problems, bone problems, and a dangerous condition called thyroid storm.

    What causes Hyperthyroidism?

    Graves’ disease causes most hyperthyroidism. With Graves’ disease, the body’s natural defense (immune) system attacks the thyroid gland. The thyroid fights back by making too much thyroid hormone. Like many thyroid problems, Graves’ disease is often hereditary. Sometimes hyperthyroidism is caused by a swollen thyroid or small growths in the thyroid called thyroid nodules.

    Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

    You may have no symptoms at all or may feel the following:

    • -You may feel nervous, moody, weak, or tired.
    • -Your hands may shake, your heart may beat fast, or you may have problems breathing.
    • -You may be hot and sweaty or have warm, red, itchy skin.
    • -You may have more bowel movements than usual.
    • -You may have fine, soft hair that is falling out.
    • -You may lose weight even though you eat the same or more than usual.
    • -You may have heavy menstrual cycles or more frequent menstruation

    What is Hypothyroidism?

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the necessary thyroid hormone. With a thyroid deficiency, women may have less energy and a decreased metabolism, both of which can lead to obesity.

    Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

    • -Fatigue
    • -Weight gain, especially belly fat
    • -Constipation
    • -Menstrual irregularities
    • -Numbness/ tingling of extremities
    • -Loss of mental clarity or difficulty concentrating
    • -Depression, irritability, or anxiety
    • -Slow heart rate
    • -High blood pressure or high cholesterol
    • -Muscle or joint pain
    • -Cool, pale, dry, itching, rough, or scaly skin
    • -Yellow skin tone

    How Treatment Works for Hypothyroidism

    One of our medical professionals will conduct a comprehensive health assessment that includes a simple blood test. This blood test is a full lab panel including your thyroid function (TSH, Free T3, Free T4). If your numbers reveal abnormal levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), the medical team may draw an additional blood panel to determine your triiodothyronine (T3), or thyroxine (T4).  Additionally, your medical provider may recommend a sonogram of your thyroid. In conjunction with HerKare’s National Medical Director, your provider will recommend a treatment plan for you. Once your treatment regimen is underway to address symptoms of low or hyperactive thyroid (or other underlying conditions), your provider will optimize treatments to maximize your health and wellness.

    Benefits and Results of Hypothyroidism Treatment

    Treating low thyroid may greatly improve your energy level, metabolism, and weight loss success.  Because HerKare takes a holistic approach to women’s healthcare, our medical professionals can proactively address other conditions you may be currently experiencing, or could experience at a later time.  These conditions may also affect thyroid levels and how you feel and so are taken into consideration as the medical team works develops and adjusts your treatment plan as you go forward.

    Potential Side Effects of Hypothyroidism Treatment

    With correct dosing and administration, side effects from thyroid hormone replacement are rare. During your visit, you will work with your provider to determine the appropriate dose and method of administration and discuss possible side effects and contraindications.

    Cost of Hypothyroidism Treatment

    HerKare is in network with most insurance providers. The cost for low thyroid treatment is dependent upon your individual health insurance plan. Patients are responsible for all applicable deductibles or co-pays under the terms of their plans.