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Let us first define what is thyroid, the root word of hypothyroidism. Thyroid is one of the biggest endocrine glands in our body. It is found in the neck. It controls how fast our body uses energy, produces proteins, and how sensitive our body should be to other hormones. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland are known as the T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). T3 and T4 are very essential in our body for it affects the function of some important systems in our body. The two known problems of the thyroid gland are the hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the overactive thyroid, while hypothyroidism is the underactive.

Hypothyroidism is the condition leading to the less production of thyroid hormone. Commonly this problem is caused by Iodine deficiency. It may also be a case of hereditary. Statistics show that more women are likely to have this problem. And rarely, it may be caused by Hashimoto’s, surgical procedures, or pituitary problems. The best way to know is to consult a doctor.

You might be experiencing some of these when you have hypothyroidism or about to have it :

You easily get tired, irregular menstruation, cold intolerance, itchy skin, paleness, constipation, weight gain, less sweating, low heart rate, depression, rapid thoughts, brittle fingers, color sensitivity, and uncouth hair. Wow, that’s a lot. You must observe what’s happening to your body. That’s just under the “early” category. I, for one, didn’t see all of these symptoms to myself.

For the “late” category, a person will experience some of these: slow speech, puffy skin, abnormal menstrual cycles, thinning of the outer third of eyebrows, depression, and infringement of voice. And for the “uncommon” category: impaired memory, hair loss, sluggish reflexes, irritability, briefness of breath, increased call for sleep, difficulty swallowing, decreased sense of taste and smell, deafness, and inattentiveness.

Most of the symptoms I’ve experienced are listed in the uncommon category. I’ve known lately that my mom had undergone a surgery with her thyroid. In my case, it’s hereditary. My older sisters are already undertaking medication, and so do I. My doctor required me to do laboratory tests, and recommended me to take this medicine, which contains an active ingredient thyroxine. It works by replacing the body’s low levels of thyroxine.

If I didn’t bother to take a medical certificate at our school’s clinic, I won’t know that I already have hypothyroidism. When I was young, I already took laboratory tests and did not show any signs. I thought I wasn’t going to have it. But I was wrong. The moment you feel that you’re experiencing these symptoms, I suggest that you consult a doctor quickly. It will be very difficult to handle severe cases. I don’t know to my doctor until when I’ll be taking this medicine. I’m really thankful that the medicine prescribed is reducing the size of my neck. Don’t let hypothyroidism stop you from doing things you want to do! Good health, everyone!


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